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Teetours second visit to this magnificent North Somerset links course was one month later than last year. Given the length and severity of the winter it was a good job too!

Torrential rain had once again deluged Britain and on the morning of the first day, the putting green was still standing in water.  Fortunately the rain stopped and this marvellous course dried out faster than an alcoholic in the Sahara.

Some of the 64 players had not been to Burnham before and for some it was their first experience of the links golf. For Lee Nightingale it was rather a rude awakening; so frustrated was he with his golf on Wednesday, that he discussed it with Stuart, Burnham’s eternally helpful handyman who, like Lee, plays off five handicap. Stuart told me that Lee was questioning his trusty two-iron which normally sends the ball 220 yards. Lee’s problem was that on Wednesday he was only achieving 170 yards from this flashing blade. Welcome to links golf Lee, you now know why The Open is always played by the sea.

A links course only comes into its own when the wind blows and on day one it certainly did that. Conditions were as tough as they get. The ball was only just managing to remain stationary on the green, which is more than could be said for hats, trolleys and various other pieces of equipment tossed aside like straw in the three club wind.

When I set off round the course to take some photographs, the first group I encountered were on the sixth hole and one wind-swept player asked me if it was too late to request a refund.

It was great to see a mixed team at this year‘s event; Matt and Angela Harrison teamed up with Jon and Anne Wardle. As the format sets out that teams play in pairs with players from other teams, the girls came in for much praise from the people they encountered over the two days, not only for the quality of the golf but also for the speed of play.

On day two, the wind was much reduced to about one club, readily making for appreciation of the magnificent views from both courses. 

Although the length of the channel course would suggest potential for a high scoring round, the tightness of the fairways and the size of the immaculate greens means that accuracy and straight hitting will always beat a wayward 300 yard drive.

On the afternoon of day two, the championship course was played from the white tees, rather than the yellow. Although this is not a massive change, the way the humps and hollows guide ones ball down the fairway of a links course, the same drive from a slightly longer tee may be found in a completely different place.

The overall verdict from all who participated was that they would all like to return next year. This is not surprising. The challenge of the golf courses goes without saying. It is all the other things that make this trip so memorable. That is a culture of genuine professional interest in the visitors to this venue; this emanates from the office of Karen Drake and her assistant Abbi. That professionalism extends to every facet of the staff. Jack and his family run the food and beverage side of the club with a never ending willingness to please.  Sadly, I always find it dangerous to venture into the professional shop because Graham and his team seem able to unearth items of golfing equipment, rarely seen elsewhere, and I am sure I speak for many, when I say that the temptation to purchase is equally matched by the willingness to serve from all members of the professional shop staff.

