Despite the continuing very wet weather that has resulted in many Golf Club closures, including Mendip over the past month, the course has stood up remarkably well. Trolleys have been in full use and all play has been on main greens.

We are very lucky at Mendip that we drain so well and the excellent work that the greens team has carried out over the past three years has resulted in the greens being able to cope even with the severest of weather.

Competitive play has continued during the festive period. The Pro Shop have been very active in running competitions each weekend. A Singles Stableford event attracted seventy-one players and saw a four way tie for first place on forty-one points, resulting in, after several countbacks, a win for Layton Ball. Dave Cox came second, Lee Britten third and Danny Middle fourth. New Years Eve saw a four person bowmaker event and a win for Mark Necker/Alan Edwards/Alan Kay/Tony Scott with eighty seven points after countback from Kevin Keene/Darren Darby-Jones/Baden Wilkinson/Nicholas White.

A Four Ball Better Ball Stableford was won by Shaun Rich and Ken Webster with forty five points, Colin and Nigel Wiltshire were second after count back with forty four, Hugh Glandfield and Chris Roe were third, with Spencer Pocock and Dan Allen in fourth place with forty two.

Nearest the Pin competitions were won by Spencer Pocock and James Pitchell. Chairman of greens Richard Jeffery held his very popular ‘Dickies Bash’ event between Christmas and New Year, attracting a field of eighty with a number of invited visitors attending, including some very well known ex members.

The winning Team was Richard himself playing with son Grant, ex greenkeeper Rob Chandler and very popular ex member Adam Stephenson who won with eighty four points on countback from Danny Middle, Graham Colbourne, Mervyn Vaughan and Dave Cox. In third place just one point behind were Philip and Matt Bendall, Jim Boyd and Steven Heal.

Steve Davis, Seniors Captain announced that the last of his Seniors Captain/Vice Captain series of Challenges took place on 23rd December.

All nineteen matches were completed and the fine sum of £555 was raised for his charity, the British Heart Foundation. The matches go to the 18th hole and the winners this year were Nick Inskip and Brian Say who were four up but again after countback. Tony Williams