Friday August 09, 2019
The 7th staging of the Cases Rebels Golf day took place last Wednesday at Brean Golf Club ahead of the fixture against Newcastle. The unique event which was the brainchild of Brean’s Director of Golf and PGA Professional Andrew March has become a firm favourite with many golfers over the years

The 2019 edition saw 10 teams of four take to the golf course to battle it out for the Trophy which ended the day in the hands of a team sponsored by cleaning company BUNZL..

The day was hosted fully at the brand new Brean Country Club building and as the golfers tucked into their bacon rolls the heavens opened outside. Luckily by the time play was due to start at 10am it had dried up and the golfers completed a dry but at times breezy round over the 18 hole course on the North Somerset coast. During the round though the players could see that the track just a few miles away from the course on the other side of Brent Knoll was certainly getting a dousing of the wet stuff!

As the teams returned to the clubhouse to indulge in an excellent buffet lunch, the scorecards were checked and results finalised. Another bit of fun that has become a regular part of the day is the Lost Ball sweep thanks to an idea from March’s father and Rebels fan Pete. Each team records the number of lost balls they inadvertently deposit around the course and the person who guesses the total correctly is rewarded. This year slightly fewer balls were lost than in the 2018 event as 132 was the lucky number selected by Pete Perrett. In the main event Perrett’s team, The Handicappers and sponsored by Salt Express, finished third with a score of 57.5. South Wales resident Pete, a former winner of the event and good friend of the Hancock’s, was joined by Jim Puddy, Steve Crosby and the man who takes your car park money each week, Dave Perrett. Ian Slater, a former rider and spanner man to former GP man Carl Stonehewer, has played in the last three Rebels Golf Days alongside Andrew March thanks to striking up a friendship over Twitter a few years back. He once again made the trip down from Manchester along with fellow ex racer and fellow Twitterer Steve Lamb and Jason Doyle’s former spanner man, Sam Haynes. The quartet played nicely to complete the course in just 62 strokes giving them a nett score of 57.2. They had to settle for the runners up spot though as the BUNZL team relegated them from top spot with an even better score.

Just a couple of days before the event regular supporter of the event Chris Edwards from BUNZL contacted March to advise him he was struggling to fill the two teams he had entered. He didn’t hold out much hope of filling the gaps but was keen to play anyhow as he wanted to support the event and the club. As luck would have it he secured the services of 2 more golfers at the 11th hour and Lloyd Randall, Gareth Jones, Simon Banks and Scott Davies ended up winning the Jones Bros Decorators Trophy with a superb score of 55.2.

One thing that separates this golf day from any other golf day is that the entry fee includes the admission to the Rebels match in the evening. Luckily the rain from earlier in the day had cleared by the time came around for tapes up at 7.30pm and a large number of the golfers were present at the Oak Tree Arena to witness the close match against the Newcastle Diamonds. The Rebels managed to win by 8 at the conclusion of heat 15and a relieved March saw the Rebels maintain their unbeaten record of meetings held on golf days. He said that when the Rebels trailed early on he feared that may be in jeopardy and he may regret a comment he made about this to Debbie a few days earlier! Luckily for him the Rebels inspired by Anders, Nathan and Rory kept that record intact and ended another successful day.

As always the day raises funds to help the club. Back in 2013 the aim was to raise sufficient funds to pay for the Air Fence that was required to be able to race in 2014 under the then new regulations. The importance of that air fence was shown in heat 4 when Nathan, Bomber and Diamonds reserve Danny Phillips escaped relatively unscathed from their horrifying first bend crash. With that now paid for the golf day has helped fund an upgrade to the PA system and also provide the electronic scoreboard now in situ for the fans over the years. The money raised from this year’s event brings to grand total over the 7 years to a figure approaching £12K.

The feedback received from the day from the participants was very positive with every one saying how much they enjoyed the day, both the golf and the racing! Ideally a move back to a Friday staging might help the event expand a little more once again and ideas have already been shared in preparation for the next staging of the event. Watch this space!

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