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Aspinall leads the way at Brean Monthly Medal
7:00am Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Sport
PHIL Aspinall led the way for the whole day in last Sunday's Monthly Medal.
Playing in the first group out on the course he scored a stunning nett 63 to win Division Two from Alec Bateman who had a nett 67.
Paul McLanaghan recovered from a disastrous round the previous day in the Stableford to take the Division One honours with a nett 65 which also helped his handicap move towards his goal of single figures.
Runner up was another Bateman in the shape of Steve who had a nett 68 as he recovered well from a poor start. Another early starter in Kevin Davies led the Division Three scorecharts with his nett 66.
A countback was needed to decide the Ladies event with Sheila Rouse making it a win double as she edged out Debbie Windmill on the back nine.
ANDREW March and David Haines started their G&S PGA Winter season by taking part in the Wormald and Partners G&S PGA Matchplay Championship at Chipping Sodbury Golf Club last week.
With the leading players from last season's Order of Merit plus a couple of invites taking part March was seeded 6th and Haines 7th. They both won their first round matches on Monday morning with Haines posting an impressive 4&3 victory over the host club's Robin Goodey.
March was up against former Brean Assistant Shane Kaye and in a close game just edged it by one hole after Kaye found the water at the closing hole.
In the Quarter Finals in the afternoon Haines met his match against number two seed Giuseppe Licata from Bristol Golf Centre and found his interest in the Championship ended by mid afternoon. March however was in control of his game from the start against Daryl Kelley from Filton and closed it out by 4&3 to set up a tie with Haines's conqueror the following morning.
Following a short fog delay he made a steady start but a couple of loose shots gave his opponent a lead he would never relinquish and March also suffered defeat at the hands of Licata by 4&2.
Licata did go on to win the Championship for the second time beating Ed Goodwin in the Final in the afternoon. Strangely enough when Licata won it for the first time in 2010 he also beat both March and Haines along the way.
Next Wednesday sees the start of the new Total Triumph Order of Merit when the Pro's will be tackling the challenges of Brean. Please feel free to come along and watch.
BARRIE Tucker produced another sub-par round of golf as his nett 66 won the Seniors Medal last Tuesday. He beat another Barrie in to second spot as Barrie Yearsley handed in a nett 67.
Charlie Hastie was third with a nett 70 ahead of the rest who struggled somewhat to keep up with the leaders hot scoring. Bill Griffin won the Seniors Chairman's Cup two days later with a 38 point total.
This was one point better than both Pete Douglas and Ken Ponter with the countback favouring Douglas for second spot.
The annual Charity Open at Brean in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer was played on Saturday.
The inclement weather in the morning restricted the numbers who took part but a close result ensued from those who did.
81 points was the winning score handed in by later starters Chris Stephens, Mark Elvins, Don Blackwell and Peter Searle. Just a single point behind were the quartet of Kevin Davies, Mats Mattsson, Tony Higgins and Roger Vaughan.
They in turn were a single point ahead of the third placed team which consisted of Mel Brown, Tony Groves, Nigel Ellis and Club Captain Brian Read.
Results 22.09.13 Monthly Medal Div One 1, Paul McLanaghan 77-12-65 2, Steve Bateman 73-5-68 Div Two 1, Phil Aspinall 81-18-63 2, Alec Bateman 84-17-67 Div Three 1, Kevin Davies 88-22-66 2, Ken Rouse 106-28-78 Ladies 1, Sheila Rouse 2, Debbi Windmill 24.09.13 Seniors Medal