West sussx golfers hope long winter will soon be behind us

C130464-1 Spt Golf Cowdcorp  phot kate''The defending champions at the start of the Cowdray Park golf club corporate challenge. From left Rick Stone, Jan de Vries, and Harvey Terry.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130464-1
C130464-1 Spt Golf Cowdcorp phot kate''The defending champions at the start of the Cowdray Park golf club corporate challenge. From left Rick Stone, Jan de Vries, and Harvey Terry.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130464-1
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With a week free from matches and competitions, Cowdray Park seniors have been endeavouring to catch up on the backlog of winter knockout matches in the singles and foursomes for the Sandell Trophy and Barham Salver respectively.

Already through to the quarter-finals of the Sandell Trophy is David Heard, due to face the winner of Frank Cheevers and John Doran, while Mike Holden will play Roger Poat for the other semi-final place.

In the other half of the draw, Brian Brockhurst, after his stunning win over Paul Owen, will face the winner of Graham Thompson or Brian Carpenter.

In the battle for the Barham Salver, Dave Hirons and Colin Tebbutt are through to the semi-finals where they will face the winner from David Laver/Harvey Terry or Frank Cheevers/Derek Smith.

And in the other half of the draw, the winner out of David Heard and Ted Ireland will face Paul Owen or Cliff Davis for the right to face the winners from Roger Poat/Mike King or Bill Hummerston/Dave Lucking, who overcame the formidable challenge of David Imlach and Alistair Proctor.

Now that brighter weather has arrived it is hoped to clear the backlog following the worst winter in memory.

* As the weather was bitterly cold for the ladies’ section’s Easter prize day, two separate competitions were played over just nine holes starting from either the first or tenth hole.

Results: Off 1st tee - 1 Wendy Street & Jenny Clegg 23pts, 2 Sue Melville & Caroline Haynes 22; Off 10th tee - 1 Judy Stillwell & Cath Yates 23; Frances Marjoram & Barbara Smith 22.

* The Cowdray Park GC Corporate Challenge got under way on Tuesday with the first of three qualifying days. See the Observer on April 11 for a report.

CHICHESTER

Chichester ladies have played the spring leg of their annual Four Seasons competition.

Scores from both Tuesday and Saturday matches were amalgamated and the winner with a very creditable 38 points was Lisa Mitchelmore.

Second place went to Kathy Donohoe with 36 and third was Terry Payne with 34.

A ‘six jokers’ fun competition was also played. The winner with 38 points was Caroline Hawkes, second with 35 was Janet Leonard and third with 34 was Val Swain.

BOGNOR

Thirty brave souls played in a ladies’ team competition at Bognor.

The winners with 74 points were Sue Crossen, Eileen Morris and Kay Walker. Carol Adams, Davina Rumsby and Dora Vaughan were second on 73 and third were Cathy Kitt, Cynthia Rice and June Smith on 68.