Busy Bognor golfers pick up plenty of silver

Jordan Vincent and James Woosley, recent junior winners at Bognor GC

Jordan Vincent and James Woosley, recent junior winners at Bognor GC

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A very busy week at Bognor saw men’s, mixed, seniors and junior games plus an Italian night.

Bognor’s over-50s open four-ball team event attracted 128 visitors. The best three scores from each team count at each hole. With the high numbers playing, the competition was split with prizes for the morning and the afternoon. All visitors agreed the course was in wonderful condition.

Results: AM winners Slinfold (Jeff King, Freddy Lane, Andrew Treversham and Ian Gibson) 113pts; PM winners Waterlooville (David Pusey, Allan Walker, Steve Langworthy and Mark Lovett) 113pts. Overall winner – Waterlooville (on countback). Bognor’s 2013 men’s captain presented both teams with their prizes. Congratulations also go to Highwoods Golf Club, who also scored 113 points in the afternoon session but lost on countback.

Bognor’s scratch team made the long journey along the coast to Cooden Beach near Eastbourne. They made the trip the afternoon before the game for a practice round. It paid dividends as the team won 8-4.

The morning foursomes were halved 2-2, but Bognor had an excellent afternoon winning the singles 6-2.

Results: Fousomes – James Ashman & Andy Brown won 6&4, Nathan Parke & James MacLean lost 4&3, Tom Lea & Shaun Maskell lost 3&2, Martin & Henry Leo won 2&1; Singles – Tom Lea won 3&2, Andy Brown won 5&3, Martin Leo lost, Nathan Parke lost, Henry Leo won 3&2, James Ashman won 4&3, Shaun Maskell won 3&2, James MacLean won 1 up.

Andy Brown takes the scratch team to West Hove and the end of July in the quarter-finals.

On a glorious sunny day, 93 men and ladies entered the Grayson Pat Captain’s Cup, a Stableford competition. The scoring was excellent with each of the 3 divisions having high scores.

Results – Div 1 Winner Dan Maskell 41pts; 2 Liam Maskell 39; 3 Ron Breach 37. Div 2 winner Paul Archer 38; 2 Simon Watts 38 (cb); 3 Mark Watson 35. Div 3 Winner Rob Gilbert 40; 2 Mark Payne 39; 3 Mark Nelmes 38.

Bognor’s men’s Evening League team had mixed fortunes – losing 4-1 at Worthing but winning 4½-½ at Cowdray Park.

Results (v Worthing): John Cable & John Lampard lost 5&4, Mark Watson & James MacLean lost 4&2, Richard Beresford & Russel Braham won 4&3, Rob Comins & Rob Redmond lost 4&3, Simon Watts & Ian Paine lost 4&3. v Cowdray Park: John Lampard & James MacLean beat Mike Purdie & Robin Phillip 5&3, Simon Watts & Rob Comins beat Russel Stag and Roger Rose 2&1, Ian Twyford & Bob Wilson halved with Mick Fillary & Harver Terry, Rob Redmond & John Cable beat Dave Coombes & Roger Howard 3&1, Mark Watson & Ron Stevens beat Jan De Vries & Paul Owen 1 up

The results left Bognor second in the league behind Worthing after five rounds.

Bognor seniors had two games, doing exceedingly well in both. Rowlands Castle visited and were beaten 6-2 and at Worthing, Bognor won 4½-3½.

Scores v Rowlands Castle: Jim Catt & Roger Selway won 4&3, John Owen & Brian Wolstencroft won 4&2, Peter Lott & Dennis Burke won 3&1, Andy Bence & Allan Delves lost 2&1, Barry Appleby & Paul Black won 3&2, David Turner & Ken Catt won 4&3, Rob Redmond & Barry Ingate won 7&6, Richard Kaemena & Vic Ward lost 5&3

v Worthing: Alan Fitzgerald & Brian Wolstencroft won 1 up, Gary Steventon & Hugh Diaper lost 7&5, Peter Collins & Mike Oates lost 5&3, Peter Lott & Alastair MacDonald halved, Clive Millett & Frank Hodder won 1 up, Barry Vanstone & Vic Ward won 4&3, Mike Walsh & Richard Hedge won 5&3, Trevor Till & David Turner won 1 up

Bognor’s junior’s have had a busy early summer with four major competitions taking place.

In the Junior Bogey Cup, Jack Taylor came out on top with a score of plus three. Second was Marcus Embleton on level par and third on countback was George Bingham

The Brian Mullenger Memorial Trophy was won by Katie Field with 90 gross (nett 62). Second was Ryan Maskell (71, 64) and third James Woosley (78, 67). Maureen Mullenger presented the prizes to the winners.

The Junior Club Championship has prizes for best nett and gross scores. It is a 36-hole medal competition.

The nett competition was won by James Woosley with a score of 131 ahead of Jake Stoneham (139) and Max Littleboy (141).

The gross competition was won by Jordan Vincent with 147. Second was James Woosley on 153 and third Jake Stoneham with 157. Gary Embleton presented the prizes.

