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Baker's back with Stableford win at Brean Golf Club
5:00pm Thursday 9th August 2012 in Other
ROY Baker stormed to success in the July Stableford last week with an excellent card of 41 points.
Shrugging off the recent disappointment of losing his Club Championship crown he got his round off to a fast start with an eagle and two birdies in his opening five holes and he maintained this form throughout the remaining holes. Runner up to Baker on 36 points was the consistent Stuart Wills. Division Three's winner was Kieran Franklin with 40 points.
He overcame a mid round wobble to take the win by a single point from Dale Stock. Two Welshmen headed the way in the Second flight as John Mardon's 38 points was enough to hold off his fellow countryman Tony Richards by a single point. Jenny Vaughan found top form in the Ladies event as she racked up a superb 40 points on her way to a comfortable victory over Liz Blackwell.
The Seniors had just one match during the week and this was away at Taunton Vale. They returned home with a creditable 3-3 draw and therefore gained another overall success over their counterparts over the home and away legs of the match.
The appalling weather has decimated much of the rest of the planned golf for Brean members with the annual Breanbury mixed fixture falling foul to the hefty showers that fell on Sunday morning. The large contingent of members that travelled up to Bristol & Clifton the previous day were also disappointed as the rain also ended the day victorious.
This was particularly tough luck on Eamonn Wynne and Steve Jones who found themselves lying in second place when the Bristol Tankards event was abandoned. Andrew March had his best finish of the season in a West Region PGA Order of Merit event when he tied for 22nd in the Forest Classic.
His first round of 67, two under par, at Forest of Dean GC left him handily placed in a tie for 10th at the halfway stage and he dropped away slightly on the second day with a 76 at Forest Hills to finish at +2 for the event. David Haines's challenge didn't get off to the best of starts shedding shots at regular intervals over his opening nine holes at Forest of Dean. He steadied the ship on the homeward nine to salvage a 71 and +2 for the first day. He, like March, could only add a 76 in his final round to finish just outside the top 40.
March's good friend European Tour player David Dixon took full advantage of a break in his schedule to play in this event and showed he was back to full fitness as he posted scores of 65 and 69. This left him at seven under and just one shy of the winner's score but rueing a misjudged approach to the 17th which cost him a bogey and his chance of victory. He topped up his earnings nicely though with another second place finish in the team event which ran alongside the Pro event.
Neither March or Haines partnering Jackie and Steve Richards from Burnham Portable Toilet Hire respectively featured in the upper reaches of the leaderboard in the team competition.