Roll up for a game of golf - and Christmas dinner

Ian Simpson, Roger Leverton and Cliff Willis at Bognor Golf Club
Ian Simpson, Roger Leverton and Cliff Willis at Bognor Golf Club

Bognor’s Golf Club’s Sainsbury’s roll-up group had their traditional Christmas dinner, with some exceedingly poor karoke singing to follow.

Rob Redmond won the day’s competition with an excellent 38 points on a cold and frosty morning.

Winner of the 2016 Sainsbury’s aggregate roll-up competition was Roger Leverton for the fourth year in a row. Second was Peter Selby and third Mike Watts.

Thanks went to Ian Simpson for organising the day and for running the group three times a week throughout the year.

Also praised was Cliff Willis for administering the Sainsbury’s yearly roll-up aggregate competition. One member Dave Chalmers obviously thought it was a fancy dress and was seen wearing his $100 bill suit, recently bought on a trip to Las Vegas.

Bognor’s ladies played a Turkey Medal, the first of their pre-Christmas games, and it proved a difficult challenge because of the blustery conditions. Many ladies turned out to do battle with the course and the weather.

Thanks went to Ian Simpson for organising the day and for running the group three times a week throughout the year.

Results: Silver division - 1 Nicola Holton; Bronze A division - 1 Berit Smallcorn, 2 Chris Puddicombe; Bronze B division - 1 Rita West, 2 Val Robertson; Bronze C division - 1 Jane Finch.

COWDRAY PARK

A heavy overnight frost greeted Cowdray Park seniors when they took to the course for their December Stableford, the first one of their new season.

With much of the course frost-bound and the greens frozen solid, the bounce of the ball was in the lap of the Gods.

As if to prove how difficult conditions were, only four twos were recorded, and the CSS increased to 71.

The first man out, Gary Strowbridge, defied the conditions and produced a superb round of 38 points to win division two.

One point behind came Phillip Singer and Mel Milburn, both making a fine start with 37, and receiving 13 points in the Carter Trophy, of which Milburn is holder.

Ralph Fanshawe had his best round of the year with 36 points. Division one was more clear-cut, with Terry Adsett three points clear on 38 from nearest pursuer, new member William Hunter, on 35.

Since joining Cowdray Park recently, Hunter has appeared on a number of leaderboards and could be a man to watch in 2017.

Mark Kelly and Ian Heustice shared third place with 33 points apiece.

Leading scores - Div 1 - 38 Terry Adsett; 35 Wlliam Hunter; 33 Mark Kelly, Ian Heustice; 32 John Hall, Phil Harrison, Bill Birnie, Roger Poat. Div 2 - 38 Gary Strowbridge; 37 Phillip Singer, Mel Milburn; 36 Raplh Fanshawe; 35 John Lee, Bruce Spooner. Twos - Peter Laws & Terry Adsett (9th) and Rob Doney & John Lee (11th).

More than 30 ladies ventured out on a cold, frosty but sunny day to play in a turkey trot. Pat Wallace achieved an amazing hole-in-one on the 11th hole, with the ball hitting the pin then dropping in. Pat treated all the ladies to a drink to celebrate.

Results - Div 1 - 1 Lina Cullen 35pts; 2 Tessa Stockwell 35; 3 Sue Brown 33. Div 2 - 1 Pat Wallace 30pts; 2 Catherine Staples 30; 3 Rosie Jarratt 29. Div 3 - 1 Marnie Evans 33pts; 2 Georgie Miller 32; 3 Julia Kelly 29.

GOODWOOD

Marco Penge is among nine players selected for the England men’s squad for 2016-17.

The 18-year-old Sussex ace, who plays out of Golf at Goodwood, has some top-level company in the squad.

Penge was fifth on the English men’s Order of Merit, having tied for the French amateur among other high finishes.

He captained the GB&I boys’ team in the Jacques Leglise match against Continental Europe.

Full squad: Dan Brown of Yorkshire, Scott Gregory of Hampshire, Harry Hall of Cornwall, Josh Hilleard of Somerset, Bradley Moore of Derbyshire, Marco Penge of Sussex, Alfie Plant of Kent, Sean Towndrow of Lancashire and James Walker of Yorkshire.

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