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5:00am Friday 8th March 2013 in Sport
CAPTAIN Elect Paul Jones is certainly the man to beat at Brean Golf Club at the moment. He claimed his second piece of silverware in seven days as he took the Charles Cooke March Hare on Saturday and 24 hours later took the Division One Monthly Stableford to add to his growing list of succeses.
Jones followed on from his top spot in the Mike Teal Trophy when he handed in a superb card of 43 points in the March Hare stableford event. This total was matched shortly afterwards by the 2012 Most Improved Player at Brean, Phil Hodgson. Both players scored the same totals for the front and back nines so it went down to the last six holes to decide the winner. Jones held the slightest of advantages in this countback and took the win. Another up and coming player in Craig Wheelaghan took third spot on 42 points whilst Russell Shaw was 4th on 40 coming out ahead in a countback with Dave Lockwood and John Brewer who also reached that mark.
Pete Dunn had the best score of the day in the March Monthly Stableford on Sunday as he was the only player to top the 40 point barrier on a cold day at the Leisure Park. A sharp drop in the overnight temperatures saw most of the front nine holes played to temporary greens to allow the frost to come out of the ground but with these greens proving tricky in the hard conditions scoring wasn't as easy as expected. Dunn claimed the Division Two award with his score ahead of Mark Hatfield who dropped his handicap by a stroke with his effort of 39 points. A familar name topped the Division One results charts as Paul Jones maintained his winning run. He didn't expect his 38 point total to be good enough to take top spot but no one could match it throughout the day. His nearest challenger was fellow early starter Barrie Tucker on 37 points. Division Three was won with 37 points as Kieran Franklin held off Gordon Wheelaghan on countback over the back nine holes.
W stood for winner as the team made up of Dai Wood and Jim Wotton joined forces to win the latest round of the Seniors Winter League on Tuesday of last week. This time it was a Greensomes Stableford format and the victors returned a score of 38 points. Their margin of victory was a single point from runners up Jeremy Savill and Tony Roper whilst they were also one point clear of the third placed duo in Charlie Hastie and Barrie Tucker.
Brean Director of Golf David Haines made his annual winter trip to sunnier climes to compete in the North Region PGA Overseas Pro Am in the Algarve. Showing signs that hopefully his back problems of late 2012 are now behind him he ended the third day just 4 shots of the leaders after steady rounds of 72,71 and 73. His final round wasn't what he had hoped for though and a 78 saw him slip back to, a still respectable, tenth position in an event which contained current European Seniors Tour player Gary Wolstenholme. Back in the UK Andrew March and Roy Baker flew the Brean flag in the G&S PGA Medal at Naunton Downs in Gloucestershire. March fared the better of the pair with his round of 75 leaving him in share for eighth spot a few strokes ahead of Baker.
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