Olympic gold medalist joins Goodwood’s golfing team

Sarah Ayton, Goodwood's new golfing champion for women and children, with Ryan Fenwick
Sarah Ayton, Goodwood's new golfing champion for women and children, with Ryan Fenwick

Olympic sailing gold medallist Sarah Ayton is the inspired choice to head an exciting new campaign at Golf At Goodwood to bring more women and children into golf.

What makes this venture so intriguing is that the accomplished yachtswoman, who won gold in 2004 and 2008 and was awarded the OBE for her achievements, is herself a relative newcomer to the sport.

It means her progress and that of other enthusiasts will be a shared experience - bringing an entirely new concept to the learning process by helping each other under the watchful eye and guidance of Goodwood professional and Sussex coach Ryan Fenwick.

Ayton’s success and experience at the highest level in sport will also give newcomers an insight into the mindset of a champion and she said:” To succeed at any sport you must be single-minded.”

She has been invited to lead the Goodwood Golf Academy Get Women into Golf programme because of her high sporting profile as well as the enthusiasm she brings to the sport.

Her activities in the new role will include visits to schools, giving speeches to businesswomen and youngsters on the benefits of golf as well as providing a series of motivational sessions.

She says “I want to be able to communicate my love of golf and sport in general to encourage others to discover the enjoyment and satisfaction it offers.”

Goodwood’s Olympic association began earlier this year when strength and conditioning coach Steve Gent joined the growing team at Golf At Goodwood. Gent has worked with multi-Olympic-medal winning athletes including four times Olympic Champion Sir Ben Ainslie and is now directing his highly-successful fitness and conditioning regime from the academy at historic Goodwood.

BOGNOR

Congratulations to Ron Stevens, Paul Archer, Gee Fenwick and John Harnett for winning the Bognor men’s fourball team event with 118 points on countback from Pete Lea, Alan Simmonds, Alan Entecott and Gordon Catt. Third with 115 were father and son Rob and Lee Redmond, Jake Vines and Frank Gibbs.

Bognor ladies held a Texas scramble.

Results: 1 Chloe Court, Marge Fenwick, Gill Twyford & Wendy Johnson 64.2 nett; 2 Lyn Miller, Sheila Sargeant, Denise Pratt & Ann Bushell 68.8,

3 Jane Russell, Debbie Fenton, Sara Stoneham & Penny Entecott 70.

CHICHESTER

As autumn approaches, Chichester’s ladies enter into their fun golf season and they played a Bangers and Rockets team Stableford.

The winning team, which included the lady captain, were the rockets with 366 points. The Bangers managed only 344 points.

The Saturday qualifying Stableford saw Caroline Hawkes playing well in damp conditions and winning with 34 points. In second place was Kathy Donohoe with 32 and third was Lisa Mitchelmore with 31.

COWDRAY PARK

Cowdray Park ladies’ section played a three-ball better-ball competition were Tessa Stockwell, Solveig Burton and Stephanie Bevis with 70 points. Runners-up were Jane Holden, Marilyn Davis and Sally Williams with 68.

Results: Texas Scramble - 1 Jane Holden, Joyce Fanshawe, Caroline Haynes & June Page 44pts; 2 Angela Pike, Pat Wallace, Imke Sanderson & Jenny Nicholls 42; 3 Sue Brown, Frances Marjoram, Sandra Barber & Jean Barnett 41.

A Stableford attracted a field of 36 ladies.

Results: Div 1 -1 Stephanie Bevis 34pts; 2 Pamela Leach 31; 3 Judy Stillwell 31; Div 2: 1 Moira Siddons 37; 2 Jenny Clegg 35; 3 Margaret Curwood 31. Div 3: 1 Mary Morling 27; 2 Sandra Barber 25; 3 Maureen Bailey 25.

Sixty-eight bridge players attended a charity afternoon in aid of lady captain Ann Tyrrell’s charity, Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

They enjoyed an afternoon of competition and cream tea and raised £630 for the charity.

The winner of the best score prize was Gerda Bradshaw and the prize for the score nearest to the secret number was won by Joyce Fanshawe. Phill Morris and Bill Leath won the prize for the first slam bid. The raffle was run by Margaret Curwood and the afternoon organised by Mary Morling, both members of the ladies’ section of the golf club.

Cowdray Park set about defending their Surrey & West Sussex Winter League title with a home fixture against Bramley, who are a notoriously difficult side to beat.

Cowdray, however, got the season off to a winning start with a 3-1 triumph. The team were bolstered by the availability of club captain Roger Rose, making his debut alongside match captain David Balfour, but they were beaten 2&1.

Mike Purdie and Brian Carpenter levelled the match, winning their tie by 4&3, thanks in no small way to a fine putting display from Mike Purdie. Peter Hallt and Dave Gaff gave Cowdray the lead with a decisive 6&5 win and the home side’s day was complete when Mark Upton and in-form senior Graham Thompson edged home one up.

The state of the course, and the greens in particular, earned lavish praise from the visitors.

Results (Cowdray Park names first): David Balfour & Roger Rose lost to P.Tanner & T.Lake 2&1; Mike Purdie & Brian Carpenter beat Dick Humphrey & M.Burnham 4&3; Peter Hallt & Dave Gaff beat T.Parker & B.Zannetti 6&5; Mark Upton & Graham Thompson beat J.Drinkhill & G.Kenman 1 up.

As if playing 18 holes was not difficult enough, Cowdray Park seniors also had to face a strong icy wind in their quest for the Elliott Cup.

Ingenuity in selection of clubs was essential to score well and one man who found the key to success was long-time member Ken Marjoram, who won his third competition of the season, with 35 points on countback.

Second was Terry Adsett, also with 35 points, losing out on countback. Third place went to Phil Pett with 34, his challenge thwarted by a poor drive on the 18th hole. But he can console himself with his two Stableford wins this year.

Sharing the pot for twos were Dave Hirons, David Tilley and Rob Doney (third hole) and Brian Brockhurst and Pat Harrison (11th hole).

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Cowdray Park seniors’ Carter Trophy is competed for over 12 months and is based on the finishing positions in the monthly Stablefords, with points being awarded for top-ten finishes.

Consistency throughout the year is of paramount importance and this year all the top four finishers had five top-ten Stableford places, as did Rodney Fisher in seventh.

Coming into the November Stableford, only six players were left in with a chance: Dave Lucking, Mick Colban, Phil Harrison, Graham Thompson, Brian Carpenter and Ian Ward.

Lucking was first, needing only a few points to secure the title, but he failed to gain a top-ten finish - and roaring through with a tie for first place in the last Stableford came the eventual winner, in-form Graham Thompson, to claim the title.

Terry Adsett made a spirited challenge from a limited number of events, while Ward had three very strong Stablefords in the final four months to earn 38 points.

Top five scores: 1 Graham Thompson 55.5; 2 Dave Lucking 52; 3 Mick Colban 43.5; 4 Phil Harrison 43; 5 Brian Carpenter 39.