Golf: Bognor juniors and Cowdray seniors are in the swing

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With a full fixture list in front of them, the juniors at Bognor have begun their 2012 programme of competition.

The Junior Members’ Cup was won by Tom Stoneham with 40 points, on countback from George Bingham. Third was James Woolsey with 38.

The Lumpy Trophy was won by Ben Hughes with a nett score of 61. Second on 65 was Jordan Vincent. Jake Stoneham was third on 66 on countback from older brother Tom. Of those with 28-plus handicaps Mitchell Cane was the winner with 42 points.

The winner of the first Stableford of the year was Tom Stoneham with 34 points on countback from Megan Tinson. Matt Wood was third, also on 34.

In the most recent Stableford, Max Littleboy was the winner with 43 points, ahead of Tom Stoneham on 42 and Matt Wood on 41, third on countback from Jordan Vincent.

The Sussex Golf Development Academy held their trials for juniors aged nine to 15. Ninety took part in the west region trials at Rustington.

All six Bognor juniors, 13 and under, were among 30 selected to move on to the county-wide coaching programme. They will attend county training academies for three-hour sessions once a month over the next six months.

The successful Bognor players are George and Scott Bingham, Fraser Harrison, Jake Stoneham, Megan Tinson and James Woolsey. Stoneham has already had experience of playing with the Sussex under-13s, and it is hoped the others will soon be chosen to represent the county.

Meanwhile the Thursday evening coaching programme at Bognor will start later this month as will the Academy every Saturday morning. Further details can be obtained from junior organiser Ian Stoneham on 01243 841241.

Fifty-seven Bognor ladies entered a medal competition.

Results: Silver: 1 Chris Puddicombe 69 nett,

2 Penny Entecott 72 ocb, 3 Denise Pratt 72; Bronze A: 1 Sandra Coulton 72 ocb, 2 Sara Stoneham 72 ocb, 3 Berit Smallcorn 72, 4 Kay Dady 73 ocb; Bronze B: 1 Sally Cameron 71, 2 Pat Fitzgerald 75, 3 Chris Downie 76; Vets: 1 Davina Rumsby 74, 2 June Smith 75, 3 Beryl Payne 78.

COWDRAY PARK

More than 40 Cowdray Park ladies played in a Dovetail competition. The competition is played in pairs. After each hole one score is recorded on the card, each player contributing nine stableford scores.

Results: 1 Helen Chapman & Mary Sexton 42pts; 2 Imke Sanderson & Anne Laver 41; 3 Wendy Street & Frances Marjoram 40; 4 Tessa Stockwell & Pat Wallace 39; 5 Sandra Barber & Janet Poat 38.

The February Stableford was played on a mild day.

Results: Div 1 - 1 Stephanie Bevis 38, 2 Marilyn Davis 38, 3 Wendy Street 37; Div 2 - 1 Imke Sanderson 38, 2 Barbara Smith 35, 3 Pauline Crabbe 32; Div 3 - 1 Angie Edwards 26, 2 Judith Brownlee 25, 3 Jenny Nicholls 24.

Cowdray Park travelled to meet table-toppers Puttenham in the Surrey & West Sussex Winter League, hoping to make in-roads into their lead.

The visitors put up a strong challenge and were thwarted in their victory attempt only by a chip-in on the last green in the final match to tie the match at 2-2.

The early initiative was grabbed by Cowdray Park thanks to a stunning 5&4 win by captain Phil Harrison and partner John Doran, but the visitors levelled with a narrow 2&1 win.

The visitors restored their lead with an excellent 3&1 victory by Pat Harrison and Derek Smith.

It all came down to the last match featuring Brian Street and Dave Hirons, who went to the last tee all square with the home pair, but they went down to a chip-in by the home side’s Ian Calori.

Results (Cowdray Park names first): Phil Harrison & John Doran beat John Stiff & Norman Brown 5&4; John Newman & Jan de Vries lost to Peter Bugdale & David Deacon 2&1; Pat Harrison & Derek Smith beat Tony Raffermart & Ron Wyeth 3&1; Brian Street & Dave Hirons lost to Tony Malyon & Ian Calori 1 dn.

Cowdray Park seniors held their popular Spring Texas scramble, featuring 18 teams of four. After a heavy mist had burnt off, conditions were idyllic, with warm sun, no wind and the course in fine condition.

The winning team featured single-handicapper Derek Smith, crafty veterans Pat Bonner and Wally Mitchell and Frank Cheevers, a late replacement for a higher-handicapped player.

The team of captain Bill Hummerston, Terry Jasper, Ray Dowse and Les Parker moved into second place but not for long.

Second was soon claimed by John Stone, Mel Milburn, Roger Poat and David Imlach with 60.2 points.

The event was superbly organised by Dave Hirons.

SELSEY

The veterans’ section at Selsey Golf Club started the 2012 season in high spirits with a nine-hole Stableford and an excellent spring lunch.

The overall winner of the competition was David White with 21 points.

The winners of the individual handicap divisions were Brian Chamberlain (Div 1) with 19 points ahead of Terry Chapman on countback, David White (Div 2) with 21 points in front of Bobby Moore and Brian Rainer (Div 3) with 19 points, ahead of Roy Tolhurst.

AVISFORD PARK

The midweek medal was won by Tony Charrin with a nett 65.

The club medal was won in division one by Nathan Warren with a nett 65 and in division two by Raymond Wyatt with 68.

The senior medal was won in division one by George Butler with a nett 71 and in division two by Kevin D’urban-Jackson with 70.