IT WAS a busy weekend at Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club Golf Club where the prestigious Men’s Club Championship played over 36 holes took place on Saturday and Sunday.

Unfortunately, in view of the very heavy overnight rain, the commencement of the competition on Saturday morning had to be delayed for an hour and  once the competition began, those taking part were faced with very strong winds which certainly affected the scoring. 

The championship, a strokeplay format, took no prisoners under the adverse conditions; the leader at the halfway stage with a gross 73 was Will Paton (-3), followed by Archie Walsh (-1) with 78 and three players finishing on 79 - Daniel Ross (5), Glenn Ross (3) and Warren Knight (-2).

 Conditions on Sunday brought their own challenges with intermittent squalls and strong winds which meant that straight hitting and a mastery of the greens were paramount. 

Somewhat inevitably, this was a weekend where the low handicaps would flourish and so it proved. Will Paton (-3) once again found the formula returning a gross 74 to achieve a well-deserved victory (73 + 74 =147) to take the title of Men’s Club Champion 2024 by five shots. His second round included birdies on the 8th and 15th to go with four birdies in round one, so  many congratulations to him on a wonderful performance. 

Runner-up and recording the best second round gross score on the day with a score of (79 + 73 = 152) was Glenn Ross (3). In third position with a total of (79 + 77 = 156) was Daniel Ross (5) ahead of Archie Walsh (-1) with (78 + 78 = 156).

The winner of the best nett competition with a score of (75 + 68 = 143) was Ian Gover (19), an excellent performance which included a birdie at the par 3, 14th and an eagle 2 on the par 4, 15th. Richard Glenn (15), with a total of (69 + 76 = 145) was runner up, while Paul Skinner (10) took third place with (74 + 72 = 146). Graham Hammond (21) achieved fourth position with (77 + 72 = 149). 

Once again the Men’s Championship, which is always a much anticipated event, proved to be a great success, with the course providing a real challenge to all those taking part.

There are four more Open Competitions to be played at Minehead and West Somerset Golf Club this year and entries are still invited for all.

The first is the Seniors Texas Scramble Open on 14th August, the Ladies Team Open is taking place on 3rd October, the Buchanan Cup a 4BBB Matchplay Open takes place on 6th October while the final event of the year if the Mens Texas Scramble Open on 12th October.

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