Golf: Awesome foursomes taking shape at Cowdray Park

Cowdray Park Seniors' Foursomes semi-finalists (l-r) Bill Hummerston, Dave Lucking, Paul Owen and Cliff Davis
Cowdray Park Seniors' Foursomes semi-finalists (l-r) Bill Hummerston, Dave Lucking, Paul Owen and Cliff Davis

Cowdray Park seniors’ winter knockout competitions for the Barham Salver (foursomes) and the Sandell Trophy (singles) are in the final stages, having suffered from delays during the bad winter weather.

In the singles, former seniors’ captain David Tilley defeated in-form Brian Carpenter to reach the final. The other semi-final is between David Heard and consistent Roger Poat.

In the foursomes, Frank Cheevers and Derek Smith have reached the final by defeating Dave Hirons and Colin Tebbutt in the semi-final.

The second semi-final was a close-fought match between two very evenly-matched pairs, Bill Hummerston and Dave Lucking played Paul Owen and Cliff Davis.

It was cut and thrust all the way round, with neither pair giving an inch until, on the 16th, Owen and Davis capitalised on a mistake from their opponents to establish a one hole lead. They finished with a par on the 17th to win 2&1.

Alan Godfree became the first Cowdray Park senior to progress to the second round of the Summer Singles Matchplay when he overcame the stiff challenge of Tony Castley by one up.

Castley established a two-hole lead after four holes, but Godfree responded well, and won five holes on the trot.

Castley took the first four holes on the back nine to regain the lead but Godfree re-established his lead with wins on holes 15 and 16 and held out to win an exciting tussle by one up.

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Eighty-seven Cowdray Park seniors entered the May Stableford.

The day started dull and cold before brief sunshine, followed by squally showers, some interspersed with hailstones.

Phil Harrison and veteran Des White traded shots for most of the round and laid down a good marker for division-one players with excellent scores of 37 and 39 points respectively.

Despite the quality of players following, Frank Cheevers was the only division-one player to exceed their scores with a superb 43 and a handicap reduction.

Division two was more closely contested for the best part of the day, with David Darby setting the pace with 39 points and leading overall on countback for some time.

Excellent scores of 37 from Rodney Fisher, Peter Clarke and Gary Strowbridge, inter-mingled with many scores under 30. Then came the winning score of the day, a stunning 46 from Barry Overington, leading to a four-shot handicap reduction.

This was far and away the highest points total seen in a seniors’ competition for a long time, and followed the same player’s excellent round earlier in the week.

Veteran Terry Jasper battled his way through the wind and rain to record an excellent points score of 40 to claim second place in division two and earn a return to division one.

A raffle raised £171 for the Mary How Trust.

Results: Div 1 - 1 Frank Cheevers 43pts; 2 Des White 39; 3 Phil Harrison 37; 4 Pat Harrison, Dave Lucking and David Heard all on 35. Div 2 - 1 (overall winner) Barry Overington 46; 2 Terry Jasper 40; 3 David Darby 39; 4 Gary Strowbridge, Rodney Fisher, Mick Colban & Peter Clarke, all on 37.

Thirty-seven ladies played in the Half Century Vase competition at Cowdray.

To qualify, competitors had to be 50 or over and handicaps were adjusted according to age.

The winner with an excellent nett score of 71 was Cath Yates. Pam Leach was runner-up with 72. Third with 74 was Ann Tyrrell on countback from Judy Stillwell, who achieved a hole in one on the third.

This is the second time she has had a hole in one at Cowdray - and on the same hole, which is recognised as the most difficult par three on the course.

SELSEY

Vets and Friends Day at Selsey featured a fourball better-ball competition, with each player playing off three-quarters handicap.

Winners this year were Bobby Moore and his friend Roger Browell (Whipsnade Park GC) with a score of 39 points. Second were David Green and his friend John Boniface (Eastbourne GC) after countback with 38.

BOGNOR

A total of 74 ladies took part in the two rounds of the Langmead Challenge 36-hole competition which, for the first time, was played over two days. The overall winner was Lynda Searle of division two on 145.

The best score in division one was 146 by Lynn Miller. Second was Nicki Vincent on 150 on countback from Caroline Pilbeam and Denise Pratt. Fifth was Wendy Johnson on 152.

