Ali’s British Open dream is over

PUBLISHED: 14:42 22 July 2015

Many campaigners are concerned about public access to Portishead Golf Course.

Many campaigners are concerned about public access to Portishead Golf Course.


Clevedon Golf Club’s Ali Balcombe’s British Open debut came to an end when he missed the cut for the weekend.

Ali Balcombes’ British Open journey ended when he missed the cut and was forced to miss the weekend’s play.

An opening round of two over par 74 saw him handily placed to progress, but he dropped four shots to par on the back nine of the second round, which took him out of contention.

It was still a fantastic achievement for the 19-year-old from Clevedon Golf Club that saw him brush shoulders with the greats of world golf.

Ali received tremendous support from club and county colleagues at St Andrews with his college friends from America keeping in touch through social media.

It was a close finish at the mixed open at Clevedon Golf Club, with three couples tied on a gross score of 83. The result had to be decided on countback, and it was Clevedon’s Derek and Debbie Quinn-Hall that prevailed.

Their back nine score of 42 was two better than runners-up Robert and Karen Preedy from The Kendleshire. In third place were David and Ruth Steele from Clevedon.

The nett competition was won by Rob Bowden and Angie Fear from Enmore Park.

Results - ladies Stableford - Division 1: Carol Kirkwood 37 pts (countback); Rosemary Fife 37; Sandra Jones 36. Division 2: Ann Marsh 36 (countback); Sandra Sharp 35 (countback); Avril Thomas 35. Division 3: Juliet Hagley 35; Jane Clark 29; Sally Brown 28.

Midweek Stableford: Neil Swift 46 pts; Guy Olson 42 (countback); Gareth Watkins 42.

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