Chichester golfers experience four seasons in two days

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Chichester Golf Club’s Saturday ladies played their annual medal Diana Farley Trophy competition. The winner with a nett score of 72 was Kathy Donohoe. Second with 75 was Caroline Hawkes and third was Rachel Greenland with a nett 78.

Next up was the autumn round of the Four Seasons competition. The competition was played on a Tuesday and Saturday to ensure all ladies could take part. The winner was Sarah Jessop with 40 points. Lisa Mitchelmore was second with 39 and Mary-Lou Litton came third with 37 points.

A fun team Stableford was played by the Tuesday ladies and was won by Maggie Brand, Val Edwards and Pam Hart with 97 points. Second were Lesly Hance, Angela Hancock and Pauline Beale with 94 and a close third with 93 were Lynn Plowman, Yvonne Dunckley and Jennifer Sherwood.

The Saturday ladies played the annual autumn irons-only competition. The winner was the undaunted Mary-lou Litton with 36 points ahead of Sarah Jessop with 32 and junior captain Rebecca Curd with 31 points.

The monthly medal on the Tower course was won by Lisa Jackson with a nett 66. Second with the lowest gross and a nett 67 on countback was Yvonne Dunckley and third was Lyn Santer.

BOGNOR

More than 100 members took part in the 36-hole Autumn Tankard. Shaun Maskell was the winner with an excellent nett score of 128. Second was 17-year-old junior member Ryan Breach on 133, third Olly Longlands on 134.

Best aggregate of the two gross scores went to Andy Brown on countback from Shaun Maskell, both on the outstanding score of 140. Third on 144 was Andrew Field.

On completion of the 11 rounds of the Len Hodge gross competition, Andy Brown was the winner on 431. Shaun Maskell was second on 441 and Alan Simmonds third on 443.

Winner of the nett competition was Shaun Maskell on 410 on countback from Alan Simmonds. Third was Ian Paine on 415 on countback from Andy Brown.

After 12 rounds of the Hollymead Cup the top qualifiers are Shaun Maskell followed by Alan Simmonds, Jordan Vincent and Jim Catt.

The 42 qualifiers will take part in the final day this Sunday when the trophy will go to the best 18-hole medal score.

The juniors have enthusiastically continued taking part in various competitions.

Fifteen played in the Shannick Medal sponsored by Peter Cox. It was won by Jack Taylor with a nett score of 65, on countback from Tom Stoneham and Hayley Mackay. Ben Taylor, Jack’s younger brother, was the over-28 handicappers’ winner.

Sixteen took part in the Pittam Trophy. Christine Pittam and her late husband, who was president of the club, have sponsored this for 40 years. Ryan Maskell was the winner with 44 points after a play-off with Matt Wood. Max Littleboy was third on 39. Bradley Dodman was the winner of the over-28s. The Pittam winners and runners-up are pictured at the top of the article.

The Norman Enticott Trophy was contested by 13 juniors. The winner of the gross and nett prize was Ryan Breach with 78. Runner-up on gross was Tom Stoneham on countback from Ryan Maskell. Runner-up nett was Maskell on countback from Jake Stoneham. The sponsor was Pat Enticott.

Tom Stoneham and junior vice-captain Haylet Mackay are having particularly good seasons. Tom’s handicap has been reduced to seven from ten while Hayley’s handicap has come down from 15 to eight in the past month.

For their final game in the West Sussex League, the juniors visited Ham Manor. Requiring only 2.5 points to win the league again the match was all square at 3-3 after nine holes but Ham Manor were much stronger on the back half to win the match and the league by 1.5. Tom and Jake Stoneham lost, as did Ryan Breach and James Woolsey. Jack Taylor won and Jason Cullen halved.

COWDRAY PARK

Conditions were good for September’s Cowdray seniors’ Stableford. Scoring was very disappointing, with only seven breaking par.

Top of division one was Paul Owen with 39 points, extending his lead in the Carter Trophy, while second place was claimed by Richard Keep (38) and third went to Phil Pett, a winner last year.

Leading scores were the same in division two, with Paul Chater top with 39 points, Terry Moran second with 38 and former seniors’ captain Wally Mitchell third with 37.

John Sanderson hit the shot of the day on the long par-three ninth to score a hole-in-one, a rare occurrence this year at Cowdray.

