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Lukee Christmas Cup at Brean Golf Club
1:00pm Thursday 6th December 2012 in Sport
MORE than 50 players turned up to play the annual Lukee Christmas Cup where every player wins a prize of some description.
All three divisions were won with scores in excess of 40 points with the leading score on the day being returned by Division Three winner Graham Foy.
He carded 42 points to take his Division as well as the Lukee Cup awarded for the leading score overall. Runner up to Foy, five points behind him, was Pat Mullholland who was making a rare Sunday appearance.
Division One was again a Jones brothers shootout with Steve winning on 41 two points more than sibling Paul. Division Two winner was Mark Hatfield who has been playing some superb golf of late and his 41 points gave him the smallest winning margin of the day. His one point victory relegated the consistent Tony Richards to second. All three divisional winners took home a Christmas Hamper which they will certainly enjoy over the festive period. In the Ladies event Mark's wife Suzanne couldn't quite make it a Hatfield double as she had to settle for second behind winner Annie Williams.
Ron Vine and Paul Jones teamed up to win the Christmas Ransome at Brean on Saturday with an excellent score of nett 59. The format sees each pair play three different formats within the 18 holes as Scramble, Greensomes and Foursomes are all included for 6 holes apiece.
The winners set off well with three birdies in their first six holes but the crucial factor was their closing trio of threes following a birdie two at the 15th in the tougher foursomes format which ultimately brought them the win by just .3 of a stroke.
The unlucky pair to miss out in second spot were Tony Richards and Russell Shaw who stuttered slightly over the same closing stretch where the winners had excelled. They had stormed out in an amazing gross 29 strokes but couldn't quite maintain the same scoring on the inward run to help them secure the win.
Third place went Club Chairman Graham Exton and his partner Matt Haskins with a nett 61. With the temporary greens in operation and the formats being used it was always going to be a good day for Two's and an impressive 16 were recorded throughout the field. Instead of sharing the pot though they were all left empty handed as Roy Fletcher scooped the lot with the shot of the day.
His 8 iron tee shot to the par 3 second bounced once and then disappeared into the hole for an Ace. In accordance to the club rules this meant he claimed the whole two's pot of £40 on offer.
The Seniors held their Christmas Ransome last week and it was won by the tried and tested pairing of Dave Benjafield and Charlie Hastie.
Despite partners being drawn out it was not the first time that this pair had been teamed up but it was to prove a successful partnership as they ended the day a stroke clear of their rivals. With the course still just about managing to hold its head over water after the recent downpours the event was shortened to 15 holes.
Benjafield and Hastie returned a score of 60.7 and this was not to be matched allowing them first selection from the well stocked prize table. Runners up were Tony Tissington and Mike Haskins on 61.7 just over half a shot ahead of the third place finishers Pete Douglas and Ian Raymond. Len Young and Ken Ponter completed the top four with their 63.