French are giant killing in Bristol

Farrington assistant professional Paul French is on top of the world after achieving his second major success of the year.

He and his brother Ryan, who is two years younger at 19, reached the quarter finals of the inaugural winter greensomes at the Players Club, Bristol.
They started by beating Mark Plummer, the West Region’s leading golfer from Bitton, and his amateur partner, Dan Steadman, 4 and 3 in the fourth round.
Then Paul and Ryan, who plays off four at Wells and is a Somerset second team player, knocked out former European Tour player David Ray (The Bristol) and 16-handicap amateur partner Paul Woodman 2 and 1 in the fifth round.
The elder French had only just returned from a week’s break in Spain where he had been recovering from a mystery illness – and he was still not back to full health.
“The win made me feel a little better,” he said. “We didn’t play that well but had to concede four shots which is a lot when you are up against a player as good as David.
“This will certainly be a boost to Ryan’s confidence for he has high hopes of doing well for Somerset this year. Now we are in the quarter finals we feel we can go all the way to the final.”
Former Ryder Cup star Gordon Brand jnr and builder Richmond Parker, one of the club’s owners, who plays off eight, won 6 and 5.
Head greenkeeper Nick Perkins and John Drennan were other winners keeping the home side in the rankings.
Mike Inglis (Combe Grove Manor, Bath) and his brother Phil, a leading golf photographer from Corsham, beat Chipping Sodbury’s assistant professional Steve Scott Bowen and Chris Dawe 4 and 3.
Orchardleigh amateurs Rob Chandler and Rod Jelly beat Shirehampton’s Phil and Steve Horswell.
Brand, who is attached to the club, has the toughest burden of all the players. He has been allocated a plus-three handicap.