Golf: Businesses rise to the Challenge at Cowdray Park

Cowdray Park's winning team from the seniors and ladies' competition
Cowdray Park's winning team from the seniors and ladies' competition
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NINE teams who had won through from three summer qualifying rounds competed for the top prize of a three-night golfing break at the four-star H10 Andalcia Plaza Hotel in Spain at Cowdray Park’s Corporate Challenge final.

Scoring was very good and Contract Candles came in with an excellent team total of 104, making them leaders in the clubhouse.

The very last group in, Badger Barns, were the eventual winners with a fantastic score of 106.

All teams were very complimentary about the condition of the course and the superb food served before prizegiving.

Adela Parro Rubio, sales manager for the H10 hotel group, flew in from Spain to present the prizes to the lucky winners.

The Badger Barns team comprised Adrian Poole (34pts), Steve White (34) and Todd White (38).

The runners-up each received £250 of Condor Ferries vouchers. They were Contract Candles, namely Lee Dormer (39pts), Matt Harrison (33) and Ken Kyle (32).

The Corporate Challenge goes from strength to strength, attracting many national and local blue-chip companies who see the event as an excellent way to network with other companies while enjoying Cowdray Park, considered by some as one of the best courses in the south.

Any company wishing to enter the Harwoods Corporate Challenge in 2014, which could be one of the biggest corporate golf events in the south, should contact your local Harwoods dealer or email enquiries@cowdraygolf.co.uk.

Cowdray Park seniors’ latest medal competition was blighted by bad weather, which came in just after tee-off times. Heavy, squally showers and strong winds made an already-difficult format more tricky.

Overall winner on countback, with 67, was Alan Richardson, who has been making solid progress since joining the seniors.

In the group in front came the eventual second and third-placed players, Jan de Vries and Frank Cheevers, with 67 and 68, de Vries confirming the good form he displayed the day before, winning his match at Ham Manor.

Highlight of the day came from long-time member Peter Hallt, who scored a hole-in-one on the long par-three 17th hole. Not content with this he also scored a two on the par-three third hole and later his day got better when he won a special edition H1 club watch from Boss for his achievement.

Hallt was a generous host to the rest of his colleagues in the clubhouse afterwards to celebrate his achievement, which was the second ace in a competition, following on from Mike Burgess earlier in the year.

The raffle realised £106 for the Mary How Trust, boosted by a further £17 of donations.

Results: 1 Alan Richardson 67 (cb); 2 Jan de Vries 67; 3 Frank Cheevers 68; 4 Brian Carpenter 70 (cb); 5 Peter Hallt 70 (cb); 6 Ian Heustice 70 (cb); 7 David Tilley 70; 8 John Doran 70.

Cowdray Park seniors and ladies combined for their annual competition featuring teams of four, with two seniors and two ladies playing under Stableford conditions, with the best three of four scores to count on each hole. So popular is this event that the players were dispersed to virtually every hole on the course for a shotgun start.

The two captains, Allen Sibley and Pat Wallace, were paired with their respective vice-captains, Brian Brockhurst and Ann Tyrrell, and they returned a creditable score of 98 points.

Sharing the same tee with them were former seniors’ captain David Tilley with Alan Godfree and former ladies’ captain Terry Hughes with Wendy Street, who returned a score of 103 for a tie of second place.

Also tying for second place were late replacement Peter Laws with Phil Morris and Tessa Stockwell with Leo Crouch, but they were pipped on countback for the runners-up prize by Graham Evans with David Wickham and Margaret Curwood with Sandra Barber.

The eventual winners, teeing off at the 11th hole, were David Gaff with another former seniors’ captain Peter Burton and Jane Holden with Marnie Evans, who returned a superb score of 119, winning by 16 points.

This was the second year in succession Jane had been in the winning team for the event.

GOODWOOD

Teeing off at 7.30am, PGA professional and England coach Ryan Fenwick will be giving golf lessons from dawn to dusk next Thursday (Oct 24) to raise money for Winston’s Wish, the leading charity for bereaved children, at the Golf Academy at Goodwood’s Park Course.

The lessons will be 50 minutes long and suitable for beginners, experienced golfers or anyone just wanting to get back into the swing of things. People are asked to make a donation of £30 or more to Winston’s Wish instead of paying for the lesson which would normally cost £50.

Fenwick said: “Having children myself I can’t begin to imagine what bereaved young people have gone through in their lives. It is an honour to make a small contribution to the significant work that Winston’s Wish does.”

All proceeds from the day will go directly to help pay for much-needed services to support bereaved children and their families in West Sussex.

Louise Brown, fundraiser at Winston’s Wish, says: “At Winston’s Wish we believe that the right support offered at the right time can make a life-changing difference to the lives of bereaved children, young people and their families.

