In yet another thrilling climax to the Somerset County Championship. Jeremy Larcombe took the title after a 4 hole play off.
We enjoyed some wonderful weather and a course set up in excellent condition as we arrived at Bath for this years competition. The morning round was dominated by Taylor Stote from Enmore Park who displayed some exceptional golf to reurn a 5 under par score of 66. This opened up a four hole lead over his closest rival, clubmate Matt Kippen. There were a bunch of players all handily placed to take advantage of any lapse in form during the afternoon. Leading the pack were Jason Brock, Sam Fernley and Ian Parham.
Phil White, the defending Champion, was still very much in contention with a round of 73.
As the scores began to come in from the afternoon there was a feeling that the result would be in the balance, and Performance Coach Russell Covey confidently predicting a play-off.
Matt could nit hold his form, and a round of 84 put paid to his hopes, There were plenty of players making moves in the opposite direction, notably former County stalwarts George Morgan with a score of 69, and Tom Lowe with a round of 70. Craig Adams, now restored to the County side, also scored well with 71.
Taylor was another who went backward, a round of 76 leaving him on level par for the day. Sam Fernley was having a good second round, but mistakes on the 17th led to a quadruple bogey and an end to his hopes for this years event.
Jeremy returned with a score 0f 68 to tie the lead with Taylor, and referee Paul Wills took the players out to begin a four-hole play off. They eventually shooks hand on the 18th green with a first County title for Jeremy.
Taylor took the Colts Trophy with Saltford's Louis Archer returned the best score by a Junior on the day. Burnham & Berrow, represented by Phil White, Sam Fernley and Justin Lane retained the Champion Club title.
We will again have the luxury of a two-tee start for the competition this year. where Phil White will be attempting a hat-trick of victories, but he will be facing increased competition as this event gives a final chance for players to stake a claim to represent Somerset at South West Week.