There’s action from Bognor, Chichester, Selsey, Cowdray Park and Goodwood in our latest golf round-up.
Forty-four Bognor golfers took part in the RNLI medal competition –and fittingly, conditions were stormy.
Given the winds, the quality of the golf was excellent with a good number of sub-par rounds. Overall winner was Liam Maskell with a score of 72 gross, 67 nett. Second was Henry Leo with 73 (68).
Division-two winner was Paul Brennan with 84 (69). Division-three winner was Andy Dunn with 85 (69).
Seventy-two Bognor seniors played in the Seniors’ Captain Prize. Conditions were good, as was the course, and there were some notable scores.
Following the shotgun event all players were treated to an excellent barbecue on the patio. There were many prizes for closest-the-pins, longest drive as well as divisional prizes for the top three players.
With an excellent 42 points, Mike Oates was the overall winner and he also claimed a closest-the-pin shot on the ninth and longest drive on the 18th.
The 2014 seniors’ captain Alan Fitzgerald presented all the prizes and was thanked for all his efforts on producing a grand day.
Prizes: Closest to pins Cliff Willis, Gary Steventon, Richard Kaemena, Steve King, Peter Selby, Mike Oates; Div 2 winner – Allan Delves; Div 1 winner – David Turner; Overall second place – Richard Kaemena; Overall winner – Mike Oates.
Bognor’s seniors played two fixtures, with mixed results.
At home to Hayling the game finished 4-4. In an amazing match, Hayling’s first four pairs won their games and the last four games all went to Bognor. The return is on September 24.
Results: Barry Vanstone & John King lost 1 down, Paul Black & Peter Collins lost 6&4, Rob Redmond & Clive Millett lost 4&3, Vic Ward & Peter Lott lost 2&1, Derek Whiting & Dave Chalmers won 2&1, David Turner & Brian Madgwick won 3&2, Richard Hedge & Frank Hodder won 3&2, Mike Oates & Mike Wadley won 2 up
Bognor made the short journey to Chichester and received a right pasting, losing 7-1. Credit must be given to the Chichester players who won most pairs impressively.
Results: Mike Oates & Tony Wells halved , Paul Black & Frank Hodder lost 2 down, David Turner & Alan Fitzgerald lost 4&3, John Woodhead & Clive Millett lost 4&3, Derek Whiting & Roger Selway lost 3&2, Jim Catt & Brian Madgwick halved, Peter Collins & Ken Catt lost 6&4, Hugh Diaper & Allan Delves lost 5&4.
The monthly medal featured four of Chichester ladies’ newest players. They found the Cathedral course a strong test of their game but they came in smiling.
The eventual winner on countback was Jessica Miller with a score of nett 75. Second was Caroline Hawkes and third with nett 79 was Dot Collyer.
The following week saw the two-day ladies’ senior championship. The first medal round was played on the Cathedral course and the second on the Tower course.
After two hot days, the winner was Val Edwards with a gross score of 189; second was Yvonne Dunckley with a gross 190.
Aggregate of the two best nett scores showed the winner to be Val Swain with 153 ahead of Sandi Johnstone with 152.
For those not playing in the two-day championship a Stableford was held. The winner with 36 points was Lisa Jackson, second with 35 was Jennifer Sherwood and third on countback was Pam Hart with 30.
A Stableford competition was won by Rachel Greenland on 38 points, with Mary-Lou Litton second on countback with 36 and third Kathy Donohoe.
The combined results from both Tuesday and Saturday players in the www.dot competition resulted in a win on countback by Pauline Beale.
The third round of the Four Seasons competition brought exceptional scores in the wonderful weather conditions. The winner with 41 points was Lisa Mitchelmore, ahead of Yvonne Leaver (40) and Kathy Donohoe (39). All three ladies had a cut in their handicaps.
A Saturday Stableford was won with a massive 43 points by one of the newest members, Fiona Walsh, who was given a four-shot cut in her handicap.
The annual Chichester ladies’ away day saw more than 20 travel to Slinfold Park Golf & Country Club. The competition is organised by the winner of the previous year’s. An individual Stableford was played to find a winner. Prizes were also awarded to the ladies with the best back nine, best front nine, nearest the pin and the straightest drive.
Slinford Park generously donated the latter two prizes, which were rounds of golf for four players.
The eventual winner was Sue Winterbotham who won a prize of high tea for two at Wellies restaurant at Oldwick Farm, West Lavant. Sue will organise the away day competition for next year.
All remaining money was donated to the lady captain’s charities – they are PACSO (Parents and Carers’ Support Organisation), which supports 150 families in the Chichester and Arun districts providing a variety of fun and inclusive play activities for disabled children and their siblings, and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Selsey veterans had their presentation day after nine holes of golf on what started as a dull day but got brighter as it went on.
The course was in very good condition thanks to the hard work of the two greenkeepers.
There were two major presentations, the Arthur Powis Cup and the Eddie Magee Trophy.
The Arthur Powis Cup was won by Peter Senft, presented by Eddie Williamson and the vice-captain Dave Winter.
