Nine-year-old golfer is a hit in the USA and the UK

Lille-Beau Thorpe, far right, with fellow young players at the UK Kids event
Lille-Beau Thorpe, far right, with fellow young players at the UK Kids event
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Young star Lille-Beau has had a busy summer of golf.

She’s now ranked eighth in the world for her age group (nine) and had a brilliant time playing in tournaments in the USA.

She played among ten-year-olds in the San Diego Masters and came eighth.

In a Callaway event, also for ten-year-olds and in San Diego, She shot an opening round of 54, two under par, which is the fourth-best score in the 20-year history of the tournament, and finished 29th out of 65 – finding it quite demanding playing 54 holes.

In the Taylormade Masters in Las Vegas, Lille-Beau came sixth, again in an older age group.

The world championships in Pinehurst saw her finish eighth, ending with a level-par round.

Back in the UK Lille-Beau came second in a Wee Wonders tournament at St Andrews. A week later she won the nine-year-old girls’ category at UK Kids Golf in Northampton.

Lille-Beau has numerous competitions lined up for the autumn and is already planning next year’s return to the USA.

COWDRAY PARK

Cowdray Park ladies’ autumn meeting began with an 18-hole Stableford and Tuesday with a Triple Six. Although the first day was damp and rainy, the second day turned into a beautiful day.

Wendy Street was star turn on the first day with a marvellous 41 points. On the second day, two members who have recently joined Cowdray both got prizes – Lena Cullen and Jo Fife were both part of winning teams.

Organisers Barbara Smith, Margaret Hoare and Angela Pike received praise for a superb event.

Results: Monday Stableford, Div 1 – 1 Wendy Street 41pts; 2 Ann Tyrrell 36, 3 Debbie Cheasley 35; Div 2 – 1 Sue Morris 38, 2 Gaynor Dudman 38, 3 Lina Cullen 36. Div 3 – 1 Sue Powell 34, 2 Chris Sommerville 32, 3 Marnie Evans 29. Front nine, Div 1 – Marilyn Davis 17, Div 2 – Margaret Hoare 17, Div 3 – Jenny Benson 17. Back nine, Div 1 – Pam Leach 19, Div 2 – Myrna Heustice 16, Div 3 – Helen Chapman 16. Tuesday – Triple Six, from 1st tee – 1 Sally Williams and Marnie Evans 35, 2 Tessa Stockwell & Solveig Burton 35; From 10th tee – 1 Jo Fife & Judith Brownlee 36, 2 Judy Stillwell & Lina Cullen 36. Nearest the pin, 9th hole – Frances Marjoram, 11th – Mandy Lucking.

With two qualifying competitions in August, Cowdray seniors’ Eclectic table showed wholesale changes to the leaderboard. Stableford winner Peter McIlwraith moved up from 92nd to 35th, while Jim Booth followed him up from 81 to 51.

Bill Hummerston bettered his gross score by five shots during the month to move up 23 places to 11th.

It was all change at the top with Peter Laws, for the second month running, improving his gross score by three to overtake long-time leader Paul Owen and establish a 1.5-shot lead.

Dave Hirons has moved menacingly up to third spot, half a shot back, and multiple winner Dave Lucking is fourth on countback.

Cowdray seniors arrived at The Dyke, overlooking the English Channel, full of optimism, following the home match in June which resulted in an 8-0 victory.

However, the result proved as dismal as the weather, with the home side gaining revenge with a 6½-1½ win.

Match manager Derek Smith and Peter Burton always looked in control and finished with a 4&3 win. Sadly that was Cowdray’s only victory, but a fighting half from Ken Marjoram and Mike Holden helped relieve the gloom a little, with another plus coming from Peter Hallt’s prize for a nearest-the-pin shot.