Burnham & Berrow overall team results 2018

POSITION

TEAM

POINTS

PLAYERS

1

4

208

Les Stallard & Steve Lewis

Darron Henn & Dave Brierley

2

6

202

Eddie Stirling & Matt Cheffins 

Darren Sumner & Tom Butler

3

11

195

Bill Angus & Peter Aldridge 

Richard Aldridge & Paul Sidwell

4

3

194

Dean Pointon & Roy Everett

John Miles & Glyn Everett 

5

14

189

John & Ann Wardle

Matt & Angela Harrison 

6

10

185

Bob Clarkson & Nigel Sherry

Alan Grant & Steve Hawke

7

15

183

Steve O’Reilly & Ronnie McPhee

Gary Thompson & Dennis Palmer 

8

13

182

Hugh McClean & Alan Hope

Bill Stubbins & Lyn Griffiths 

9

7

176

Ian Storer & Chris Pillis 

Martin Chattin & Richard Sheppard 

10

9

174

Danny Alvarez & Justin Goodby

David Homer & Jonathan Wheeler

11

1

172

Lyndon Tyler & Shaun Manley

Mark Newbold & Geoff Tibbetts 

12

12

172

Angelo Uva & Larry Doherty

Sean McNabola & Mick O’Driscoll

13

2

171

Brian Horton & Lee Nightingale 

Ralph Neale & Steve Smith

14

5

167

Lee Cooper & Dean McCarthy 

Will Cooper & Joe McCarthy 

15

8

166

David Hewitt & Peter Romyn

Martin Davis & Derek Pedley 

16

16

156

Paul Mitchell & Martin Hatt

Wayne Poulton & Dave Annetts 


WED 2ND MAY 2018

CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE - YELLOW TEES

TEAM SCORE

TIME

PLAYERS

SCORE

PLAYERS

SCORE

TEAM

POINTS

1

12.30

TEAM 1 PAIR A

Lyndon Tyler & Shaun Manley

27

&

TEAM 9 PAIR A

Danny Alvarez & David Homer

25

1

54

2

12.38

TEAM 1 PAIR B

Mark Newbold & Geoff Tibbetts 

27

&

TEAM 9 PAIR B

Justin Goodby & Jonathan Wheeler

27

2

50

3

12.46

TEAM 2 PAIR A

Brian Horton & Lee Nightingale 

27

&

TEAM 10 PAIR A

Alan Grant & Bob Clarkson 

29

3

58

4

12.54

TEAM 2 PAIR B

Ralph Neale & Steve Smith

23

&

TEAM 10 PAIR B

Steve Hawke & Nigel Sherry

28

4

64

5

13.02

TEAM 3 PAIR A

Dean Pointon & John Miles

28

&

TEAM 11 PAIR A

Richard Aldridge & Peter Aldridge 

35

5

51

6

13.10

TEAM 3 PAIR B

Roy Everett & Glyn Everett 

30

&

TEAM 11 PAIR B

Bill Angus & Paul Sidwell

26

6

69

7

13.18

TEAM 4 PAIR A

Les Stallard & Dave Brierley 

29

&

TEAM 12 PAIR A

Angelo Uva & Mick O’Driscoll

25

7

55

8

13.26

TEAM 4 PAIR B

Darron Henn & Steve Lewis 

35

&

TEAM 12 PAIR B

Sean McNabola & Larry Doherty

24

8

55

9

13.34

TEAM 5 PAIR A

Lee Cooper & Dean McCarthy 

29

&

TEAM 13 PAIR A

Bill Stubbins & Alan Hope

31

9

52

10

13.42

TEAM 5 PAIR B

Will Cooper & Joe McCarthy 

22

&

TEAM 13 PAIR B

Hugh McClean & Lyn Griffiths 

28

10

57

11

13.50

TEAM 6 PAIR A

Tom Butler & Matt Cheffins 

37

&

TEAM 14 PAIR A

Matt & Angela Harrison 

30

11

61

12

13.58

TEAM 6 PAIR B

Darren Sumner & Eddie Stirling 

32

&

TEAM 14 PAIR B

John & Ann Wardle

32

12

49

13

14.06

TEAM 7 PAIR A

Ian Storer & Chris Pillis 

26

&

TEAM 15 PAIR A

Gary Thompson & Dennis Palmer 

34

13

59

14

14.14

TEAM 7 PAIR B

Martin Chattin & Richard Sheppard 

29

&

TEAM 15 PAIR B

Steve O’Reilly & Ronnie McPhee

23

14

62

15

14.22

TEAM 8 PAIR A

Martin Davis & Peter Romyn

28

&

TEAM 16 PAIR A

Paul Mitchell & Wayne Poulton 

26

15

57

16

14.30

TEAM 8 PAIR A

David Hewitt & Derek Pedley 

27

&

TEAM 16 PAIR B

Martin Hatt & Dave Annetts 

25

16

51

Nearest pin 9

Darron Henn 

Nearest pin 17

Dean Pointon 

Longest drive 13

Lee Nightingale 

TWO’S

 Peter Aldridge; Darron Henn; Chris Pillis; Martin Hatt; Bob Clarkson 


THUR 3RD MAY 2018

CHANNEL COURSE WHITE TEES HOLES 1 - 9

TEAM SCORE

TIME

PLAYER

SCORE

PLAYER

SCORE

PLAYER

SCORE

PLAYER

SCORE

TEAM

POINTS

1

9.00

TEAM 1 PAIR A

Lyndon Tyler

13

Geoff Tibbetts

10

&

TEAM 13 PAIR A

Alan Hope 

13

Lyn Griffiths 

14

1

56

2

9.08

TEAM 1 PAIR B

Mark Newbold 

17

Shaun Manley 

16

&

TEAM 13 PAIR B

Bill Stubbins 

13

Hugh McClean

17

2

58

3

9.16

TEAM 2 PAIR A

Ralph Neale 

16

Steve Smith 

15

&

TEAM 9 PAIR A

Danny Alvarez 

16

