Golf: Selsey veterans off to a flyer

The winners of Selsey GC's Texas scramble
The winners of Selsey GC's Texas scramble

The veterans’ section of Selsey GC played their first club match for 2013 at home to their counterparts from Foxbridge Golf Club. Selsey won 5-1.

The Selsey veterans have also played their first Texas scramble of the season. The winning team were Ray DeBuse, Ray Holmes and Trevor Plaistow with a team score of 54 points and in second place were Bobby Moore, Martin Sharpe and Roy Tolhurst with 53.

Third were Ted Growns, Robert Miles and David Tindale with 52.

Photographed above are the winners of the Texas scramble with veterans’ captain Graham Watson.

The Cowdray Corporate Challenge, run in association with Harwoods Motor Group, got off to a great start with many local and national blue-chip companies taking part.

The first qualifier was played on the beautiful Cowdray course in brilliant sunshine and saw three teams qualify for the final in September.

Going through were winners on the day Badger Barns (A Poole, T White, T White), runners-up Cucina Professional (T Berril, N Saxson, J Sowton) and third-placed Contract Candles (L Dormer, M Harrison, K Kyle).

Last year’s champions from HT Supplies scored a respectable 93 points, just missing out on a place in the final. However they are confident they will find a place in the final from the next qualifier and win the widely-coveted first prize of three nights at the luxury H10 Andalucía Plaza in Spain, playing some of the best local courses.

The best individual score was won by Harvey Terry from HT Supplies with a fantastic 37 points, and Jan De Vries won the spot prize for nearest the pin in two on the 18th hole.

The next qualifier is being played on Tuesday, June 11, and promises to be a great sporting occasion with hopefully some warmer weather to compliment the breath-taking panoramic views across the Cowdray estate.

There are a couple of team entries available for the next two qualifiers, the last qualifier being scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, so call the team at Cowdray on 01730 813599 to enter.

The Cowdray ladies’ April medal was played on a cold but sunny day.

Results: Div 1 - 1 Judy Stillwell 74; 2 Marilyn Davis 76, 3 Barbara Parker 76. Div 2 - 1 Margaret Hoare 72, 2 Janet Poat 75,

3 Sally Williams 78; Div 3 - 1 Chris Sommerville 74, 2 June Page 79, 3 Di Hardcastle 84.

On a bitterly cold morning, Cowdray Park seniors entertained their counterparts from Mannings Heath and achieved their best result for several years.

With the visitors fielding a very strong team, including four single-figure handicappers, Cowdray’s 6-2 victory was all the more creditable.

Match Manager Ian Heustice and playing partner Mike Pratt started the ball rolling with a hard-fought 2&1 win. This was replicated in the following match by Derek Smith and Mike Holden but, following a loss in match three, Cowdray fought back through Ken Marjoram and Ray Tucker, who defeated strong opponents to win 3&1.

Paul Owen and George Crouch recorded a remarkable 6&4 win over the visiting pair of Peter Ireland and Ray Battersby to give the home side a 4-1 lead from matches starting on the first tee.

Mannings Heath won the first match from the 17th tee to reduce the arrears, but fine wins for the home side from Roger Poat and Philip Singer and Mike Hughes and Barry Overington completed the 6-2 victory for the home side.

All players were pleased to return to the warmth of the clubhouse.

Results (Cowdray names first): Ian Heustice & Mike Pratt beat John Turner & Robin Brown 2&1; Derek Smith & Mike Holden beat Dave Cocker & Richard Pugh 2&1; John Stone & Alan Godfree lost to Owen Hydes & Mel Gunn 2&1; Ken Marjoram & Ray Tucker beat Paul Holmes & Denis Bews 3&1; Paul Owen & George Crouch beat Peter Ireland & Ray Battersby 6&4. FROM 17TH: David Tilley & Gary Strowbridge lost to Michael Hart & Bob Binning 5&4; Roger Poat & Philip Singer beat Steve Parker & Chris Goring 2 up; Mike Hughes & Barry Overington beat Paul Williams & Ken Whittington 1 up.

n Playing their second match on consecutive days, the seniors faced a cold northerly wind and snow showers when they tackled the Hayling Island veterans.

It was a far cry from the corresponding fixture last year when shorts were the order of the day.

