Golf: Chichester trip too tough for Cowdray

Chichester and Cowdray Park seniors gather for battle

Chichester and Cowdray Park seniors gather for battle

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Cowdray Park seniors travelled to Chichester to face the locals on their course, which features much water and requires a great deal of course management.

The locals used their course experience to good effect, winning 6-1, with the visitors’ only success coming from Peter Burton and Pat Harrison, with a battling win by two up.

Apart from Graham Evans and Chris Hoare, who only lost by one up, the remaining matches were well won by the hosts, with last year’s captain Robert Stainsby putting in a performance which belied his handicap.

After the match everyone enjoyed a drink and meal and the usual post-match banter.

Results (Cowdray names first): Tony Castley & Nick Austin lost to Campbell Goldsmid & Graham Probert 5&3; Peter Burton & Pat Harrison beat Dave Monkton & Don Pattison 2 up; David Tilley & Sam Howes lost to Bev Shrivers-Wright & Pete Collyer 4&3; Mike King & Colin Tebbutt lost to Mike Chapman & Chris Page 5&3; Graham Evans & Chris Hoare lost to Norman Moore & David Blythe 1 dn; Ian Heustice & Peter Hallt lost to Richard Holden & Robert Stainsby 6&5; Peter Hampel & Mike Cardiff lost to David Galloway & John Paul 5&4.

A field of 94 took part in Cowdray Park seniors’ monthly Stableford – including new club champion Dave Lucking, who shot two sub-par rounds on his way to the title.

The first group out contained the eventual overall winner, David Wickham, who continued his progress this year with a score of 42 points to earn himself a two-shot handicap reduction and promotion to division one.

Despite the strength of the field, his score was never seriously threatened, apart from by county player Dave Hirons, who returned with 39 points after failing to score on the first hole. His round contained three holes when he scored four points.

In division one, consistent Harvey Terry came in with 37 points, having won three division-one Stablefords this year, but he was beaten into third place on countback by John Newman.

Just behind these came Ken Marjoram, recent winner of the club captain’s day, with 36 points on countback from former seniors’ captain Bill Hummerston.

Second place in division two was claimed by Ray Dowse, playing his last Stableford as a septuagenarian, with 37 points, earning him an immediate return to division one.

Four players finished with 36 points, headed by Rodney Fisher on countback from Maurice Watts, David Evans and Tony Castley, whose round included a a run of five consecutive holes when he scored three points.

Four players recorded twos for their share of the jackpot: Ian Heustice, Frank Cheevers, Mel Milburn and Mike Cardiff.

The raffle raised £180 for Prostate Cancer Research.

Cowdray Park touring professional Hannah Ralph is inviting her star friends from the Ladies’ European Tour – including Becky Brewerton and Trish Johnson – to play in the 36 hole pro-am on Saturday, August 2 and Sunday 3 at Cowdray Park and Chiddingfold.

Ralph has just returned from her most successful week ever on the tour at the Allianz Slovak Open, coming joint third overall.

After consistent scores on her first three rounds (72, 72, 73), she stood in good shape for the final day with seven birdies and three bogeys – and struck a final-round 68.

As well as coming ‘home’ for the pro-am, Ralph will play all the remaining events on this year’s professional tour with

the ambition of getting to the very top of the European rankings.

The pro-am always attracts star names from the professional tours with Steve Richardson, the former Ryder Cup player, Kevin Spurgeon and Gary Emerson from the Senior Tour plus Rhys Davis and Ross McGowan from the full European Tour among those to have appeared.

This year’s will be sponsored by Estepona Golf Club in southern Spain and marks the launch of the twinning of Chiddingfold

Golf Club and Estepona.

Cowdray Park and Chiddingfold general manager Phil Stevens said: “This is the most eagerly-awaited event of the year and creates a massive buzz at both golf clubs. To welcome such respected players is great for the clubs.

“Having Estepona as the main sponsor this year will add an element of sunshine, whatever the weather!”

Spectators are welcome.

