We are very pleased to be able to bring the 2018 County Scratch Foursomes to Weston-super-Mare Gold Club where we kn ow that the greens will be in fantastic condition this early in the season.
Some consider foursomes to be the purest form of matchplay golf, and yet we have seen the number of entrants fall away in recent years, but we are determined to try to reverse that trend in 2018. We have moved the date to avoid clashing with the West of England event, and we will be doing our best to encourage more players to come forward.
We have been receiving feedback that todays players are less keen on the format than previous generations, and that they prefer to play their own ball.
What has been suggested is that we incorporate both forms of play on the day, and play 18 holes of foursomes in the morning, followed by a better ball round in the afternoon. Both rounds will be scratch strokeplay, with the lowest combined score on the day winning the overall competition.
To preserve the integrity of the Scratch Foursomes trophy, that will be presented to the lowest score in the morning round, with an additional trophy awarded to the overall winners on the day.
There will also be prizes for the best nett scores so that more people will be in with the chance of winning a prize.
We hope that the foursomes format will prove popular to our County Teams and to those clubs who participate in the Bristol & District League. The competition will prove an invaluable test of early season form as well as the opportunity to try out new potential pairings.
For the many clubs who take part in the increasingly popular Avalon League, a better-ball competition will a more attractive format for them.
As a little bit of added spice, our County teams are using the competition as part of their trials process, and a friendly inter-team challenge has been arranged.
The competition will be played at Weston-super-Mare Golf Club, an all year round course where we can be assured of good playing conditions and true greens so early in the season.
Entry is just £32 per pair for 36 holes of competitive golf with the possibility of winning a prize and becoming a County Champion – what is there not too like?
Foursomes is an important feature of competitive golf for all of our Clubs in Somerset, as it is the basis for both of the Somerset Bowl competitions. We intend to make the competition more attractive for the higher handicap golfers to enter with a new trophy and increased prizes for a net competition.
Principally though, this is a scratch championship, and that plays such an important role in determing the success of our County sides at Channel League and South West week levels. We will be also establishing an inter- county team competition between the men, seniors' and hopefully juniors, to allow the team captains to judge some early season form.
For the Club golfer, particularly towards the north of the county who compete in the Bristol & District League, this is an ideal opportunity for the team Captains to make sure their players get some practice in foursomes golf before the start of the league season.
In an attempt to revive interest in the competition, the date was changed to earlier in the season, and we were very fortunate that Burnham & Berrow gave us the use of the Channel Course to stage the Scratch Foursomes. The course was presented in exceptional condition with the greens running fast and true. Conditions in the morning were bright and clear, and the breeze bordering on the benign. As is typical though, the wind did pick up significantly in the afternoon, which made scoring much more difficult.
County Captain Justin Lane, partnered by Ollie Worts, set the early pace, and were leaders in the clubhouse with a score of 73, closely followed by Josh Freeman and Alex Winn just a shot behind. Playing in the last group were Andy and James who returned a card of 71 shots to lead at the halfway stage. It was as they were putting out on the 18th green that the wind speed started to increase, giving those on and arounf the green a foretaste of what was to come!
In the afternoon Taylor Stote and Kobe Adams carded a 76 to finish with a total of 151. Josh and Alex found the going tougher, but finshed strongly with 3 birdies on 16, 17 and 18 to tie, but had to settle for 3rd place on countback.
Andy and James returned with a score of 78 and total of 149 to take the trophy. Andy was a previous winner when partnered by Myles Angell in 2015. Winners of the Best Net competition were Jamie Tompkins and George Cawse from Burnham & Berrow.
Over the next months we shall be having a rethink on the future of the competition as the numbers were again smaller than we would have hoped, but the competition wathoroughly enjoyed by all who participated. Our thanks again to Burnham & Berrow, the members and management, as well as the Bar & Catering team led by Sean Palmer, who all contributed to the success of the day.
SCRATCH FOURSOMES SUCCESS FOR SAM FERNLEY AND TAYLOR LLOYD
Cool but dry conditions and a challenging Farrington Park course greeted competitors in the annual 36-hole scratch foursomes competition.
After the morning round Josh Butterfield and Scott Bellinger had eased ahead with a gross 76 but it was Sam Fernley and Taylor Lloyd who maintained their consistency and came home winners with two fine rounds of 77, gross 154.
The nett prize was won by James Mitchell and Adam Williams who scored a nett 154.
Clevedon Golf Club hosted the County Scratch Foursomes competition, and although there was a disppointingly smaller field than normal, the home pair proved very worthy winners.
They opened their account with a score of 75, 1 shot ahead of Craig Manson and Jamie Tompkins, also of Clevedon Golf Club. In 3rd place after the morning round were late entrants Sam Fernley and Will Bennett. They had finished competing in the West of England Amateur Championships at Saunton and had travelled to Clevedon to take part. They were just 3 shots off the pace at the half way stage.
As the 2nd round got underway, Andy and Myles held their game together to shoot a 76. They faced an anxious wait as rumours were coming in that Sam and Will were on a charge and the deficit was being reduced. In the end, Sam and Will finished with a round of the day of 74, leaving the Clevedon team to win by 1 shot.
Andy is a seasoned member of the County Development squad, and Myles is keen to catch the eye of team captain Neil Mossman to show that he has recaptured his earlier form.
The trophy was presnented by SGU Vice President Paul Middleton who thanked the Clevedon Captain Mike Parker and Chairman David Fife for allowing the competition to be held at their course.
|Future Dates:||9th April 2017|
|Future Venues:||Burnham & Berrow GC (Channel Course)|