BREAN Golf Club hit the road for their annual away trips this week and, as usual, the venue was the Channel Course at Burnham and Berrow for the Boycie Trophy on Saturday and the Car Rally Trophy on Sunday.
The course only just survived the weather of the last week as it was covered in four inches of snow as recently as Friday and then received another deluge of rain on Saturday night.
Considering this, the course played pretty well and, with a couple of extra local rules added, the players set about scoring as many stableford points as they could.
The later starters had to endure a couple of icy cold rain/hail showers as they completed their back nines so, not surprisingly, the majority of the better scores came from the early groups.
Trevor Pitt was suitably attired for the soggy conditions in his golfing wellies and he quietly accumulated the best score of the day. His round of 41 points saw him collect points on every hole and was three better than anyone else managed.
Another early starter, Steve Jones, was one of two players to hand in 38s with Paul McLanaghan producing the best round of the later starters being the other. Murray Parsons was next in line with 37 just ahead of Pete Dunn, Paul Jones and Phil Hodgson all with 36. The format of the day, though, was a Blind Pair' so anticipation grew as the cards were drawn out of the box to ascertain everyone’s partners.
Early leaders were Steve Jones and Barrie Tucker on 73 and they led until the last two cards remained. Fittingly, it was the two best scores of the day that took the top prize as the last two cards saw Trevor Pitt paired with Paul McLanaghan for an unbeatable 79.
Jones and Tucker took second while Phil Hodgson and Steve Bateman beat Pete Dunn and Chris Fairchild on countback after they both totalled 68. The only two was scored by Tony Richards as he birdied the second hole to take home the healthy the pot.
Assistant Professional Roy Baker won the Boycie Trophy played over the Channel Course the previous day with a score of 34 points. Three bogies in his front nine score of 15 points were followed by another dropped shot at the 10th after he had lost a ball.
An impressive birdie at the tough 11th regained one of those shots and the downwind par five 13th was also birdied by him on his way to the winning score.
Head pro Andrew March took the runners-up spot for the second year running on 33 in what proved to be a good day for the Pros. Third place went to Craig Wheelaghan, who notched 32, which was all the more impressive considering he failed to score on four of the 18 holes.
The only lady in the field was Jenny Vaughan and she finished a very creditable fourth with a score of 31 while Andy Thomas rounded out the prizewinners on 30 beating Trevor Pitt on a back nine countback for the place.