Playing this fine Championship in July was always going to have a knock-no effect but with fixture congestion common as we all get back to normality, we knew that some golfers would not be available for these years rearranged Championship. In 2022 the event is in the diary at Burnham & Berrow. (Tuesday 12th & Wednesday 13th April) Our apologies to those otherwise committed this year and a warm welcome to those who joined us for the very first time.
For sure this year’s weather was far better than in April 2019, brilliant sunshine from start to finish and a slight breeze to make the Championship Links just a little more difficult, not that it needed to be any more difficult!
Burnham & Berrow was in perfect condition IF you managed to stay on the cut bits! This year’s rough was very tough indeed and around every corner the golfer new that one wayward shot would be very costly.
Day 1 – less than 20 broke 80 gross, the lowest of all, Rob Godley (Hillside GC) 73, David McMillan (Hayling GC) 74 and a host of 75’s in the following pack
Day 2 – Our overnight leader played well and returned a 75 gross, joint 5th on the day along with Mark Blaber (Carlyon Bay) Oscar O’Herlihy (Basingstoke) and Simon Dymoke (North Wilts). Mark Snape (Tidworth Garrison) 74 came 4th, Ian Crowther (Royal Lytham & St Annes 3rd 72 and joint 1st day 2 Nicholas Grimmitt (Glamorganshire) and Trevor Foster (Pleasington) with fine 71’s.
Lets talk about the last hole of the very last match. Our overall winner needing to get up and down from an exceedingly difficult position in a greenside bunker to win the Championship by a single shot. In all probabilities the result would have been, get it out on to the green anywhere and look for 2 putts to take it to a play with Rob Godey who looked on in anticipation. Step forward Trevor Foster, bunker shot of the day and a tap in to win by 1 on 147. His playing partners Nicholas Grimmitt and Ian Crowther finishing in 2nd and 4th overall.
Trevor obviously likes Burnham & Berrow and has now won the Championship twice. Well done Trevor and all the competitors in this years West of England Senior’s Open. We hope to see many of you next April when conditions may be slightly different!
2020 CHAMPIONSHIP NOT PLAYED
Competitors arriving for the competition were pleasantly surprised to find that the weather conditions at Burnham and Berrow were remarkably benign - no rain, hail and only a gentle breeze! Taking full advantage were Richard Norton from Beverley and East Riding GC and Gareth Bramley from Bramhall GC. Both returned 2 under par totals of 69 to hold a 1 stroke lead over Morlais Castle's Michael Gwyther and Rob Godley from Hillside GC.
Defending Champion Trevor Foster was in the group who shot 74 for a tie for 12th place, along with Somerset's Jamie Ward.
Rain was forecast for the second day, but we were given some hope that the worst of the weather would pass by. After the first groups went out on to the course, the skies darkened and the rain began to fall, growing heavier as the day wore on. Burnham & Berrow bared its teeth and competitors returned to the clubhouse cold, wet and thankful to be back. A welcome complementary hot meal revived spirits, but some peoples thoughts were with the marshalls and referees who stayed out all day in horrible conditions. Not surprisingly, scoring was muvch tougher with the CSS going up 2 shots to 76.
Despite the conditions, Richard Jones from Royal Porthcawl led the way with an excellent 71, closely followed by Brian Rigby from the Glamorganshire with a round of 72. These were 2 of a very select group of players who improved upon their Round 1 scores.
With the leaders going out last, the leaderboard was changing throughout the day, and the Championship would not be decided until the last group were in. From the overnight leaders, Richard Norton managed to hold off the challenge from Gareth Bradley. His score of 75 was 2 shots better than Gareth, and the trophy crossed the Pennines to Yorkshire with a very worthy winner.
Thank you to everyone who took part, and we hope to see you back in 2020.