Results (Cowdray Park names first): Derek Smith & Peter Burton beat Ertl Williams & Graham Willis 4&3; Jan de Vries & Keith Chapman lost to Barry Moseley & Barrie Thomas 3&2; Ian Heustice & Roy Penrose lost to Freddie Spires & Nick Bodkin 2&1; Ken Marjoram & Mike Holden halved with Ray Dennett & David Noble; Frank Cheevers & George Crouch lost to Gerry Greensmith & Cliff Stuart 6&4; Brian Brockhurst & Phill Morris lost to Martin Miles & Graham Jenkins 4&3; Peter Hallt & Philip Singer lost to Tom O’Donovan & Jim Boucher 3&1; Roger Poat & Maurice Watts lost to Tom Bishop & Peter Morgan 1dn.

The match between Cowdray seniors and Rowlands Castle was more to do with quality not quantity as it was reduced to six pairs per side. Every match was closely contested, but the final result going in favour of Cowdray Park by 5½-½.

Cowdray match manager Chris Hoare and partner Brian Carpenter sank two outrageously-long putts to stay in contention before pulling away to win by 2&1. Graham Evans and Ian Goodall were never in front until the 18th hole, where it counted.

The final match, featuring Roger Poat and David Wickham, was notable for the performance of Rowlands Castle’s 86-year-old Brian Porter, partnering John Enticknap, as they took the home pair all the way to the 18th before the hosts claimed the win.

The return match takes place at Rowlands Castle on Monday, October 6.

Results: Chris Hoare & Brian Carpenter beat David Coleman & Andy Barnett 2&1; Pat Harrison & Wally Mitchell halved with Graham Kirk & Roy Marshall; Graham Evans & Ian Goodall beat Bill Nicholls & Don Wilkinson 1up; Richard Histed & George Crouch beat Alan Jones & Graham Allan 2up; Mike King & Philip Singer beat Steve Lapage & Alan Keates 2up; Roger Poat & David Wickham beat Brian Porter & John Enticknap 1up.

BOGNOR

Bognor men played in the Philip Salver foursomes and in a tight contest the first three places were separated by just half a point. Winners were Alastair Murray and Trevor Ridges with 86 gross, 70 nett. Second on countback were Rob Redmond and Andy Wiggins (83/70), third Paul Archer and Roger Leverton (82/70.5).

Bognor seniors hosted local rivals Selsey on a glorious day and won 6½-1½.

Results: Barry Ingate & Gary Steventon won 2 up, Roger Horton & Steve King halved, Alan Fitzgerald & Alastair MacDonald lost 4&3, Ken Catt & Brian Madgwick won 2&1, Frank Hodder & Mike Wilson won 2up, Peter Collins & John King won 2&1, Allan Delves & Chris Hickling won 6&5, Hugh Diaper & Vic Ward won 1up.

A total of 58 ladies competed in the autumn meeting medal at Bognor – a prestigious 18-hole competition from which the winner across all divisions lifts the Milbourne Cup. Chris Puddicombe was the victor with an excellent nett score of 68.

Results – Silver: 1 Sheila Sargeant 69; 2 Penny Entecott 71; 3 Janet Carter 72 (cb); 4 Denise Pratt 72 (cb). Bronze A: 1 Chris Puddicombe 68; 2 Louise Colvin 69; 3 Sheila Hendrick 75. Bronze B: 1 Pat Rishman 75; 2 Eileen Morris 77. Bronze C (36 hcp): 1 Jackie Chamberlain 74; 2 Anne Coupe 82. Front nine prizes: Silver: Gill Twyford 37; Bronze A: Jacqui Humphries 37; Bronze B: Kim Mercer 40; Bronze C June Smith 41. Back nine prizes: Silver: Chris Tuke 33; Bronze A: Jane Russell 34; Bronze B: Brigitte Paul 37; Bronze C: Pauline Littlejohns 38.

The autumn meeting is one of the highlights of the playing calendar year. It is a two-part competition played over consecutive weeks.

Ladies have competed in the individual 18-hole Milbourne Cup medal and were this week honing their skills to play in the four-ball better-ball competition.

CHICHESTER

It was a case of bring on the rookies for Chichester veterans at Lindfield as other events left key players unavailable.