The Eddie Magee Trophy was won by Doug Tupper and presented by Sylvia Magee and vice-captain Winter.
Cowdray Park seniors travelled to Littlehampton to face the home side on their famous old links course. The course itself was in fairly good condition, but still bearing the hallmarks of the damage created by the winter storms.
This was a rare occasion when all 32 players from the sides’ first match at Cowdray rejoined the battle in the return match.
Cowdray’s opening pair of Rob Doney and Nick Austin looked to have the match at their mercy as they approached the 18th green, where home captain John Brindley used his shot allowance to good effect, by holing a 5ft putt to halve the match.
The home side went on to win 5-3, and, apart from one match, the remainder were halved or decided by narrow margins.
Results (Cowdray Park names second): John Brindley & Nigel Smith halved with Rob Doney & Nick Austin; John Luke & Roly Steele beat Peter Hallt & Wally Mitchell 2up; Howard Chipperfield & Roger Johnson lost to Peter Laws & Mick Folkes 1dn; Ian Gough & Denis Osborne halved with John Durrell & Alan Robinson; Alan Greenfield & John Whatmore beat Graham Evans & David Wickham 2up; Ken Wenham & John Edwards beat John Smith & Richard Histed 5&4; Tony Falkingham & Tony Tierman beat Ian Goodall & Roy Penrose 1up; Phil Lickorish & John Ludlow lost to Terry Adsett & Alan Godfree 2&1.
The final round of the Cowdray Park Veterans’ Cup, for the over-60s, was delayed for an hour by a thunderstorm.
The 24 qualifiers from the first round teed off in reverse scoring order, with first-round leaders Dave Gaff, Chris Hoare and Dave Lucking teeing off last.
The bad weather and use of the white tees led to modest scoring levels, with no player reaching the par score of 36 points. Winner on the day was Mick Folkes who returned 35 points, his first success of the year.
Newly-crowned club champion Lucking carded an excellent 34 points to add to his first-round score of 38. His total of 72 proved the winning overall score, completing his quickfire double of club competition wins.
First-round leader Gaff scored 29 in the second round, which, added to his first round score of 40 gave him second place with 69 points. Leading final-round scores: Mick Folkes 35; Dave Lucking 34; John Newman & David Tilley 33; Graham Thompson, Bill Birnie, David Wickham and David Laver 32.
Cowdray Park ladies played in the Roberts Cup, which is a foursomes Stableford with high and low handicappers paired up.
Wendy Street and Georgie Miller came in with a winning score of 36 points. Sally Williams and Glenda Luff were second with 34 and Marilyn Davis and Sue Powell third with 32.
Cowdray Park seniors had the kitchen sink thrown at them by the weather when they played their monthly Stableford.
They started in brilliant sunshine, but this was later replaced by heavy squally showers followed by thunder and lightning and more heavy rain. About a third of the field were able to complete their rounds before the mayhem ensued, while many others curtailed their round for safety reasons.
Of those who remained out on the course during the worst of the weather, Peter McIlwraith, a last-minute entry, was the most successful, returning a superb score of 43 points to earn a two-shot handicap reduction to 26.
In division one Mick Colban came in with 42 points, aided by an incredible two on the par-four sixth for five points, while on the same score, in division two, was Graham Evans, whose improvement came from excellent putting.
Evans made a quick return to division one along with Peter Burton, who scored 39 points.
A new name in the top ten of division two was Joe Berzak, with 37 points, by far his best score since joining the seniors last year.
The recent wet weather seems to have taken the sting out of the course, leading to this month’s better scoring.
Prostate Cancer Relief benefited by £203 from the raffle and a donation.
Leading scores: Div 1 - Mick Colban 42pts; Phil Pett 40 (cb), Frank Cheevers, Roger Poat 40, Cliff Davis, David Tilley 38. Div 2: Peter McIlwraith 43 (overall winner), Graham Evans 42; Peter Burton 39; Bernie May, Rob Knight 38 (cb). Twos: Div 1 – Mick Colban; Frank Cheevers; Dave Hirons (again); Div 2: Robin West; John Durrell; Jeremy Williams; Keith Chapman; George Crouch; Graham Evans.
Marco Penge has been selected to play in the Jacques Leglise Trophy, an annual international played between two selected teams of nine amateur boys representing Great Britain & Ireland and Europe.
The 16-year-old, who has close ties with Golf at Goodwood, received a call from Peter McEvoy, one of the most accomplished amateur golfers of all time, to confirm his place in the team for the match at Barseback Golf Club, Sweden, on August 29 and 30.
This was timely news for Penge as he recently had to pull out of the British boys’ championship with a nagging back muscle strain. Since then he has had intensive physiotherapy and rest and this week he returns to training and will also no doubt be aiming to break into the top 100 men’s European rankings, currently standing 108th.
This is Penge’s second consecutive appearance in the squad – last year they claimed a convincing 15-9 victory over Europe at Royal St David’s Golf Club, Harlech, to post their 22nd victory in a contest that was inaugurated in 1984.