Hayling were determined to reverse the recent defeats at the hands of the home side and sent a strong side, which narrowly achieved the objective by winning 4½-3½.

Cowdray match manager Trevor Edwards, was taken ill and his replacement David Finn partnered Tony Pike to an excellent 5&3 win in the first match.

Mike Nobes and Jan de Vries forced a half in their match before the visitors won the next two matches.

Gerry Bowles and Ken Newberry levelled matters for Cowdray with a 3&2 win. Sadly the Cowdray tail did not wag, with two of the three matches starting at the 17th going to the visitors, only Peter Laws and David Manning winning for the home side.

Two Cowdray stalwarts - Roger Poat and Gary Strowbridge - played in both matches on successive days.

Results: David Finn & Tony Pike beat Alan Mills & Keith Arnold 5&3; Jan de Vries & Mike Nobes halved with Brian le Marquer & Richard Gaskin; Roger Poat & Keith Chapman lost to Barry Jones & Doug Johnson 3&2; David Heard & Pat Harrison lost to Ian Andrews & Richard Bartlett 2&1; Gerry Bowles & Ken Newberry beat Ken Stobbart & Tony Child 3&2; FROM 17TH; Wally Mitchell & Roy Hall lost to Mike Hughes-Narborough & Trevor Trise 2&1; Peter Laws & David Manning beat Neil Fitch & Roger Standen 4&3; Clive Strudwick & Gary Strowbridge lost to Richard Gambold & Doug Aylward 2&1.

BOGNOR

Bognor men’s first ‘major’ of the year was held on a very cold and wintry Easter Saturday and the medal competition had an excellent 115 entries.

The winner was Paul Wood with a tremendous nett score of 63 - five shots ahead of Andy Brown, with Andy Frankling third on countback. Lowest gross of the day was Andy Brown’s 70.

An Easter Monday ‘eggstravangza’ at Bognor saw 48 members brave the icy cold wind to play American Foursomes. Winners (photographed) were Hayley MacKay and Ron Stevens on 40 points, followed on countback by Roy and Heather Tidy, with third place going to Chris and Wendy on 39.

The junior section contested the Mullenger Memorial Trophy on Easter Monday.

The winner was George Bingham (photographed) with a nett 68. Second after a play-off was Ryan Breach and third was Ryan Maskell with 72. George also won the 2012 Mullenger Trophy.

April is a busy month for Bognor GC with the 36-hole Spring Tankard, closely followed by the Glover Cup.

Following its introduction last year the hugely successful Hollymead Cup will also be contested this year, sponsored by Hollymead Resendential Home, which is situated very close to the club.

The seniors’ section’s 2013 season starts shortly with games against Littlehampton and Royal Winchester.

On a bright but cold day and on a fully-open course at last, 64 ladies played in a fourball better-ball Stableford.

The course played long and hard, and the final results were close.

Despite the challenging conditions, three pairs managed to score a two on their cards.

Results: 1 Denise Duquemin & Angela Allen 37pts ocb, 2 Wendy Johnson & Sheila Sargeant 37, 3 Wendy Pettie & Lyn Harbutt 36 ocb, 4 June Salt & Sue Crossen 36, 5 Gill Harries & Penny Entecott 35 ocb, 6 Janet Carter & Denise Pratt 35.

AVISFORD PARK

The ladies’ Easter nine-hole competition was won by Sue Roffey with 16 points. The midweek Stableford was won by John Carter with 37.

A Good Friday Texas scramble was won by Lloyd Walker, Grant Walker and Daniel McGuinness with a nett 54. Chris May, Peter Collins and Kevin Brown were second with a nett 55.

The annual match between the Avisford Park and The Gin & Trouts was won by the Trouts 4½-3½ - putting the Trouts 5-3 up over the years of the contest.

Easter Sunday brought the STM Foursomes and the winning team with 41 points were Brett Marchant and Craig Marchan. Second were Mark Stafford and Simon Small with 39. Nearest the pins were won by Richard Stillwell on the 13th and Peter Collins on the 18th.

Easter Monday’s Stableford roll-up was taken by Chris May with 41 points. The senior medal competition saw Peter Smith win in division one with a nett 71 and Brian Morgan in division two with 69.

The midweek medal roll-up was won by Peter Smith with a nett 71.