Cowdray Park seniors’ ‘Young Guns’, the under-70s, faced their annual challenge from ‘the Old Wrinklies’, the over-70s, for the Jimmy Thompson Trophy and bragging rights for the year.
Last year the trophy went to the Old Boys, but this year the youngsters found their mojo and ran out winners by 31 holes.
The format is four-ball better-ball and three of the 14 matches were halved, and, after seniors’ captain Peter Burton and Robert Strick gave the over-70s side a good start with a four-hole win over Brian Brockhurst and Phillip Currie, the under-70s soon established a lead and lost only two of the remaining matches.
Winning pairings with margins: Peter Burton/Robert Strick (4), Dave Tilley/Ian Goodall (7), Pat Bonner/Derek Bastiani (2), Alan Robinson/Bruce Spooner (6), David Heard/Dave Imlach (5), Paul Berry/Roy Penrose (2), Bill Hummerston/Clive Strudwick (3), Brian Carpenter/Tony Castley (2), Wally Mitchell/Bill McGregor (1), Graham Evans/Mike King (4), Cliff Davis/Trevor Edwards (9).
Playing their final game at West Chiltington, Cowdray Park seniors had to concede a large number of shots to home players in virtually all matches and the home side ran out convincing winners by 7-1.
The only win for the visitors came from seniors’ vice-captain Bill Hummerston and Brian Brockhurst, who won 4&3.
One unusual incident saw the home side find themselves two players short, and Cowdray’s opening pair split up as singles, with David Manning representing the home side against Ralph Fanshawe, match manager.
Manning won to record the first win for the home side.
Playing their penultimate away game of a long season, Cowdray Park seniors visited Ham Manor, against whom they had opened their season with an 8-0 victory.
The visitors completed another double with a 5-3 win.
Inspired by seniors’ captain Peter Burton and Derek Smith, who won the opening match 2&1, Cowdray soon established a 2-0 lead through John Doran and Gordon Kendall, who also won 2&1.
Cowdray secured victory by winning three matches in a row courtesy of Pat Harrison and Brian Carpenter, Jan de Vries and Bill Hummerston and Dave Darby and Colin Tebbutt.
Results (Cowdray names first): Peter Burton & Derek Smith beat David Gailey & Malcolm Grint 2&1; John Doran & Gordon Kendall beat Vic Coles & Bob Sadler 2&1; Dave Tilley & Ray Tucker lost to John Christian & Derek Duncanson 5&4; Pat Harrison & Brian Carpenter beat Mike Last & David Fraser 5&4; Jan de Vries & Bill Hummerston beat Brian Mitten & Ray Leggett 6&4; Dave Darby & Colin Tebbutt beat Ray Horswell & John Adams 3&2; Allen Sibley & Dave Gaff lost to Ron Griffiths & Fred Wordsworth 5&4; Peter Hallt & Clive Strudwick lost to John Barr & Ian Bull 3&2.
Cowdray ladies held their autumn invitation, organised by Jill Parry and Sally Williams. The format was four-ball better-ball.
The winners were Mandy Lucking and guest Caroline Hawkes from Chichester with an amazing 49 points.
Terry Hughes and guest Jenny Jones from Foxbridge came second with 46 and third was Jenny Clegg and guest Liz Telford from Bramley with 42.
Other scores: Best front 9: Mary Morling & Jackie Harmes (Ham Manor) 20pts; Best back 9: Lil Cummins & Sang Porter (Chichester) 20; Nearest the pin, 9th (guest only): Rosemary Roberts (West Sussex); 11th (member): Terry Hughes.
The previous week, Solveig Burton and Tessa Stockwell came in with a nett 75 to win the Daily Mail qualifier. Runners-up were Lil Cummins and Debbie Cheasley with 76 on countback.
Seventy two golfers took part in the 18-hole men’s invitation.
Breakfast preceded the shotgun start and four-ball better-ball stableford format played off three-quarters handicap.
Prizegiving was followed by an evening meal.
Results: 1 JJ Stephenson & Bruce Maskell (Surbiton GC) 43pts ocb, 2 Russell Braham & Alan Church (Goodwood) 43, 3 Paul Brennan & Simon Spicer (Goodwood) 42 ocb, 4 Alistair Murray & Ken Watherson from Rowlands Castle Golf Club 42.
The ladies at Chichester Golf Club, playing off handicaps of 0 to 28, took to the course to play for the Cathedral Cup.
Conditions were ideal, with hardly any wind and the ball rolling well.
There were six scores of 36 to 38 points, but Jeannie Blackman came in to pip the lot with 39.
Results: 1 Jeannie Blackman 39, 2 Yvonne Dunckley 38, 3 Elaine Fell 37. Stableford (handicaps 29-36): 1 Sue Winterbotham 36, 2 Lis Campling 33, 3 Gill Fielding 30.
Thirty seven ladies took part in the October EWGA Tuesday medal on the Tower course.
Conditions were ideal and five ladies had their handicaps reduced after good rounds.
Melva Bateman pipped committee member Sue Ward to second place on countback over the back nine holes - both players recording nett 68s.
However, it was Sue Bond, who only started playing at the beginning of the year, who pipped them both with a nett 67.
Junior member Rebecca Curd contined her good form winning the Saturday Stableford competition with 31 points.