August was a busy month for the men’s section at Selsey Golf Club with summer knockout competitions ending.
The Ralf Salver summer singles was won by Dean Surrage, who beat James Belcher 3&2. The Grafton Shield Foursomes was won by Brian Platt and Malcolm Cawte, who defeated Ray and Barry Croxford 6&5.
In the Maurice Jewell Cup, vice-captain Craig Newman scored 38 points – enough for him to win by two points from Leigh Treanor, who had 36 points.
The monthly medal doubled up as the Max Faulkner qualifier. Division one was won Matt Hurst with a nett 71; division two by Jason O’Shea on 68. The four to go through to the Max Faulkner final on October 4 were Matt Hurst, Jason O’Shea, Malcolm Cawte and Peter Stares.
In the Daily Mail Foursomes it was a great day for veteran duo Ted Growns and Tony Terry who shot a nett 71 to win the competition by a shot from summer singles finalists Dean Surrage and James Belcher.
Cowdray Park seniors held their second big event of the year, the invitation, under clear blue skies.
The course was presented in superb condition by Jonathan Smith and his staff and drew unstinting praise from all the players.
Organiser David Tilley, in his final year in the post, had everything arranged meticulously, attracting a full field.
Scoring was very close apart from the winners – there were five pairs on 38 points and four on 39, separated only by countback.
Winners of the competition were Mick Folkes and John Howe (Avisford Park), who only came in as late replacements the night before, with a score of 43 points.
David Heard and his visitor Martin Downs (Purley Downs) recorded 39 and were forced to sweat it out before they were confirmed as runners-up.
Roy Penrose and former Cowdray member Paul Berry (West Sussex) scored 38 to claim the final prize spot ahead of the four other groups on 38.
Recent dual competition winner Dave Lucking and Stuart Callum (Langley Park) finished third, just ahead of Harvey Terry and Peter Ward (Brighton and Hove) and Ian Heustice and John Wills (Mannings Heath), fifth and fourth respectively, all three pairs scoring 39.
Last year’s winners Phil Harrison and Pat Northeast (Littlehampton) were among those on 38, along with playing partners Tony Castley and Denis Woodgate (Ferndown).
Shot of the day came from Tony Pike, whose drive finished less than six inches from the pin on the ninth hole to earn the prize, while David Balfour claimed the prize for the longest drive on the 13th.
Seniors’ captain thanked Tilley for his hard work and the helpers, without whom the event would not have run so smoothly, along with golf club officials Tim Allen and Phil Stevens for their help and co-operation.
The raffle raised more than £500 for Prostate Cancer Relief. All players went home vowing to return next year.
Cowdray Park seniors travelled to Worthing and found a brisk north-westerly wind. Having won the home match 7-1, they completed the double, winning 6½-1½
Match manager Jan de Vries teamed up with George Crouch, but they had to settle for a half after de Vries scored birdies on the two most difficult holes, 12th and 13th.
Alistair Proctor, playing this tough course for the first time, helped Rob Doney to a narrow win with a nerveless putt on the final green. Ian Heustice and David Tilley produced the day’s largest win, 5&4.
This completed a fine start to de Vries’ time as a manager, with two wins out of two against one of the strongest clubs in Sussex.
Results (Cowdray names first): Jan de Vries & George Crouch halved with Bob Dargas & Ron Turner; Brian Carpenter & Alan Robinson beat John Blake & Ian Lewis 2&1; Roger Rose & John Newman beat Robin Suter & Pat Mulkerin 4&3; Rodney Fisher & Roger Poat beat Duncan Smeaton & Peter Hewitt 1 up; Rob Doney & Alistair Proctor beat Jim Smith & Ray Close 1 up ; Colin Tebbutt & David Wickham lost to Mick Vansittart & Clive Darkes 1 dn; Mike Hughes & Bill Brownlee beat Neil Bowen & Nobby Wyatt 3&2; Ian Heustice & David Tilley beat Olly Trigg & Mike Harris 5&4.
After the excellent win at Worthing, Cowdray seniors travelled to face Bramley in good heart, but they lost to 5½-2½ to counteract Cowdray’s home win of 5-3 earlier in the year.
