Buoyant Bognor juniors winning plenty of silverware

Winners at the Bognor juniors' open
Winners at the Bognor juniors' open

Bognor juniors have had a very busy couple of months with four major competitions, all ably supported by members, visitors and each having a main sponsor.

The thriving junior section helps paint a picture of a bright future for the club.

In the Shanick Trophy, a medal competition sponsored by Peter Cox, the winner was Max Littleboy with a superb score of gross 78, nett 60. Second was Jack Taylor (77, 69). Third was Ryan Breach (77, 70).

The Bognor junior open attracted 33 competitors for the scratch and nett event, sponsored by Peter Lea. Scratch winner was Jordan Vincent (Bognor) with 70 ahead of George Toone (Royal Ashdown) with 71.

The winner of nett competition was Ryan Breach (Bognor) with nett 64. Second was Scott Bingham (Bognor) with 65.

The Pittam Trophy - a full handicap Stableford sponsored by Christine Pittam - was won by Jack Taylor with 42 points. Second was Scott Bingham on 40 on countback from Alex Watson.

In the Tartan Trophy, a scratch medal competition sponsored by Dawn and Iain Mackay, the winner was Ryan Maskell with gross 69. He beat Tom Stoneham (71) into second place while Jack Taylor was third with 72.

Sponsors donated a number of other prizes for a Stableford event among various handicap levels.

Bognor members have spoken of their pride over Jake Stoneham winning the Sussex under-12s’ championship with a scratch score of 73 gross. He came second in the nett competition.

Jake and Megan Edwards (Worthing) also won the county’s John and Wendy Wilson Salver, a junior mixed foursomes event. Both events were played at Bognor.

To cap a great year for Jake, he has been selected to represent the county and will travel to Scotland at the end of October. A team comprising 12 boys from under-14 to under-18 will travel to St Andrews, play at four top courses and then play against Scotland boys on November 3.

While there, they will learn the history of the game and receive one-to-one coaching from some of the finest coaches working with juniors.

The final of the Hollymead Cup, Bognor’s tour championship equivalent, involved the top 40 ranking players from competitions played throughout the year playing against each other in a full handicap medal event.

John Cable won the individual event with a gross 72, nett 62, closely followed by Andy Brown (gross 66, nett 65). Third was James Maclean (72, 66).

The winner of the Hollymead League was Andy Franklin with a points total of 2,740 ahead of John Cable with 2,710 and Dave Grover with 2,675.

Thanks went to Michael Martin of Hollymead House Residential Home for his continued generosity in sponsoring the event.

In the men’s Sunday Stableford, played as a forerunner to the Hollymead Trophy, Peter Lea won with 38 points. Second was Paul Cooper on 37 on countback from Paul Brennan.

COWDRAY PARK

Cowdray Park seniors travelled to The Sands course at Seale to play their return fixture against Farnham vets, who held Cowdray to their only home draw of the season.

Home advantage played its part as the hosts ran out 7-1 winners, although five of the matches were extremely close.

The opening match featured Cowdray’s match manager David Wickham and Tony Pike, with the visiting pair finding themselves beaten by the unlikely-named home pair of Jesse James and Dick Turpin.

Cowdray’s only victory came from Barry Overington and Gary Strowbridge, who won 2&1.

The previous day’s Stableford successes Rodney Fisher and Roger Poat battled through the fatigue to only lose on the final hole, as did John Smith and Mike Hughes.

Results (Cowdray Park names first): David Wickham & Tony Pike lost to Dick Turpin & Jesse James 3&2; Ian Heustice & Jan de Vries lost to Mike Tiddy & Peter Conway 2dn; David Tilley & Mike Holden lost to Jim O’Donnell & Mark Forrester 4&2; Graham Evans & George Crouch lost to David Mason & Willie Douglas 2&1; Barry Overington & Gary Strowbridge beat Keith Jackson & Tim Green 2&1; John Smith & Mike Hughes lost to Bernie Tutt & Gerry Queen 1dn; Rodney Fisher & Roger Poat lost to Chris Pearson & Bill Pratt 1dn; Peter Hallt & Clive Brine lost to John Collinson & Mike Davall 2dn.

Cowdray Park ladies played in the Roberts Cup. The format was foursomes Stableford and the pairings were drawn with a high and low handicapper. Judy Stillwell and Judith Brownlee came in with a winning score of 36 points. Wendy Street and Chris Sommerville were runners-up with 33.

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Cowdray seniors travelled to Ham Manor for a return match which gave the home side the chance to gain revenge for defeat at Cowdray Park at the start of the year. They grabbed it with both hands winning 5-3 after being 3-0 down.

Stand-in match manager Gordon Kendall had high hopes of completing the double, despite the need for last-minute replacements, and he and Ian Goodall could do no more by winning 4&2.

