Christmas is a time for giving ... prizes to golfers

Outgoing captain Graham Watson with new Selsey vets' captain Bobby Moore

Outgoing captain Graham Watson with new Selsey vets' captain Bobby Moore

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Cowdray Park seniors held their annual Christmas dinner and prizegiving, including a presentation to the captain’s charity, the Mary How Trust, for the amount raised during the year.

After the feast, captain Allen Sibley led the seniors in full-hearted renditions of two carols, accompanied by David Laver and Gordon Kendall on saxophones, before presenting a cheque for £3,390 to Roanne Moore-Loizides from the Mary How Trust, who thanked the seniors for their generosity and gave a brief description of the trust’s work in the area of cancer research.

Prizegiving took place for the winners of various trophies during the year.

WINNERS - Triple Six: John Lee & John Kitchener; Sandell Trophy: David Tilley; Barham Salver : Frank Cheevers & Derek Smith; Elliott Cup; Ken Marjoram; Podmore Salver; Phil Pett & David Laver; Heard Tankard; Ken Marjoram; Yellowlees Quaich; Pat Bonner; Rolland Plate; David Heard; Lait Trophy; Ian Goodall; Carter Trophy: Graham Thompson; Eclectic; Frank Cheevers; Captains Prize; Paul Owen; Vets.Cup; David Hirons; Seniors’ Champions’ Trophy; Derek Smith.

Stableford winners (Div 1/2): Dec: Peter Burton/Derek Cooper; Feb: Dave Lucking/Tony Castley; March: Mike Burgess/Bill Brownlee; April: David Heard/Graham Thompson; May: Frank Cheevers/Barry Overington; June: Steve Tkaczynski/Mike Holden; July: Phil Harrison/Graham Thompson; Aug: Ken Marjoram/Phil Pett; Sept: Allen Sibley/Rodney Fisher; Oct: Dave Lucking/Phil Pett; Nov: Pat Bonner/Phil Singer.

Following the prizegiving, Sibley paid tribute to two long-serving committee members, David Hirons and Keith Chapman, who had completed their terms of service and who had given such loyal and long service to the section, which was acknowledged by presentation of cheques to each, following a collection among the seniors.

Cowdray ladies held their Christmas lunch and a nine-hole competition. A total of 52 ladies enjoyed the occasion.

Winners of the nine holes from the first tee were Janet Poat, Susie Brockhurst and Gaynor Dudman with 46 points, ahead of Margaret Curwood, Sue Brown and Lil Cummins on 45.

The winners of nine holes from the tenth tee were Barbara Parker, Linda Doney and Sue Morris with 48 points, beating Cath Yates, Judith Brownlee, Marnie Evans on 45.

CHICHESTER

Winter golf means fun golf for Chichester ladies and December was no exception. A traffic-lights competition got the ball rolling.

Each team of three had a different colour ball, which was used on six holes of the player’s choice, enabling a double point score for that hole.

The eventual winners were Lisa Jackson, Lesly Hance and Angela Hancock with 153 points. Second with 142 were Jeannie Blackman, Trish Robertson and Hazel Gillet and in third place were Caroline Hawkes, Sandi Johnstone and Wendy Jeffery with 139.

Saturday ladies played their usual Stableford competition. Caroline Hawkes with 31 points narrowly beat Kathy Donohoe on 30. In third place was Lisa Mitchelmore with 29.

The following Tuesday brought the ladies’ Christmas lunch and some played in a roll-up before tucking into a superb traditional lunch followed by mince pies and carol singing.

Sandi Johnstone won the guess-the-weight-of-the-cake with £53 going to the lady captain’s charities.

The lady captain’s Christmas breakfast competition followed a welcome full English breakfast. Some may have struggled with swing their clubs afterwards but the eventual winning team comprised Kathy Donohoe, Lesley Downs and Val Swain with 83 points.

Lisa Jackson, Helen Ball and Mary-Lou Litton were second with 76 while lady captain Dot Collyer, Caroline Hawkes and Lisa Jackson were third with 67 points.

BOGNOR

More than 90 members of Bognor’s men’s section attended their Christmas dinner evening, then played in the Canada Cup which is a four-ball better-ball competition the following morning.

After an excellent dinner the men were entertained by a comedian. Great fun was had by all and next year’s captain Ron Stevens introduced his vice-captain for the year, Simon Watts.

Results: 1 Shaun Maskell & Richard Beresford 42pts, 2 James McLean & Simon Watts 41, 3 Mick Martin & Peter Collins 40, 4 (on countback) Ian Kracke & Mark Watson.

In the men’s midweek turkey Stableford, 43 players took part. The competition had excellent weather conditions, and the course was in great condition considering the time of year.

Results: 1 Roly Heath 43pts, 2 John Harnett 41, 3 Paul Cooper.

Bognor ladies held a Christmas tea competition. The winners were Jill Gill, Carmel Du Plessis, Sally Cameron and Kim Mercer - pictured with ladies’ captain Nicki Vincent.

SELSEY

The annual meeting for the veterans’ section of Selsey Golf Club saw the veterans’ captain for 2014, Bobby Moore, elected by members and presented with his cap and badge of office by the 2013 captain Graham Watson.

This year has been an excellent year for the veterans, particularly with regard to inter-club matches - winning 11, halving two and losing three.

The section also retained the Millennium Salver - played for in matches against Southsea - for the second year. In addition, during his year as captain, Graham raised more than £800 for his chosen charity, the Sussex Snowdrop Trust.

Pictured is Graham Watson presenting Bobby Moore with his cap and badge of office.