What a difference a day makes! Saturday was a perfect late summers day, blue skies and sunshine all over Somerset! Overnight, the clouds gathered, the rain fell and players arrived atClevedon to be greeted by a persistent drizzle and wet conditions. Having said that, the greens were running fast and true with may players commenting on how impressed they were with how the course is progressing under the stewardship of Course Manager Steve Ewing. One prominent Somerset player remarked that "they were the finest I have played all year." The wet conditions made scoring difficult though, and the damp rough had a nast habit of gripping the clubs to make recovery shots just that bit harder. CSS went to 76 on the day, 3 shots higher than standard.
Of the early starters, Burnham & Berrow posted the target for the others to aim for. There best 3 scores totalled 239, including an excellent nett 72 from David Whyte. They were overhauled by the defending champions from The Mendip led by Mal Srawley, before the conditions did brighten somewhat and perhaps scoring became slightly easier.
The two teams from Oake Manor both posted good team scores, with a close rivalry coming to the fore as the second teams' scores came in. They fell 1 shot behind Neil Mossman, Simon Rudd, James Ward and Bob Tye on a total of 228. Long Sutton were also closing in, and it all depended on their final player.Wes Allen led from the front with a sub-par round of net 71, well supported by John Parkinson with a score of 76. Question, could Henry Edwards do enough to snatch the lead? Answer - yes! A total of 227 put them in front, with only Clevedon 2 and Taunton & Pickeridge left out on the course, could Long Sutton be stopped?
We had to wait for the final card of the day to be handed in before we knew the answer. Clevedon 2s Rich Littlewood handed in a nett 72 to give them a total of 225, winning the Trounson Trophy by 2 shots. Rob Parker recorded a gross 77 to snatch the best gross score prize from David Whyte.
Cogratulations to Clevedon, and many thanks for allowing us the use of the course for the day. Next year we will be playing the competition at Tall Pines Golf Club, who have always been great supporters of the event. We sincerely hope that more Clubs will choose to enter next year, this is the chance for every golfer to compete for his club in a handicap event. Make a note in your diaries - we want to see you there!
The Trounson Trophy is a handicapTeam Bowmaker competition, with 4 players making up a team. The best 3 scores will count. The maximum handicap allowamce is 18. Full conditions may be viewed by clicking on the link opposite.
|Future Dates||2nd September 2018|
|Future Venues||Tall Pines Golf Club|