BRANSFORD’S Seniors Open Three Ball Alliance attracted a total of 150 players in 50 teams from across the Midlands.

But it was competition organiser Trevor Atkinson and his Bransford team of Pete Sheppard and Rob Richards who came out on top with 80 points.

They won by just two points from three others Bransford teams comprising of Gerry Rebbeck, Alan Cockill and Dave Ryall; John Phillips, Rob Blake and Ferey Ghani; and Ivor Lloyd, Roy Mayo and Geoff Aston.

Neil Tothill (Minchinhampton), Jim Calleja (Chipping Sodbury) and Mark Garrett (The Players, Bristol) were fifth while Chris Sadler, David Leeson and Neil Patch (Minchinhampton) came sixth.

Other leading placing: 7 Clarkson Barclay, Bob Cook and Gerald Akerman (Ross-on-Wye) 76, 8 Alan Pratt, Jim Clarkson and Chris Huntbatch (Gaudet Luce), 9 Rob Durant, Mike Jenkins and Phil Hall (Tewkesbury Park) 73 and 10 Dave Parry, Keith Edgell and Keith Leadbetter (Bransford) 71.

Nearest the pin prizes for handicaps up to 13 on the 11th hole went to Sadler (Minchinhampton), 13 to 18 on the fifth hole to Calleja (Chipping Sodbury) and over 19 on the 13th to Peter Parkes (Halesowen).

Organiser Trevor Atkinson said: “The competition was a great success and well received, it would seem, from all who took part from the feedback we have had.

“Scoring was surprisingly low although I expect the heat was a contributing factor.

“A number of the players congratulated the club on the quality of the course and also remarked how well they had been received by staff at the clubhouse, as well as the friendliness of several senior members who carried out a number of official duties throughout the day.”

Meanwhile 15 ladies competed in the Charity Challenge which raised money for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Leigh Thomas won with 36 points, while Barbara Ramsden came second and Pauline Wetton third.

Bransford Seniors maintained their unbeaten run at home this year with a 3.5-2.5 victory over South Herefordshire.

Bransford winners: Dave Miller (17) and Pete Harrison (25) 2&1, Andy Falconer (24) and Charlie Hawkridge (25) 3&2 and Harry Godwin (20) and Roger Clark (23) 3&2.

The club’s July Stableford was won by Ollie Walker who finished three ahead of the rest of the field in Division One.

He finished with 40 points while Jack Cullity (9) had 37 and David Hunt (10) 35.

David Hopkins (13) won Division Two on countback from Stuart Freeman-Taylor (18) after recording 37 points. Steve Bidgood (13) was just a point behind in third.