Second to Lynda Searle in division two was Jane Russell on 147 on countback from Angela Allen. Fourth on 148 was Chris Puddicombe on countback from Edwina Beresford.

First in division three was Eileen Morris on 145, followed by Sally Cameron on 151, Anne Coupe third on 156, Davina Rumsby fourth on 158 and fifth on 161 was June Smith.

The weather was fine for the ladies who visited Bognor to play in the spring team open. There were nine teams and the winners were from Chichester GC - Sue Ward, Sue Bond, Caroline Hawkes and Jennifer Sherwood. Second were Yvette Charman, Liz Whitney, Rosemary Dabinett and Cherry Williams from Avisford Park.

Third were the team from Cowdray Park of Sally Williams, Margaret Curwood, Gaynor Dudman and Terry Hughes.

Nearest the pin on fifth was Sue Bond from Chichester and on the tenth it was Yvette Charman from Avisford Park.

A field of 16 ladies took part in the new club 36-hole strokeplay championship.

After a wet start, the weather improved and several players posted excellent scores.

Heather Tidy won the championship with a gross score of 155. Suzanne Taylor was runner-up with 159.

The best morning round was the gross 77 by Hayley Mackay on countback from Sian Southerton. The 80 by Caroline Pilbean was the best afternoon round.

The 36-hole competition was also used as a qualifier for the matchplay championship which will be played throughout the season, with the semi-final and final being played in September.

CHICHESTER

It was a cold and blustery day for the first half of the Founders Day Trophy Stableford and just 53 veterans braved the conditions. The weather improved as did the scoring with once again category-four players dominating the prizes.

Just three points separated the top five with Bev Shrives-Wrist (pictured left receiving the trophy from captain Robert Stainsby) scoring 41 points to come out on top.

Result: 1 Bev Shrives-Wrist 41pts; 2 Clive Boon 40, 3 Robert Prince 39, 4 Norman Moore 38, 5 Don Hagell 38.

Two more matches continued the Chichester veterans’ fine unbeaten run with one home victory and one draw away from home.

It was a very pleasant day at East Horton and the course was in good condition. Captain Robert Stainsby and Nick Hobbs got the team off to a great start with a 5&3 victory but two halves and two losses left it to the final pairing of Jim Robertson and Dave Monkton to secure a 3-3 draw with a fighting 2&1 victory.

Results: Robert Stainsby & Nick Hobbs won 5&3; Campbell Goldsmid & Peter Green halved; Ken Hart & David Blythe lost 1 down; Bruce Santer & Roger Fletcher halved; Brendan Sharpe & Dieter Matthey lost 4&3; Dave Monkton & Jim Robertson won 2&1.

Avisford Park arrived at Chichester on a beautiful sunny day. The Cathedral course was playing well and all the home players did well, earning a 5-1 win.

Results: Robert Stainsby & Mike Harrington won 3&2; Dave Monkton & John Fox won 4&3; Mike Chapman & Roy Chandler lost 3&2; Eric Bourne & Ed Root won 3&2; Bruce Santer & Chris Page won 2&1; Bev Shrives-Wrist & Ivan Hollow won 1 up.

AVISFORD PARK

Bob Boulter has enjoyed a great start to his year of captaincy. Matches have come in quick succession and Boulter has been delighted with the support from members.

Avisford welcomed their friends from Rustington on a bright, breezy day and Boulter and Peter Smith set a good example with a solid 3&2 win over the opposition.

Apart from David Feist and Graham Williams, who won by 6&4, all other matches were close affairs but the final result was a 4-2 win.

The visitors complemented Avisford on the excellent condition of the course.

The team went on the road for a match at Slinfold Park Leisure Centre.

The match was a great tussle and Avisford were pleased to come away with a draw at 4-4. It is a tricky course with hidden hazards awaiting a stray shot and it took some good play to negate the home advantage.

The annual captain’s day raised money for the Snowdrop trust.

There were 96 golfers taking part in a Stableford which Mark Heron won with 38 points.

Second was Adam Kracke, also with 38, and Richard Keates was third with 37.

The winner of the ladies’ competition was Fiona Lewis with 34 points ahead of Lynne Collins with 30.

Nearest the pins were won by Adam Kracke on the second, Graham Twine on the 14th and Chris Wall on the 18th.

Nearest the pin in two was Neil Medcraft, while the lady nearest the pin was Mary Boulter.

The total raised was £1,107.