Jonathan Wheeler 

13

3

62

4

9.24

TEAM 2 PAIR B

Brian Horton 

12

Lee Nightingale 

15

&

TEAM 9 PAIR B

Justin Goodby 

18

David Homer

13

4

75

5

9.32

TEAM 3 PAIR A

Dean Pointon 

18

Glyn Everett 

17

&

TEAM 14 PAIR A

Matt Harrison 

9

Angela Harrison 

16

5

49

6

9.40

TEAM 3 PAIR B

John Miles

11

Roy Everett 

16

&

TEAM 14 PAIR B

John Wardle

19

Ann Wardle 

15

6

65

7

9.48

TEAM 4 PAIR A

Les Stallard 

18

Darron Henn

21

&

TEAM 10 PAIR A

Alan Grant 

16

Nigel Sherry 

19

7

55

8

9.56

TEAM 4 PAIR B

Dave Brierley 

19

Steve Lewis

17

&

TEAM 10 PAIR B

Steve Hawke 

18

Bob Clarkson 

14

8

58

9

10.04

TEAM 5 PAIR A

Will Cooper

13

Lee Cooper 

12

&

TEAM 15 PAIR A

Gary Thompson 

18

Dennis Palmer

16

9

60

10

10.12

TEAM 5 PAIR B

Dean McCarthy 

13

Joe McCarthy 

11

&

TEAM 15 PAIR B

Steve O’Reilly

9

Ronnie McPhee

13

10

67

11

10.20

TEAM 6 PAIR A

Tom Butler

20

Eddie Stirling 

16

&

TEAM 11 PAIR A

Peter Aldridge 

15

Paul Sidwell 

17

11

62

12

10.28

TEAM 6 PAIR B

Matt Cheffins 

15

Darren Sumner 

14

&

TEAM 11 PAIR B

Bill Angus

13

Richard Aldridge 

17

12

54

13

10.36

TEAM 7 PAIR A

Ian Storer 

13

Chris Pillis

12

&

TEAM 16 PAIR A

Paul Mitchell 

10

Dave Annetts 

13

13

57

14

10.44

TEAM 7 PAIR B

Martin Chattin 

14

Richard Sheppard 

16

&

TEAM 16 PAIR B

Wayne Poulton 

10

Matin Hatt

9

14

59

15

10.52

TEAM 8 PAIR A

Dave Hewitt 

18

Martin Davis

13

&

TEAM 12 PAIR A

Angelo Uva

15

Sean McNabola

17

15

56

16

11.00

TEAM 8 PAIR B

Peter Romyn 

11

Derek Pedley

16

&

TEAM 12 PAIR B

Larry Doherty

12

Mick O’Dricoll

10

16

42

TWO’S

Darron Henn; Shaun Manley; Martin Chattin; Bill Stubbins ; 


THUR 3RD MAY 2018

CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE - WHITE TEES

TEAM SCORE

TIME

PLAYERS

SCORE

PLAYERS

SCORE

TEAM

POINTS

1

12.30

TEAM 2 PAIR A

Brian Horton & Lee Nightingale 

31

&

TEAM 13 PAIR A

Hugh McClean & Alan Hope

35

1

62

2

12.38

TEAM 2 PAIR B

Ralph Neale & Steve Smith

32

&

TEAM 13 PAIR B

Bill Stubbins & Lyn Griffiths 

31

2

63

3

12.46

TEAM 1 PAIR A

Lyndon Tyler & Shaun Manley

29

&

TEAM 9 PAIR A

Danny Alvarez & Justin Goodby

37

3

74

4

12.54

TEAM 1 PAIR B

Mark Newbold & Geoff Tibbetts 

33

&

TEAM 9 PAIR B

David Homer & Jonathan Wheeler

25

4

69

5

13.02

TEAM 3 PAIR A

Dean Pointon & Roy Everett

36

&

TEAM 14 PAIR A

John & Ann Wardle

35

5

67

6

13.10

TEAM 3 PAIR B

John Miles & Glyn Everett 

38

&

TEAM 14 PAIR B

Matt & Angela Harrison 

33

6

68

7

13.18

TEAM 4 PAIR A

Les Stallard & Steve Lewis

35

&

TEAM 10 PAIR A

Bob Clarkson & Nigel Sherry

27

7

66

8

13.26

TEAM 4 PAIR B

Darron Henn & Dave Brierley

34

&

TEAM 10 PAIR B

Alan Grant & Steve Hawke

34

8

53

9

13.34

TEAM 6 PAIR A

Eddie Stirling & Matt Cheffins 

35

&

TEAM 15 PAIR A

Steve O’Reilly & Ronnie McPhee

31

9

62

10

13.42

TEAM 6 PAIR B

Darren Sumner & Tom Butler

33

&

TEAM 15 PAIR B

Gary Thompson & Dennis Palmer 

39

10

61

11

13.50

TEAM 5 PAIR A

Lee Cooper & Joe McCarthy

35

&

TEAM 11 PAIR A

Bill Angus & Peter Aldridge 

35

11

72

12

13.58

TEAM 5 PAIR B

Will Cooper & Dean McCarthy 

32

&

TEAM 11 PAIR B

Richard Aldridge & Paul Sidwell

37

12

69

13

14.06

TEAM 7 PAIR A

Ian Storer & Chris Pillis 

33

&

TEAM 16 PAIR A

Paul Mitchell & Martin Hatt

30

13

66

14

14.14

TEAM 7 PAIR B

Martin Chattin & Richard Sheppard 

33

&

TEAM 16 PAIR B

Wayne Poulton & Dave Annetts 

33

14

68

15

14.22

TEAM 8 PAIR A

David Hewitt & Peter Romyn

28

&

TEAM 12 PAIR A

Angelo Uva & Larry Doherty

37

15

70

16

14.30

TEAM 8 PAIR A

Martin Davis & Derek Pedley 

25

&

TEAM 12 PAIR B

Sean McNabola & Mick O’Driscoll

32

16

63

Nearest pin 5

Glyn Everett

Nearest pin 14

Danny Alvarez

Longest drive 18

Lee Nightingale

TWO’S

Justin Goodby; Glyn Everett; Peter Aldridge