Cowdray Park seniors held their third and final turkey trot of the year.
The early pace-setter with 37 points was Dave Darby and he was followed by Dave Gaff and Bill Hummerston on the same figure. However they were overtaken by former captain Dave Tilley on 40 points.
But 37 was a popular score as 28-handicapper Phillip Singer belied his rating to move third on countback.
Later, Dave Hirons took the lead on countback with a birdie on the 18th hole, showing his win in the weekly roll-up earlier in the week to be confirmation of his return to form. Eventually third place was snatched by the consistent Brian Carpenter with 38 points.
For the second time in recent weeks, Tony Castley was the only player to achieve a two, again on the par-three 11th hole.
After verification of the scores there was a tie overall between Hirons and Hummerston, with Hirons jumping up the leaderboard with his final round to draw level with Hummerston, who had recorded three consistent scores. The two prizes will be split between the pair.
Cowdray Park seniors have enjoyed a successful year in inter-club matches under Peter Burton’s captaincy. They played 26 home matches, winning 25 and losing one, where last year they remained unbeaten at home but drew two.
They began the long season at home in March with a whitewash over Ham Manor, a feat they also achieved against Liphook. Another outstanding result came with the win at home against Worthing, who are among the strongest Senior sides in Sussex. A further three matches were won by 7-1.
Away from home, naturally, was not as successful with nine wins and three halves from 27 matches. Highlight of the year on the road came when Cowdray achieved a rare win at Rowlands Castle, followed two days later with a victory at Littlehampton and the next day an excellent 6½1½ win at Worthing.
Overall Cowdray completed nine home-and-away doubles during the year. More than 70 players represented the section including many newcomers.
Some 71 players entered the Cowdray Park ladies’ Christmas mixed greensome competition on a chilly morning.
The generosity of the members raised £345 for the ladies’ captain’s charity, the Motor Neurone Disease Association (West Sussex, South).
Results: 1 Marilyn Davies & Peter Harding 40pts, 2 Anne Laver & Allan Gormley 40, 3 Terry Hughes & Phil Harrison 39, 4 Margaret Tucker & Dave Tilley 36. Nearest the pin, ninth for ladies: Glenda Luff; Third for men: Jim Audsley.
On a raw but sunny day, Cowdray Park entertained Puttenham in the Surrey & West Sussex Winter League, with both sides unbeaten at the start of the play.
The visitors got off to a flying start, winning the first match on the 18th green – a rare setback for Cowdray captain Phil Harrison, partnering Dave Balfour.
The remaining three matches were also close.
However, Cowdray managed to make home advantage count and squeezed home in all three matches to win this Titanic struggle 3-1.
This gave Cowdray ten points from their opening three matches, all at home, and they are now the only unbeaten side in the league. Puttenham continue to lead the table with 14 points but have played three matches away from home already.
Cowdray now face a tough run of five consecutive away matches, beginning at Hindhead on December 12.
Results (Cowdray names first): Phil Harrison & Dave Balfour lost to Les Henson & Barry Mackay 1 down; John Newman & Jan de Vries beat Alan Marshall & Roy Wyeth 2&1; Pat Harrison & Derek Smith beat David Taylor & Ian Calori 1 up; David Tilley & Brian Street beat Peter Bugdale & Terry Petitt 2 up.
There were 45 entrants for the midweek turkey Stableford off the whites. Alan Burrage was the winner with 40 points, while Peter Barker was second on 38 on countback from Michael Blythman.
The veterans have played two of their winter matches. At Petersfield they lost 6½-1½.
Results: Hugh Diaper and Frank Hodder won 6&4; Trevor Till & Vic Ward halved; J Owen & J Woodhead lost 5&3, D Turner & D Burke lost 8&6, J Wyatt & T Wells lost 2 down, B Appleby & P Barker lost 4&3, G Steventon & B Wolstencroft lost 1 down, R Selway & A Fitzgerald lost 5&4.
At home to Waterlooville, Bognor won 5½-2½ – the last game of a successful season for John Owen before he hands over the vets’ captaincy to Roger Selway.
He and partner Clive Millett recorded the best win of the day, 6&4, which was virtually identical to the previous year when Clive, with that year’s vets’ captain Gary Steventon, recorded the best win in the match against Waterlooville.
Other results: P Lott and D Sheath won 1 up, R Hedge & P Collins halved, D Turner & P Black lost 1 down, F Hodder & H Diaper won 2&1, P Barker & J King lost 3&2, G Steventon & M Wadley won 4&3, J Wyatt & J Woodhead won 3&2.
Bognor ladies played in a Texas scramble.
Results: 1 Liz Quinton, Sheila Hendrick, Berit Smallcorn, Janet Weeks 64.5; 2 Jan Ostrom, Davina Rumsby, Eileen Morris, Georgina McCormack 64.7; 3 Sue Crossen, Debbie Fenton, Nicki Vincent, Lynn Watson 64.8; 4 Marilyn Boyce, Sally Cameron, Jill Gill, Margaret Martin 64.9.
Before their Christmas lunch the ladies played a ten-hole team game.
Results: 1 Diana Crook, Barbara Evans, Christine Downie, Margaret Delves 55pts; 2 Denise Duquemin, Edwina Beresford, Lynn Miller, Ann Bushell 50 ocb, 3 Sally Cameron, Marilyn Boyce, Kim Mercer, Jill Gill 50.
The second part of the annual Christmas competition for the veterans’ section was played in very breezy conditions but without the snow which affected it last year.
Overall winner, with a total of 33 Stableford points, was David White, and in second place after countback was Alan Neno. Third and fourth – again after countback with 33 points – were Peter Senft and Denny Terry.
Despite the weather, an enjoyable game of golf was followed by an excellent Christmas lunch, provided by club caterer Julie Conebar.
Strong winds didn’t stop Chichester ladies playing their winter leg of the Four Seasons Trophy.
Some 35 ladies battled with the conditions and the ladies said the trick was to keep the ball down - easier said than done.
Four ladies came in with an impressive 34 points but on countback Lesley Downs was victorious. Runners-up on the same points were Rachel Greenland, Yvonne Dunckley and Caroline Hawkes.
In the senior Stableford, Christopher Machin was the division-one winner with 36 points and in division two it was Mike Gammon with 40.
The midweek medal was won by Vinny Lampitt with a nett 66. The ladies’ Stableford winner was Yvette Charman with 38 points.
The club medal winners were Mark Heron with nett 63 in division one and, in division two, Jack Bennett with 62.