Chichester Golf Club are really making their Mark

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Chichester Golf Club have been awarded Golf Mark status by England Golf.

Golf Mark is a national scheme that recognises junior and beginner-friendly facilities and to achieve the award, the club have been assessed to a high standard on coaching and playing, the club environment and the safety and protection of children.

Golfers choosing a Golf Mark club can be assured of a structured environment to develop as a player, a fun enjoyable and welcoming atmosphere and access to appropriate levels of coaching and competition. Parents will know that the club is junior friendly and offers a safe and organised environment for children.

The Chichester Golf Academy, led by Tony Westwood under Westwood Golf, has a dedicated team of coaches offering lessons to children, adults, beginners and more experienced golfers.

The academy is part of the ‘Get into Golf scheme which offers low-cost sessions to beginners. It operates daily drop-in group sessions, weekly children’s lessons and individual coaching sessions.

Westwood has a modern approach to coaching golfers and uses the latest equipment and technology to ensure the coaching is effective and enjoyable.

The club also have good membership rates for young golfers – just £100 for a year for under-18s.

Sally Haygarth, proprietor of Chichester Golf Club and the Maple Leaf Golf Group, who is pictured above with Westwood, said: “Chichester Golf Club and the Chichester Golf Academy have a policy of making golf open to everyone and providing a relaxed and friendly environment in which to learn and play golf.

“The achievement of the award is national recognition that the club are accomplishing this and we’re proud to have received Golf Mark status.”

Inclement weather greeted Chichester veterans for their Summer Trophy competition sponsored by The Royal Garden Hotel. Fortunately the weather improved and the 52 entrants all finished in the dry.

Three players tied at the top and last year’s winner Ken Williams passed the trophy on to his brother Gordon, who beat two players on countback with a creditable score of 37 points.

Scores: Winner - Gordon Williams 37pts (ocb);

runner-up - Maurice Hall 37; 3 Brian Hensman 37;

4 Ken Jackson 36.

GOODWOOD

Golf At Goodwood pro Ryan Fenwick now holds the titles of Sussex PGA champion and Sussex open champion.

The 34-year-old fired a two-round total of 142 at Royal Ashdown Forest to tie with Nick Duc and birdied the 18th hole in a play-off to become Sussex PGA champion.

Fenwick, who played alongside Luke Donald, Paul Casey and Justin Rose as an amateur for England before turning pro in 2000, was delighted and said: “The win was a nice surprise as I’m now a full-time coach at Golf At Goodwood so don’t play an enormous amount of competitive professional golf. But I played very well and consistently over the two days and have also won two out of the three pro-ams I have played this season”.

Originally from Bognor, Fenwick has won tournaments on the European Challenge Tour, Europro Tour and Sunshine Tour in South Africa and counts the late great Sevvy Ballesteros as his favourite player of all time.

He is a regional EGU England coach and lead coach for the Sussex junior squad as well as coaching ladies’ European Tour players Hannah Ralph and Anna Scott, both emerging talents on the tour. He joined Goodwood as part of the coaching staff and his long-term goal is to develop a college programme for young players.

COWDRAY PARK

Cowdray Park hosted the traditional end-of-season bash for the Surrey & West Sussex Winter League teams. Each side fielded four players, with the best three scores per hole to count.

Cowdray’s team of Phil Harrison, Terry Jasper, Dave Balfour and Dave Hirons used home advantage to good effect by scoring 115 points, beating Puttenham with 109.

The league trophy was presented to winners Puttenham, who beat Cowdray Park into second place. All agree it was a highly-successful season and are looking forward to the new season due to start in November.

Cowdray ladies played in the Bowyers and Stowers Cups at Cowdray Park. The format is medal played off scratch over 18 holes. The Bowyers Cup is for the silver division; the Stowers the bronze.

The winner of the Bowyers Cup, playing one under her handicap, with a gross 82 was Jill Parry. Barbara Parker came second with 84, followed by Sue Brown on 88. The Stowers Cup was won by Margaret Curwood on 106 gross, closely followed by Jean Barnett and Jenny Clegg on 107.

The Bisque Par was played by the Cowdray ladies. This is a matchplay competition played against the course. Players can decide when they wish to use their shots as opposed to following the stroke index. The winner is the player who finishes the most holes up against par.

Scores: 1 Angie Edwards +5, 2 Brenda Hambridge +4, 3 Gina Barnfield +3.

Cowdray seniors were relieved to see the sun shining when they visited the West Surrey Sages at Godalming. The first match, earlier in the season, resulted in a 4-4 draw, so it was no surprise that the Sages, fielding a very strong side, prevailed on their own turf by 5½-2½. For the visitors, good wins were achieved by Bill Brownlee and Rob Doney and Peter Clarke and Clive Brine.

Results (Cowdray names first): Keith Chapman & Ian Heustice lost to Clive Hoare & Brian Marsh (2&1); Mike King & John Smith lost to Martin Denison & David Rogers 4&3; Bill Brownlee & Rob Doney beat Terry Smith & Derek Pitt 1 up; Richard Keep & David Wickham lost to Alan Smith & Robert Secrett 3&2; Peter Clarke & Clive Brine beat Joe Smith & Dennis Luxford 2&1; Bill Hummerston & Mike Holden halved with Ray Tracy & Malcolm McMullen; Philip Singer & Alan Robinson lost to Matthew Hall & David Little 5&3; Gary Strowbridge & John Newman lost to Mike Harrison & Ron Proudlock 1 dn.

Cowdray seniors visited Pyecombe, high on the Downs and made an excellent start with match manager Roy Penrose and Jan de Vries triumphing by two up. The highlight was a long-distance putt from deVries on the par-five 14th to par and win the hole.

David Tilley and Peter Laws halved and a further victory came from Paul Owens and Sam Howes to give the visitors a 2½-½ lead. But the home team won the next five matches to win 5½-2½.

Results: Roy Penrose & Jan de Vries beat Stan Green & Peter Ferns 2 up; David Tilley & Peter Laws halved with Maurice Woolgar & Ted Chapman; Paul Owen & Sam Howes beat Sandy Saunders & Geoff Webb 1 up; John Doran & Mike Hughes lost to Martin Avis & Chris Openshaw 3&2; Brian Brockhurst & Alan Robinson lost to Ted Whitbourn & Gordon Gosling 4&3; Bill Hummerston & Keith Chapman lost to Aubrey Watson & Neil Phillips 4&3; David Wickham & Terry Moran lost to Dave Schwartz & Graham Tate 5&3; George Crouch & Alistair Proctor lost to David Leach & Brian Chasser 2 dn.

Playing their third away game in successive days, Cowdray seniors lost at Ifield 7-1, reversing an identical result at Cowdray earlier in the season.

Results: Allen Sibley & Bill Hummerston lost to Fred Mitchell & Chris Veal 7&6; Graham Evans & Bill Brownlee halved with Brian Holden & Nike Korol; John Friend & Brian Carpenter lost to Dale Gates & John Mather 3&2; Gordon Kendall & Maurice Watts lost to Dave Christiansen & Dick Walters 3&2; David Tilley & George Crouch halved with Graham Cole & David Young; Roger Poat & Richard Histed lost to Neil Smith & Martin Barham 1 dn; John Doran & Clive Strudwick lost to Dave McHale & Neil Carville 7&5; Brian Brockhurst & Barry Overington lost to Brian Pell & Malcolm Sharpe 5&4.