Match captain Bev Shrives-Wrist found three recruits who were a great success. Ken Dowinton, Nigel Wood and new member David Wren stepped into the breach and each helped to win their matches to enable the team to record their best-ever result at this venue – a 6½-1½ victory.

Results: B Shrives-Wrist & K Dowinton won 5&3; M Hunter & A Payne won 4&3; P Compton & N Wood won 2 up; B Santer & D Wren won 4&3; P Green & J Paul halved; D Galloway & J Fox won 4&3; C Penny & P Johnston won 4&3; G Probert & R Chandler lost 2&1.

At Slinfold, the very last match saw two strokes of amazing fortune for the Slinfold players on the last two holes. The first was a thinned chip from 25 yards which careered across the green at a great rate but hit the flag and stopped dead for an easy putt to win the hole and the second was a similar shot which flew across the green and was about to descend a steep grassy bank when it hit the bag of a Chichester player to rest on the fringe.

The resulting two putt enabled a half which won the match 2&1 and enabled Slinfold to win 4½-3½. That’s what they call the rub of the green...

Results: C Goldsmid & J Paul lost 2 down; G Probert & E Root won 6&4; M Hunter & C Penny won 1 up; D Monkton & P Johnson halved; B Santer & D Galloway won 3&1; P Green & D Matthey lost 3&2; J Robertson & M Arthur lost 5&3; N Moore & B Shrives-Wrist lost 2&1.

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There was a good turnout of 63 for the Claret Jug Stableford. A close contest ensued with several players beating their handicap and just three points covering the top ten.

Mike Arthur had played brilliantly to reach the 18th tee with 39 points but disaster struck and he walked off the final green with his score not having changed.

Already in the clubhouse, Dieter Matthey had done even better with a score of 40 that enabled him to triumph and win the coveted trophy by just a point. Third place went to Roy Harding.

Result: Winner Dieter Matthey 40pts; 2 Mike Arthur 39; 3 Roy Harding 38; 4 Martin Hopkin 37; 5 Chris Page 37. Nearest the pins – 4th hole, David Blythe; 6th, Alistair Johnstone; 13th, Alan Hance; 15th, Ed Root.

SELSEY

The ladies played a 14-hole Stableford, enabling those who usually play only nine holes to join in the rest of the club. Sue Bywater was the winner with 31 points, Eddie Williamson runner-up with 29.

The annual past captains and secretaries’ day was won by Barbara Winter with a brilliant score of 44 points. She received a bouquet of flowers.

An irons-only Stableford was played on the cusp of ex-Hurricane Bertha, with gusts in excess of 30mph making play very difficult. But Sue Bligh managed 28 points to win it and Barbara Winter scored 24 to come second.

The Texas Scramble proved good fun and was narrowly won by Beverly Guest, Eddie Williamson and Hilary Kennedy-Cooke with 58.9 points. Sue Bywater, Barbara Ewens and Rita Green were second with 59.2 points.

The annual lifeboat medal saw donation made to local lifeboat funds and was won by Sue Bligh with 34 points, ahead of Judy Sharpe on 27.

Eight Selsey ladies played Littlehampton ladies. On a lovely day, Selsey won 3½-½.

The annual putting and bowling competition was held indoors on a rainy day that prevented outdoor action.

The first round of the King Farlow two-part competition was won by Sylvia Carter – runner-up Judy Sharpe.

Selsey ladies’ invitation day competition was won by Beverly Guest and her guest Jean Davies. Runners-up were Barbara Ewens and guest Di Crook.

AVISFORD PARK

August was a busy month for Avisford Park seniors.

They began the month away to Foxbridge and triumphed 4-2.

Back at home, there was another win – this time 3½-2½ against Slinfold.

The team were on the road again for a close-fought match at Rookwood GC in Horsham, where they lost 3½-2½.

Of those who played in all three, both Colin Payne and Bob Boulte won two and drew one match – while Chris Machin won all three of his matches.