Captain Bill Hummerston donated prizes for the nearest-the-pin shots on the four par-threes. These were won by Gary Strowbridge (third), John Sanderson (hole in one, ninth), Paul Owen (11th) and John Newman (17th).

The captain’s charity was boosted by £297 for the month.

The seniors visited the tough links course at Hayling, which is often used for qualifying rounds of the Open.

Cowdray put up a brave fight, only going down 4½-3½, with a defeat in the final match. A fine start came from stand-in match manager Peter Burton and David Tilley, who set the ball rolling with a 3&1 win.

Two defeats followed before John Doran and John Friend halved. Cowdray reduced the deficit through Keith Chapman and Peter Hallt but Cowdray lost two of the final three matches.

Results: Peter Burton & David Tilley beat Mike Hughes-Narborough & Brian Osborne 3&1; Allen Sibley & Dave Darby lost to Noel Edwards & Brian Edwards 4&3; John Smith & Rodney Fisher lost to Ian Garside & Phil Bailey 7&6; John Doran & John Friend halved with Edgar Houlson & Terry Trise; Keith Chapman & Peter Hallt beat Tony Child & Mike Johnson 2 up; Ken Marjoram & Tony Pike lost to Ray Stewart & Brian Carter 2&1; Roger Poat & Ian Heustice beat Barry Goodchild & Peter Mellish 4&3; Wally Mitchell & Peter Laws lost to Roger Thompson & Mike Ingle 4&3.

Cowdray Park seniors visited West Sussex GC for the only match during the year in which they play the foursomes format.

Cowdray adapted well to force an exciting 4-4 draw, thanks to a stunning 5&4 win by the final pairing of Barry Overington and Gary Strowbridge.

The day started badly with three early defeats but the fightback began with an excellent 4&3 win by David Manning and Peter Hallt followed by a 5&4 triumph from John Newman and Peter Burton. The ‘equaliser’ came from Keith Chapman and Allen Sibley before the home side regained the lead in match seven. Then came the superb win in the final match.

Results: David Tilley & Dave Lucking lost to Alan Hunt & Chris Pett 1 dn; Mike Hancock & Jan de Vries lost to Adrian White & Graeme McDavid 3&2; Bill Hummerston & Graham Evans lost to Stuart Reid & Peter Hugget 2&1; Peter Hallt & David Manning beat Andrew Dobson & John Varney 4&3; John Newman & Peter Burton beat Jon Perry & Andy Vickerstaff 5&4; Keith Chapman & Allen Sibley beat Rob Davidson & Nick Brigstocke 2&1; Brian Carpenter & Ralph Fanshawe lost to Derrick Simpson & Stuart Bishop 4&3; Barry Overington & Gary Strowbridge beat Roger Reed & Jeremy Buckwell 5&4.

The winners of the Cowdray ladies’ medal competitions during the year qualified to play in the Smail Trophy. The overall winner with a score of 74 was Mandy Lucking. Jill Parry came second with 76 and Wendy Street was third, also on 76.

A Macmillan Stableford was played, with all entry fees going to Macmillan Cancer Research.

Results: Div 1 - Jane Holden 40, Polly Davenport 35, Judy Stillwell 33; Div 2 - Georgie Miller 33, Frances Marjoram 33, Heather Pearce 30; Div 3 - Sandra Barber 33, Maureen Bailey 31, Julia Lloyd 25.

AVISFORD PARK

The seniors enjoyed good weather and a course in excellent condition for one of their prime events of the year - the Captain’s Day, held in support of Kent and Sussex Air Ambulance.

A hard-fought Stableford ensured.

Results: 1 Peter Brown 40, 2 Baz Woolven 38, 3 Nick Birch 38,

4 Brian Coughlan 37, 5 Tony Stansfield 37, 6 Terry Smith 37.

Other prizewinners: J Sutton, B Rogers, M Gammon, P Smith, N Birch, A Winterton.

Avisford’s midweek Stableford was won by Lee Swain with 38 points. Kevin Brown hit a hole in one on the 18th hole.

The ladies’ STM Trophy was won by Yvette Charman with 39. The club Stableford was won by Lee Passey with 42 points in division one and by Robert Wood with 38 in division two.

The final of the Chris Cullen knockout competition saw Chris Wall and Jayson Walker victorious. Runners-up were Mark Walden and Kevin Edmunds.