Golf: Cowdray get the better of Chichester - but only just

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The Cowdray Park course was in excellent condition for the visit of Chichester seniors. It was a close-run affair, with the home side running out 4½-3½ winners.

The lead match, involving match manager Tony Castley and Peter Laws, ended closer than seemed probable at one stage. Having gone four up after four holes, the Cowdray duo eventually won 3&2.

Match two went the way of the home side by 4&3 thanks mainly to superb putting from Peter Burton. The third match, featuring the best player on each side, Dave Hirons and Harry Harper, went to the wire, with a superb chip on the 18th from the home side’s Alan Godfree securing the win by one up.

The visitors made inroads into the lead but the home side had enough in hand to hold on.

Results (Cowdray names first): Tony Castley & Peter Laws beat Brendan Sharpe & David Blythe 3&2; Mike Hancock & Peter Burton beat Ken Jackson & Peter Green 4& 3; Dave Hirons & Alan Godfree beat Harry Harper & Robert Stainsby 1 up; Bill Hummerston & Ray Dowse lost to Rob Baldwin & Andrew Grant 2 dn; Clive Strudwick & Chris Hoare halved with Norman Moore & Mike Harrington; Allen Sibley & George Crouch beat Nicholas Hobbs & Chris Myers 2 up; Mel Milburn & Dave Imlach lost to Ken Williams & Gordon Williams 4&3; Gordon Kendall & Colin Tebbutt lost to Campbell Goldsmith & Richard Holden 5&4.

Cowdray Park seniors made the short journey to Liphook. New match manager Brian Carpenter was unable to play and Jan de Vries was drafted in as a substitute - and led his side to 4-3 victory.

The course was in superb condition and there was some excellent scoring.

Allen Sibley and Keith Chapman led the way with a 3&2 win, followed by De Vries and partner Sam Howes winning on the the last green. Liphook fought back before Cowdray’s Mike King and Trevor Edwards made the result secure.

Results: Allen Sibley & Keith Chapman beat Wyn Davies & David Moffatt 3&2; Jan de Vries & Sam Howes beat Sandy Sullivan & Richard Blott 1 up; Chris Hoare & John Start beat Bob Locking & John Trewby 2 up; David Manning & Alistair Proctor lost to Alan Hill & Gordon Oehlers 3&2; David Heard & Graham Evans lost to Richard Freedman & Richard Mountford 4&3; Mike King & Trevor Edwards beat Roger Mowll & David Mowlam 2 up; Paul Owen & Peter Clarke lost to John Rad & Robin Rickman 1 dn.

In appalling conditions, with water starting to lie on the surface, Cowdray Park and Bramley seniors squelched their way to a 4-4 draw.

Match manager Roger Poat teamed up with top senior Dave Lucking to win 4&3. For the rest of the day results alternated until Bramley claimed the final match to level matters.

Outstanding win of the day came from Cowdray’s two Keiths, Chapman and Barker, who won 6&5.

Results: Roger Poat & Dave Lucking beat Mike Whitaker & Barry Elliott 4&3; Cliff Davis & Mike Holden lost to Jeff Green & Frank Mangan 4&3; David Imlach & Alistair Proctor beat Colin Masters & Tony Moorey 3&2; David Gaff & Peter Laws lost to Paul Tanner & Bob Zannetti 1 dn; Mike Hughes & George Crouch beat Gren Boyden & Dave Morley 1up; Bill Brownlee & Graham Evans lost to Mike Burnham & Tim Nicholas 1dn; Keith Barker & Keith Chapman beat Dave de Gruchy & Mike Sheridan 6&5; Alan Godfree & Wally Mitchell lost to Tony Lake & Peter Bonner 2&1.

For the May monthly medal, a field of 94 played through quite unpleasant weather. Considering the conditions there were some good scores returned.

Results: Div 1 - Steve Judd (overall winner) nett 64 (ocb), Kevin Raishbrook 64, Trevor Challen 67. Div 2 - Phil Jaeger 67, Chris Bowles 68, Colin West 68. Div 3 - Matt Callow 67, Ken Kyle 69, Dave Coombes 69.

BOGNOR

Early starters had to contend with torrential rain in the Bognor ladies’ spring meeting medal competition for the Thorpe Cup. The cup winner was Sara Stoneham with nett 71.