Things got even better for Cowdray Park with excellent wins by Jan de Vries and Barry Overington (one up) over a very strong home pairing followed by a 3-2 win for Allen Sibley and Roy Penrose.

With a 3-0 lead, Kendall’s hopes of a win looked likely to be realised but sadly for the visitors, the home side turned things round with victory in the final five matches, to snatch an unlikely win.

Results): Gordon Kendall & Ian Goodall beat John Barr & John Strange 4&2; Jan de Vries & Barry Overington beat Alan Orr & Mike Spooner 1up; Allen Sibley & Roy Penrose beat Vic Coles & Bob Hutchings 3&2; David Tilley & George Crouch lost to John Baker & Mike Warnock 5&4; Mike Holden & David Wickham lost to David Galley & Peter White 4&3; Dave Darby & Colin Tebbutt lost to Mike Last & Simon Davies 2&1; Derek Smith & Keith Chapman lost to Gerry Casey & Bernard Jacobs 2&1; Ian Heustice & Brian Carpenter lost to Steve Tellyn & Wayne Donaldson 3&2.

Cowdray Park seniors’ latest medal competition was blighted by bad weather, which came in just after tee-off times. Heavy, squally showers and strong winds made an already-difficult format more tricky.

Overall winner on countback, with 67, was Alan Richardson, who has been making solid progress since joining the seniors.

In the group in front came the eventual second and third-placed players, Jan de Vries and Frank Cheevers, with 67 and 68, de Vries confirming the good form he displayed the day before, winning his match at Ham Manor.

Highlight of the day came from long-time member Peter Hallt, who scored a hole-in-one on the long par-three 17th hole. Not content with this he also scored a two on the par-three third hole and later his day got better when he won a special edition H1 club watch from Boss for his achievement.

Hallt was a generous host to the rest of his colleagues in the clubhouse afterwards to celebrate his achievement, which was the second ace in a competition, following on from Mike Burgess earlier in the year.

The raffle realised £106 for the Mary How Trust, boosted by a further £17 of donations.

Results: 1 Alan Richardson 67 (cb); 2 Jan de Vries 67; 3 Frank Cheevers 68; 4 Brian Carpenter 70 (cb); 5 Peter Hallt 70 (cb); 6 Ian Heustice 70 (cb); 7 David Tilley 70; 8 John Doran 70.

SELSEY

With the end of the summer season, two important tournaments have been played by Selsey GC’s veterans’ section.

The first was the veterans’ club championship - a 36-hole strokeplay competition played on two consecutive Wednesdays from the white tees to determine both the gross and nett champions for 2013. The winner this year of both trophies was Alan Neno, who plays off 16, with a gross score of 169 and nett 137.

In second place was Brian Chamberlain (h/c 14), taking the Gross Trophy with a score of 170, and for the Nett Trophy, Tony Terry (h/c 20) came in with a score of 137 after countback. Third was Jeff Wootton (h/c 12) with gross 172 and with nett scores of 141 came both Bobby Moore (h/c 20) and Ray Holmes (h/c 22).

The final competition was for the ‘Millennium Salver’ played annually between the veterans’ sections of Southsea Golf Club and Selsey Golf Club. The competition consists of four separate matches played alternately at each club during the summer months. The format is ‘fourball better ball’ match play with 14 players in each team. The final match was crucial for both teams and Selsey won the day 5½-1½ to retain the trophy for the second year in a row.

CHICHESTER

Eighteen ladies enjoyed playing in the Cathedral Cup, a qualifying Stableford. In fine weather, two ladies came in with 36 points, resulting in a countback. The winner was Val Edwards, runner-up Lisa Jackson.

In the Tower Trophy for ladies with handicaps of 29 to 36, Sue Bond won with 42 points and the runner-up was Yvonne Leaver on 39.

Only two ladies played in the Weekend Trophy. Caroline Hawkes won ahead of Lisa Mitchelmore.

Prizes from these competitions will be awarded at the annual meeting on November 2.

n A club member has received a limited-edition BOSS watch after scoring a hole-in-one during a recent competition at Chichester GC.

Martin Stanton, 45, from Selsey, scored his ace on the 167-yard, par-three fourth at the Cathedral course, and the 12-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.

The luxury German brand has pledged to reward club golfers with an exclusive watch for every hole-in-one recorded during a club competition between April 15 and October 31 this year. And, with nearly 4,000 holes-in-one recorded annually, BOSS Watches could feasibly be giving away £1m-worth in 2013.

The same feat has been achieved by a golfer from Chichester at Liphook GC. Twelve-handicapper Sarah Hill, 47, scored her ace on the 142-yard, par-three 17th at Liphook.