DEFENDING champion Alan Bees retained the Evesham Seniors Club Championship over two rounds on separate days.

Having been the halfway leader with a storming nett 68, Bees looked to have blown it after taking 11 shots at one hole during the second round.

However, he steadied himself and played near-faultless golf over the last nine holes to come home comfortably in front with a combined gross score of 173.

For the second year in a row, Bees won the Bob Diffin Trophy along with the accolade of seniors’ club champion.

Dave Kewley chased him home with 177 and Tony Fawcett was third with 179.

The Wilson Jug for the best nett score over the two rounds went to Mike Brumage (146) with Neil Croft (151) and John Cook (153) behind.

Bees had the best nett score as well but could not win both trophies at the same time.

Meanwhile, Evesham seniors narrowly lost 4-3 at Ombersley although captain Mike Abraham and his predecessor Richard Saville combined to excellent effect, winning 3&2.

Croft and Bill Kite triumphed by the same margin, while Bill Dobie and Martin Williams and Ian Facer and Michael Morris halved their matches. Two of the Evesham pairs only lost by a single hole.

Evesham held their August Medal over two divisions and the Baker Cup which is limited to 18 handicap.

On a day of heavy rain, thunderstorms and warm sunshine, the cup winner was the ever-improving Andrew Witts with an excellent 69, ahead of Hywel Jones who also scored 69. Stuart Walding was third with 70.

All three players were from Division One so they achieved the same position in the medal.

Division Two went to Alan Dufty (71) in front of James Attwood (71) and Russ Leeming (72).