In response to feedback from the players, the Scratch Foursomes competition was re-aligned to become a Scratch Pairs Championship. Instead of 36 holes of foursomes, we decided to play the afternoon round as a Scratch Betterball, andd to combine the two scores to produce a 36 hole Championship.
The results were very encouraging as the size of the field was over double in numbers from the recent past, and everyone seemed very pleased with the new formation. Two new trphies were purchased, so there were a good number of prizes to be won.
The morning round of foursomes was won by the final pairing of Taylor Stote and Kobe Adams, runners up in 2017. The early pace was set by County Captain Justin Lane and Oli Worts, returning home with a score of 72. Thet were knocked off top spot by Josh Butterfied and Taylor Lloyd, courtesy of a 2 shot better back nine. Taylor and Kobe clinched the Trophy with a score of 71.
In the afternoon we played a scratch betterball competition, and the scores reflected the quality of the players who had come to compete. Four pairs returned betterball scores of 63, with the trophy claimed on countback by Matt Pearson and David Gregory.
We also needed countback to decide the overall competition winners, with Phil White and Sam Fernley joining Jason Brock and Tom Trowbridge with scores of 73 and 63. The better result in the betterball competition decided the Champions, Sam 7 Phil prevailing with a better back 9 in the afternoon.
|Scratch Pairs Championship|
|Winners||Sam Fernley (Weston-super-Mare) & Phil White (Burnham & Berrow)||73 & 63 (cb)|
|2nd Place||Jason Brock (weston-super-Mare & Tom Trowbridge (Burnham & Berrow)||73 & 63|
|3rd Place||Alex Winn & Josh Freeman(both Worlebury)||74 & 65|
|Best Nett||Harvey Brooks & Andrew Cole (both Saltford||71.5 & 64 Nett|
|Winners||Kobe Adams (Oake Manor) & Taylor Stote (Enmore Park)||71|
|2nd Place||Josh Butterfield (Weston-super-Mare) & Taylor Lloyd (Burnham & Berrow||72 (cb)|
|Winners||Matt Pearson (weston-super-Mare & David Gregory (Burnham & Berrow)||63 (cb)|
|2nd Place||Josh Martin & Will Parkman (both Vivary Park)||63|
The competition next year will again be held at Weston-super-Mare Glf Club on April 7th
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)|