Sunday August 06, 2017
The 5th annual Somerset Rebels Golf Day took place on Friday at Brean Golf Club with a record entry of 19 teams taking part.

The format of Texas Scramble was again adopted and teams travelled from far and wide to take part in the unique day which combines a competitive round of golf followed by the opportunity to view a top class speedway meeting in the evening. The Rebels opposition for the evening, the Belle Vue Aces from Manchester, even entered a team and they thoroughly enjoyed the day if not the speedway result come 10pm!

Teams taking part for the first time dominated the leading two places with a team from Bridgwater Cricket Club called the Bridgy Bogey Men being declared the winners with a nett score of 53.1. 
Brothers Matt and Ed Habberfield were joined by Ally Witts and Tom Pople in the winning quartet which finished 0.8 ahead of the second placed team. A family team named Pirates Fore Tim were that team and they consisted of Rob, Jay, Steve and Matt Greatley. Third place went to the Jones Bros Decorators foursome who have been ever present in each of the 5 stagings often finishing around the top of the leaderboard. Brean Members Paul and Steve Jones, Les Clutterbuck and Neil Barker made up the team which relegated their Club Professional and event organiser Andrew March’s team back into fourth. March enlisted the help of Rebels Aussie reserve Jake Allen plus Ian Slater and Mikey Brueford for the day to return a very respectable nett 56.6 and take the final prize of the day.
Following its success last year a Lost Ball Sweep was again held to try and guess how many balls the entire field would lose around the 18 hole circuit of the Brean course. The 74 players managed to distribute a total of 218 golf balls that were never located and Stuart Wills was celebrating as he had the closest guess of 217.
Following a buffet lunch back at the Oaktree the golfers settled back to watch the Rebels take on one of the top teams in the Speedway GB Premiership in 2017. As it turned out the Aces were decimated by some recent injuries to their septet and the Rebels won with ease. Jake Allen continued his good day's work by top scoring from the reserve berth, twice beating the current British Champion Craig Cook along the way in some style.
The day was set up back in 2013 to raise money for the Air Fence that was required to be purchased by the club to allow racing to continue at the venue. With that now paid for, the day continues to help with the ongoing costs that accompany the air fence and as well as other 'projects' to help develop the facilities at the stadium for spectators and riders alike. The total raised this year was just under £1,250 and that sum took to running total for the golf day so far through the £10,000 barrier which is a great effort from all those involved. The day is still a really popular one on the golfing calendar of many and already plans are being made for the 2018 event.

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