Friday August 10, 2018
The sixth running of the Somerset Rebels Golf day provided a few firsts by its conclusion. It was the first ever staging on a Wednesday courtesy of the Premiership fixed race nights, it was the first time that the speedway meeting on the same day had been rained off and it was the first time the winning margin has been by over 4 strokes in the Texas Scramble format.

The midweek date wasn’t as popular as many teams were struggling to re-arrange work commitments and therefore couldn’t be part of the day including some of the stalwarts of the previous five stagings. As it was 9 teams came to the ‘tapes’ for the annual event which was once again hosted by Brean Golf Club. The weather for the golf was mostly dry but a couple of short sharp showers accompanied by a stiff breeze made things tricky on the course for the teams. Two Rebels gave their golf clubs and airing as regular competitor Jake Allen was joined by recent recruit Aaron Summers who made the lengthy commute from his Berwick base a day earlier than usual to support the event. Both enjoyed the day and their presence was appreciated by the other players. Summers was also on hand to pass the prizes out to the winners back at The Oaktree clubhouse.

The recipients of the Jones Bros Decorators sponsored Trophy in 2018 were the team entered by Barry Knapp. He was accompanied by his son Sean, Pete Gardner and Mark Wilson to reduce the course to a stunning score of 52.2! The quartet all gelled very well together and ran out comfortable winners ahead of a team sponsored by BUNZL. Chris Edwards led that team and he was actually the first team entered into the event and almost ended top of the final leader-board too! He was joined by Victoria King, Chris Bovingdon and Tom Bovingdon for their nett 57 total and the runners up prize. Third place went to one of the ever present teams in the event. The Crown Carpets team lined up for the sixth time and recorded their best finish with a nett score of 59.1 to just edge out the Eblo Golf team which included Allen but 0.5 of a shot. Pete March, Ian Warren, Andy Humphries and Jason Harvey made up the team and they helped March to a father victory over his son, the event organiser Andrew! Director of Golf and PGA Professional at Brean Andrew March sponsored the team that included Rebels Aussie Reserve Allen, Mikey Brueford and Ian Slater, who had travelled down from Manchester to take part once again.

Various spot prizes were also up for grabs with rewards for the nearest the pin on each of the par three holes on the course. Pete Waite, Jim Puddy, Paul Bamsey, Chris Bovingdon and Norrie Allan, who was playing alongside his brother and SGB referee Ronnie, were the winners. As the day was set up to raise funds for the speedway club over the year’s different ideas and challenges have been included to add a few pounds into the pot. One long standing sweepstake is the lost ball sweep with guesses being selected as to how many golf balls the entries field will lose. This time 137 golf balls were separated from their owners during the round and the person with that guess was none other than the Rebels number two Aaron Summers which earned him a cash prize!

Despite the lower numbers taking part a useful figure was raised for the club which took the total amount now in excess of £11K since the golf day began in 2013. This has helped to fund the Air Fence and its upkeep, sound system upgrades and most recently the installation of the electronic scoreboard behind the 3rd and 4th bends. Plans are already being discussed as to how the 2019 can be returned to see a greater number of participants taking part but a lot will depend on how British Speedway is structured next season. Details will be announced as soon as they are finalised.

    Pictures courtesy of Andrew March and Ian Slater

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