Bognor ladies’ Past Captains’ Cup was won by Nicki Vincent with 35 points. Second was Edwina Beresford on 32; third Margaret Martin with 31.

The captain’s charity day saw teams of four play a Stableford.

Results: 1 Ann Bushell, Lynn Miller, Chris Puddicombe, Gill Twyford 84pts; 2 Sandra Coulton, Denise Duquemin, Linda Searle, Wendy Johnson 82 (cb); 3 Jane Finch, Pat Fitzgerald, Vanessa Cole, Sheila Sargeant 82.

From a young age, Oli Turnill knew the golfing world was for him. After completing his GCSEs, the Bognor talent went on to study golf at college and then attended Darton College in the USA through a golf scholarship.

The college has a prestigious golfing reputation and Turnill was a successful member of their team, winning a national championship in 2007.

In 2008, he turned professional and became a member of established European golf tours. From this point, his achievements became ever more impressive.

Among numerous local championships, he has played at international level for the England boys’ team and spent two seasons on the England under-21 squad. He has also celebrated two professional wins.

Now at 27, Turnill’s main ambition is to become a European and US PGA Tour professional golfer.

John Cook, a respected coach, said: “In my opinion, Oli is equally as talented at his age as any I have taught and I would not be in the slightest bit surprised to see him challenging for major prizes on the professional tours before long.”

Turnill, who is based at Golf At Goodwood, is looking for sponsorship. There are various packages available. For more information, email oliturnill@yahoo.com

COWDRAY PARK

Following two home victories, Cowdray Park seniors travelled to Hindhead to face the Stags on one of the toughest course they play.

The course is frequently used as a qualifying venue for The Open, and provides many idiosyncracies to test all aspects of a golfer’s game.

The first match out featured two Davids, Laver and Tilley, who combined to give Cowdray an encouraging start with a hard-fought 2&1 win. The combination of David Laver’s straight driving and David Tilley’s delicate touch around the greens proved too much for the home pair.

With the home side fielding a strong side, including two single-figure handicap players, it was not long before they asserted themselves and they had virtually unbridled success for the rest of the day, apart from a fine performance from John Durrell and Mick Folkes, who fought well to force a half.

However, the strength of the home side came to the surface as they ran out 6½-1½ winners.

Results (Cowdray names first): David Laver & David Tilley beat Andy Simms & Douglas Butler 2&1; Martin Brine & Keith Chapman lost to John Vart & Muir Richmond 5&4; Brian Carpenter & Graham Evans lost to Alan Snowball & Scott Nelson 3&2; John Stone & Bernie May lost to Graham Cribb & Steven Padmore 4&2; John Durrell & Mick Folkes halved with Mike Abbott & Jack Worth; Clive Brine & Mike Hughes lost to Terry Garland & Ron Killacky 4&3; Philip Singer & Wally Mitchell lost to Steve Burton & Mike Nicholls 2 dn; Ken Newberry & Gary Strowbridge lost to John Vardon & Colin Hirons 3&2.

The Cowdray course really bared its teeth for the seniors’ monthly Stableford, with the thick rough and slick greens proving a real test for the unwary golfer.

Scoring was lower than could have been expected under such excellent weather conditions. First man out Mel Milburn set a scorching pace with 39 points, giving little indication of the problems out on the course and eventually gaining him seocnd place.

Playing alongside Milburn was division-one player Mike Burgess, who returned with a good score of 35 points and second place in his division. Milburn’s score was quickly equalled by the consistent Brian Carpenter.

David Gaff was the next division-one player in to record a reasonable score – 34 points – to earn third place in that section.

The eventual division-one winner, for the third time this season, was Harvey Terry with 36 points.

Halfway through the day, eventual winner Bruce Spooner came in with 39 points to win on countback and continue his summer renaissance.

In one three-ball, Peter Burton, Pat Bonner and Tony Castley each registered four points at a hole; Burton on the eighth, Castley the fourth and the irrepressible Bonner on the 17th, the latter claiming a share of the twos jackpot.

The raffle raised £177 for Prostate Cancer Research.

Results: Div 1 – Harvey Terry 36; Mike Burgess 35; David Gaff, Gordon Kendall, Peter Burton, John Doran, Jan de Vries, Paul Owen, all 34. Div 2 – Bruce Spooner, Mel Milburn, Brian Carpenter, all 39; Ian Goodall 37; Dave Darby 35; Graham Sutton; John Kitchener; John Durrell; Tony Castley; Alan Robinson; Peter McIlwraith, all 34.

Cowdray ladies played a two-ball Texas scramble. This unusual format worked well and it was a fun competition.

Results: 1 Marilyn Davis and Janet Poat 41pts; 2 Sally Williams and Angela Pike 40; 3 Georgie Miller and Sue Brown 40.

The ladies’ Triple Six competition is foursomes for the first six holes, greensomes for the next six and betterball for the last six holes.

The winners were Solveig Burton and Tessa Stockwell with 32 points. Mary Morling and Heather Pearce were second on 30, on countback from Jenny Clegg and Georgie Miller in third.