Two of the visitors’ strongest pairings provided the wins – Mike Holden and David Wickham (3&2) and Peter Laws and Terry Adsett (5&4) – despite conceding many shots to the home players, while Roger Rose and Graham Evans put up a bold fight to earn a half.
Results: Roger Poat & Alan Robinson lost to Terry Newman & Kurt Jager 1 dn; Sam Howes & Mike Hughes lost to Mike Whitaker & John Crawford 3&2; Mike Holden & David Wickham beat Nick Hardy & John Medhurst 3&2; Roger Rose & Graham Evans halved with Gren Boyden & Peter Thorpe; Phil Morris & George Crouch lost to Tony Lake & Peter Bonner 4&2; Ian Heustice & Chris Hoare lost to Terry Adams & Dave Morley 3&2; Bill Brownlee & Clive Brine lost to Joss Nangle & Peter Secrett 2 dn; Peter Laws & Terry Adsett beat John Page & Roger Lees 5&4.
Former Cowdray seniors’ captain Bill Hummerston achieved a lifelong ambition when he scored his first-ever hole-in-one at the tricky par-three 11th hole. He celebrated his feat with the other members in the clubhouse.
In the Cowdray Park ladies’ club championship, Debbie Cheasley played some superb golf in a 36-hole medal to win the Munro Trophy with an excellent gross score of 154.
The winner of the runners-up plate was Tessa Stockwell with a highly commendable 161. Third was Wendy Street with 180.
Tessa also won the Curwood Salver with the best overall nett score of 143 and Debbie was pipped to second place by one point. Jane Holden was third with 147.
The August medal was played for ladies who didn’t wish to play in the 36-hole club championship.
Results: 1 Chris Sommerville 75, 2 Lina Cullen 77, 3 Margaret Hoare 77.
In the Gooseberry competition, each lady invites two gentlemen to play. The best two scores on each hole. Twenty teams took part on a blustery day which a heavy shower failed to mar.
1 Fran Bune, Chris Strudwick, Sean Pay 84pts; 2 Lil Cummins, Chris Cummins, Steve White 82; 3 Sue Morris, Todd White, Laurence Dixon 81.
Forty ladies played in the High and Low Foursomes competition in windy conditions. This was a drawn shotgun competition with players of different ability playing together in a foursomes Stableford format.
Results: 1 Gill Harries and Pat Rishman 33pts (cb); 2 Margaret Martin and Suzanne Burns 33; 3 Sue Crossen and Jackie Chamberlain 32 (cb);
4 Jane Finch and Angela Allen 32; 5 Janet Weeks and Mary Hardy 31.
Some 30 ladies played in the Grannies Tot Stableford. Excellent course conditions resulted in fine scores and the winner was Kim Mercer with 44 points. ahead of Lynda Searle on 39 and Jackie Chamberlain on 37.
Fifty ladies played in the Medal & Buttons competition in which the winners of silver and bronze divisions both won a trophy.
Fine weather and excellent conditions led to fantastic scores across all divisions. The best of the day was a magnificent nett 61 by Dora Vaughan, who won the bronze-division trophy. The winner of the silver division trophy was Sian Southerton with an excellent 68.
Results: Silver: 1 Sian Southerton 68, 2 Heather Tidy 70, 3 Sue Monger 71 (cb). 4 Ann Bushell 71. Bronze A: 1 Dora Vaughan 61, 2 Kay Dady 69, 3 Jacqui Humphreys 76. Bronze B: 1 Davina Rumsby 75, 2 Kay Walker 77 (cb), 3 Cathy Kitt 77. Bronze C (36 hcp): 1 Jackie Chamberlain 73, 2 Pat Fitzgerald 78.
Alan Fitzgerald presented the Tregear Trophy to Barry Ingate, who won the three-club-and-butter competition earlier in the summer.
The winner of the Littlehampton GC junior championship was 13-year-old Jake Stoneham from Bognor GC, with a brilliant 75 (nett 67) playing off eight.
Nine-year-old Joshua McCartain from Middleton was the winner on handicap of the Watts Cup for the second year running.