Results: Silver Div - 1 Chris Puddicombe 73 ocb, 2 Bridget Samuels 73, 3 Denise Pratt 75 ocb,

4 Sophie James 75. Bronze A - 1 Sara Stoneham 71, 2 Berit Smallcorn 74, 3 Jane Russell 75,

4 Debbie Fenton 76. Bronze B: 1 Carol Adams 73, 2 June Smith 83, 3 Sally Cameron 84 ocb,

4 Brigitta Paul 84.

Bognor Regis ladies played in the second week of their Spring meeting in a 32-hole foursomes competition.

Scores: 1 Ann Bushell & Lynn Miller 59pts, 2 Jane Russell & Sue Doughty 58, 3 Wendy Johnson & Dora Vaughan 56 ocb; 4 Bridget Samuels & Teresa Byrne 56. Best AM score, 18 holes: 1 Nicki Vincent & Lynn Watson 34, 2 Barbara Trenchard & Marge Fenwick 32 ocb, 3 Denise Pratt & Sara Stoneham 32 ocb. Best PM score, 14 holes: June Salt & Mary Adames 22 ocb.

In the Peugeot Coronation foursomes, winners were Penny Entecott and Sue Redman with 30 points.

Best scores not in qualifying competition: 1 Jane Russell & Chris Puddicombe 32 ocb, 2 Sandra Coulton & Lynda Searle 32, 3 Davina Rumsby & Cynthia Rice 30, 4 Wendy Johnson & Janet Carter 29 ocb.

It was a busy week for Bognor men with four tournaments played, but the Glover Cup had to be cancelled because of the severe weather - a great disappointment for the 100 or so entrants. It will now be played in the summer.

In the Sussex County Golf Union’s PAV Trophy first round, Bognor were at home against Sedlescombe, but after tying the morning foursomes 2-2, Bognor lost quite heavily in the afternoon singles 7-1. Bognor will now be entered into the PAV Plate.

Results: Morning Foursomes – Andy Brown & Brian Arnell won 1 up, Andrew Field & Dave Hicks lost 3&2, Sean Maskell & Nathan Parke won 2 up, Jordan Vincent & Rob Kissel lost 5&4. Afternoon Singles – Andy Brown lost 5&3, Brian Arnell lost 5&4, Dave Hicks won 5&3, Jordan Vincent lost 2&1, Andrew Field lost 1 down, Sean Maskell lost 4&3, Nathan Parke lost 5&4, Rob Kissel lost 5&4.

In the SCGU Exclusive Golf Trophy Bognor visited Chichester GC and came away with a 3-1 win in a fourball better-ball format.

Results: Mick Martin & Alistair Murray all square, Norman Lee & John Lampard won 2 up, Chris Jenkinson & Den Burgess all square, Kevin Holton and Chris Johnson won 3 up.

Bognor vets hosted Ham Manor in a tense game. Vets’ captain Roger Selway and partner Peter McCormack led the way with an emphatic win as Bognor won 5-3. Both teams look forward to the return in July.

Results: Roger Selway & Peter McCormack won 4&2, David Turner & John King lost 6&5, John Owen & David Hollis lost 1 down, Mike Oates & Derek Sheath won 4&3, Richaed Hedge & Jim Barker lost 4&3, Gary Steventon & Peter Collins won 7&6, David Burden & Clive Millet won 4&3, Frank Hodder & Dennis Burke won 1 up.

In the Cyril Blake first round Bognor won their first-round match at Holtye Golf Club, 2½-1½. Bognor now have their first home draw in four years, with The Nevill GC visiting Bognor on May 14.

AVISFORD PARK

The club’s midweek Stableford was won by Johny Hendrick with 35 points. The weekend Stableford saw Timothy Grinstead take the honours with 39 points.

An under-50s v over-50s match was held, with the over-50s winning for the first time in seven years. It finished 3-2 and the nearest the pins were won by Chris Wall on the second and Wilson Sharpe on the 13th.

ROOKWOOD

The Mary How Trust is inviting golfers to celebrate Midsummer’s Day at Rookwood Golf Club in the beautiful Sussex countryside.

You can enjoy a great day of golf, a delicious lunch and generous prizes plus Pimm’s halfway round and a fun contest to beat a golf pro on the 11th hole.

The last Mary How Trust Golf Day in 2010 raised £4,500 for the popular local charity. Golfers took part from clubs across the south east and are snapping up tickets to this year’s.

The tournament is a Stableford with teams of four and three-quarters handicap. Tickets are £40 per person, and golfers of all levels are welcome.

For further details about the Mary How Trust Midsummer Golf Day and to book your place, call the charity’s ticket line on 01798 877641 or visit www.maryhowtrust.org