“A sum of £50 could cover the cost of a 60-minute call to our national helpline – providing invaluable advice and support to someone concerned about a bereaved child. We are eternally grateful to Ryan and the team at Goodwood for their wonderful support and we wish them every success with this special golfing day.”

To book your place, call Louise Brown on 01403 211030 or email lbrown@winstonswish.org.uk. More information can also be found by visiting www.winstonswish.org.uk/DawnuntilDusk

Sussex golfer Gregor Macintosh capped an outstanding season by winning the junior open at Golf At Goodwood against a formidable line-up of competitors over the south.

The Mannings Heath player fired a superb one under par on the back nine of the championship Downs course to beat local favourite Charlie Strickland on a countback and win a year’s membership at Goodwood.

More than 30 juniors took part in the annual Bobby Locke junior open, named after the late South African golfer who won the Open Championship four times and was a frequent golfing visitor to Goodwood.

This marks a memorable season for Macintosh, who plays for Sussex boys and assisted the team to victory in the south east foursomes earlier in the season.

The 18-hole medal event attracted players with handicaps ranging from one to 28 and PGA professional Ryan Fenwick said: “I’m delighted with the standard and enthusiasm of all the competitors and we are encouraged by the progress of the youngsters in our junior section.”

The handicap event was won by ten-year-old Bradley Jones.

The under-13s section was won by Goodwood member Yasmin Hang.

BOGNOR

Bognor seniors had a busy week with two club matches and a supper competition.

The club matches were both at home - the first against Haywards Heath on an a beautiful autumn day with the course in excellent condition with the greens still running true.

Both sides produced fine performances but Bognor ran out 5½-2½ winners, but three of the games went to the 18th.

Results: Barry Vanstone & Barry Ingate lost 1 down, Brian Wolstencroft & Alastair MacDonald won 2&1, David Turner & John King won 1 up, John Owen & John Woodward won 5&4, Richard Hedge & Vic Ward halved, Frank Hodder & Peter Collins won 4&3, Clive Millett & Paul Black lost 4&3, Steve King & John Wyatt won 2&1.

The second match was against Ifield. In a very tightly-contested match, Ifield won 4½-3½ and once again three games went to the last hole.

Compliments were made on the quality of the course.

Results: Alan Fitzgerald & Alan Delves lost 1 down, Frank Hodder & Derek Whiting lost 3&1, Gary Steventon & Clive Millett won 4&3, Barry Appleby & Brian Madgwick won 4&3, John Woddhead & John King lost 1 down, Ken Catt & Vic Ward lost 6&5, Barry Ingate & Peter Collins halved, Richard Kaemena & Mike Wadley won 5&4.

More than 70 seniors played in the autumn senior supper competition.

The night before, a dinner is held and pairs are drawn. Two suppers are held each year and both are very well attended.

The competition itself was very close with only two points separating the first three places.

Winners were club captain Don McLeod and Dave Powell with an excellent 44 points. Second with 42 were Rob Redmond and Dave Orton, third on countback were Cliff Willis and Dave Chalmers.

SELSEY

It was cloudy but warm for the 25th anniversary of the Selsey Golf Club pro-am, organised by the Sussex Professional Golfers’ Union.

Cliff Pluck, secretary of the SPGU, was the tournament director and said, in the 25 years he had been officiating at this event, he’d never seen the course looking so good.

The teams of three golfers and a professional were sponsored by businesses and the club’s men’s, veterans’ and ladies sections. Competitors had to have a handicap of 18 or below.

Prizes were presented by Cliff Pluck, club captain Trevor Lake and club secretary Brian Rogers. They included cart bags, golf shoes, umbrellas and golf balls.

The amateur winners were the team from the Anchor pub at Sidlesham - Paul Carver, Steve Kirkland and Peter Paul Ryan - with their professional Richard Hill from Worthing GC. They came in with an incredible score of 21 under par.

Runners-up were the team sponsored by the Selsey Country Club - Leigh Treanor, Ashley Barton and Ray Croxford and their professional Ben Martin, from Mannings Heath, only narrowly beaten with a score of 20 under.

Third prize went to the team sponsored by Gerry Dolan - Gerry himself, Brian Wallace and Tony McKerman and their professional Peter Tarvor-Jones from Worthing GC with 19 under.

The winner of the pro competition was Peter Tarvor-Jones with 67 - one under. Runner-up was Richard Hill from Top Golf Inc with a score of 68 and third place went to James Doswell from Highwoods GC with 69.

There was also a prize for the longest drive and six prizes for nearest the pin.

After all the prizes had been awarded, Clive Cockayne presented Cliff Pluck with honorary life membership of Selsey Golf Club. Organisers thanked the directors from Little Spain (Selsey Country Club) for their generosity and praised everyone who made the day a success.