Cowdray ladies had a field of 26 for the Grannies Trophy on a very hot and humid day.

The winner with an amazing 40 points was Imke Sanderson. In second place was Barbara Parker with 35 and Sue Brown came in third with 33.

The Stableford for ‘non-grannies’ was won by Jill Parry with 37 on countback from Tessa Stockwell. Third was Debbie Cheasley on 35.

BOGNOR

On Lady Captain’s Day, 61 ladies played in the Lady Captain’s Medal - the most sought-after prize of the year. Beautiful weather facilitated excellent scores across all divisions, including an eagle on the 495-yard par five by Sophie James.

The overall winner was Lynn Miller with a magnificent nett 67.

Results: Silver: 1 Lynn Miller 67; 2 Sophie James 68; 3 Lyne Watson nett 69. Bronze A: 1 Janet Weeks 71 (cb); 2 Jennifer Phillmore 71 (cb); 3 Georgina McCormack 71. Bronze B: 1 Brigitte Paul 76; 2 Mary Hardy 77; 3 June Smith 77 (cb).

The lady captain is the head of a successful year for BRGC with all three divisions proceeding to the quarter-final stage of the Sussex Knockout Championships 2014.

Division-three ladies have led the way by beating Crowborough Beacon 5-2 at The Dyke and are in the semi-finals, to be played at East Brighton on August 21 against Goodwood Golf Club – supporters welcome.

Divisions one and two are due to play their quarter-finals over the next two weeks and are hoping to follow their lead.

GOODWOOD

Golf At Goodwood professional Steve Mitchell has now taken up a full-time role at the venue and brings a wealth of experience to his role both as an inspirational instructor and a successful tournament player.

Mitchell enjoyed an outstanding career in southern-regional professional events before deciding to pass on his knowledge of the game’s technique and strategy to golfers of all abilities including beginners as well as youngsters.

He explained: “I want the satisfaction of knowing the information I’m giving to anyone who comes to me to learn about the game will put them on the sure path to achieve their goals”.

To this end, he has already broadened the scope of Goodwood’s golfing clientle and masterminded corporate lessons for various business groups including Coutts Bank, Virgin Atlantic Gold Club members and HSBC. He has also embarked on a mission to spread the golfing gospel in local schools as well as individual regional business groups to develop the game especially among juniors.

His enthusiasm for teaching even spread to the staff at Goodwood and he introduced the game to 30 individuals some of whom have subsequently joined the club on a special membership scheme.

His reputation as a motivational teacher also attracted 20 members of staff from the Rolls Royce Group who regularly attended lessons.

Mitchell added: “Apart from individual pupils, I feel that collective lessons also play a crucial part in helping aspiring golf to progress.”

“I would like business groups in particular to experience at first hand what our Golf Academy delivers and that Golf At Goodwood offers a fun and relaxed atmosphere in which to learn and play golf.”

LITTLEHAMPTON

More than 200 members played or assisted in Littlehampton Golf Club’s captain’s weekend.

Derek and Betty Kearney won the mixed competition and Paul Kelly the charity Stableford.

The main event attracted a record field of 152 players to a fun pairs competition. Players representing all sections of the club, plus some members of staff, took part. Winners were Bill Hoal and Rick Markwick with an incredible score of 49 points.

The main aim of the weekend was to raise money for the club’s charity, Chestnut Tree House hospice, and more than £1,500 was added to the pot from entry fees and raffles.

Doubtless one of the big attractions was the prospect of winning a brand-new Kia Sportage, kindly donated as a ‘hole in one’ prize by Newbarn Kia from Bognor. Two players got very close; the nearest saw the ball of single-figure handicapper, Chris Sykes, coming to rest no more than three inches from the hole.

Club captain Mike King paid tribute to the generosity of members and the fantastic team spirit which epitomises the club, and was evident in the number of people helping out behind the scenes with the organisation and arrangements on the day.

Littlehampton GC is looking forward to the next big charity day, the am-am on Saturday, August 30.