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Bognor GC members have a flutter at the club's casino night
Bognor GC members have a flutter at the club's casino night

Bognor GC held a fun casino evening, with entertainment provided by various members from the men’s and ladies’ section.

Games included darts, poker, blackjack, roulette, a shove halfpenny board and dice poker – run by men’s captain Ron Stevens.

More than 100 members attended and the person with the most chips left at the end of the night was new member Ian Hendrie.

The following morning, a men’s Stableford was held and 72 men played in the first qualifier of the year in glorious sunshin.

Congratulations to Alan Cramp and Chris Lovell who both scored 40 points closely followed by Ian Stoneham with 39 and Gary Embleton with 38.

Bognor seniors played their first summer game at home to Waterlooville. The weather was excellent, with most players in T-shirts. The match was very close with Bognor running out 5-3 winners.

Results: Mike Oates & Hugh Diaper won 3&1, Alan Fitzgerald & Alastair MacDonald won 5&3, David Turner & Barry Appleby lost 3&2, Mike Wadley & Richard Hedge won 2&1, Clive Millett & Peter Collins lost 4&3, Roger Selway & Steve King won 3&2, Peter Lott & John Samain won 3&2, John King & Andy James lost 1 down.

n Bognor ladies held a medal competition.

Results: Silver - 1 Sophie James 76; 2 Lynn Miller 77 (countback); 3 Chloe Court 77. Bronze A - 1 Kay Dady 71; 2 Chris Puddicombe 72; 3 Denise Duquemin 74; 4 Jacqui Humphries 75. Bronze B - 1 Sally Cameron 77; 2 Brigitta Paul 84 (cb); 3 Carol Adams 84. Bronze C (36 handicaps) - 1 Pat Fitzgerald 79, 2 Jackie Chamberlain 80.

COWDRAY PARK

Cowdray’s seniors and ladies’ competition was won by Lil Cummins and Dave Hirons with 43 points. Second on 42 were Jane Holden and Mike Hughes, on countback from Chris Barrett and Wally Mitchell. Sally Williams and Bernie May and Margaret Curwood and David Wickham also scored42 points and lost out on countback.

Nearest the pin on the ninth for the seniors was Rob Doney; nearest pin on the 11th for the ladies was Polly Davenport and nearest pin in two for the ladies and gents were Georgie Miller and Alan Sibley.

Some 84 players enjoyed a greensomes Stableford followed by lunch.

In the Daily Mail foursomes, Cowdray Park ladies, represented by Barbara Parker and Pam Leach, won their first-round matc, beating Petersfield 3&2 despite conceding 16 shots to the opposition.

Cowdray Park seniors began their marathon 42 match inter-club season at Blackmoor, where they enjoyed a stunning victory last year.

Matches between these two clubs are normally close and this was no different, with the hosts running out 5-3 winners after some very close matches between two well-balanced sides.

The early mist had disappeared by the time the first match teed off, with the course bathed in glorious sunshine and the greens proving true and fairly fast.

Match manager John Doran and Wally Mitchell set the ball rolling for Cowdray with a hard-fought 3-1 over two stubborn opponents. Doran’s long hitting was a feature of the day, with him making mincemeat of the par fives.

On the eighth, he scored an eagle three, while his ‘piece de resistance’ was a stunning second shot into the 500-yard 12th hole, which forced his opponents to concede the hole.

Alongside him was Wally Mitchell, who backed him up with a performance which was steady and cool under pressure and provided him with two birdies.

Next pair out were Martin Brine, making his seniors’ debut, and Mike Cardiff, who combined well to win by two-up. Just as it looked as if Cowdray were going to repeat last year’s big win, the home side stepped up a gear and by halfway, they were 3-2 up.

The next two matches finished level, so it was down to the final pair to get something to give Cowdray a draw, but Frank Cheevers and John Lee were thwarted by some excellent up and down play from the home home pair.

Results (Cowdray Park names second): Graham Herbert & Martin Bell lost to John Doran & Wally Mitchell 3&1; David Elcome & John Davis lost to Martin Brine & Mike Cardiff 2 dn; Brian Sherman & Brian Chambers beat Roger Rose & Gary Strowbridge 2 up; Ross Sellers & Gordon McKay beat Roger Poat & Clive Brine 6&4; Brian Matthews & Ed Jenner beat John Newman & Barry Overington 1 up; Terry Atkinson & Dave Nichol halved with Jan de Vries & Ken Newberry; Peter Holden & Ray Stockinger halved with Sam Howes & Keith Chapman; Alan Alder & Mike England beat Frank Cheevers & John Lee 2 up.

On a dull day with a cool breeze, Cowdray Park seniors began their season of home matches with the traditional fixture against Ham Manor. This year, the home side won 4-2, a closer margin than in recent years.

Match manager Sam Howes and his partner David Darby had a very close opening game and there was never more than one hole between the pairs until the 14th hole when Darby used his shot to good advantage to win the hole and put his team two up with four to play.

Ham Manor promptly reduced the deficit to one before Cowdray’s leading pair won the 16th to put themselves two up with two to play.

The visiting pair were not prepared to accept defeat quietly and proceeded to win the final two holes to earn a half.

The second match followed a similar pattern with Roy Penrose and Ken Marjoram claiming a half. The strong pairing of Bernie May and Dave Lucking gave the home side the lead with a comfortable 4&3 win, quickly followed by another win courtesy of Philip Singer and Mike Holden, who won two up.

Ham Manor claimed their only victory before Cowdray’s final pairing of Ian Goodall and Peter Laws won 3&2, to clinch the overall victory for the home side.

Results (Cowdray Park names first): Sam Howes & David Darby halved with Bernard Jacobs & Gerry Casey; Roy Penrose & Ken Marjoram halved with Steve Mountain & Peter Spooner; Bernie May & Dave Lucking beat Steve Tellyn & Keith Wadeson 4&3; Philip Singer & Mike Holden beat John Trott & David Gailey 2 up; Adam Gramston & Clive Bone lost to Jim Miller & Colin Jones 2&1; Ian Goodall & Peter Laws beat Brian Parncutt & Peter White 3&2.

Cowdray Park ended their Surrey and West Sussex Winter League season with a convincing 4-0 home win over the visitors from Farnham.

So ended a season which had held out hopes of a second consecutive title for so long, but a defeat at Puttenham and a draw at home to Guildford scuppered their chances of a repeat success.

Cowdray ended up in joint second place with Hindhead, behind winners Hankley Common. Congratulation are due to Hankley Common on their first Winter League win - they have become the fifth different winners in the nine years of the competition, Cowdray Park having won it twice.

The match at home to Guildford provided a strange fact in that the two pairs who won at Guildford were defeated at home, while the two pairs who lost at Guildford won at home.

In the Farnham match, captain Phil Harrison and Roger Rose made the ideal start with a comfortable 3&1 win, while Dave Lucking and Peter Hallt, despite conceding numerous shots, edged home by 2&1.

The in-form pair of Harvey Terry and Jan de Vries readily overcame their opponents 4&3, while the season ended on a high with a stunning 7&6 win from John Newman and Derek Smith.

Results (Cowdray Park names first): Phil Harrison & Roger Rose beat Terry Phillips & Peter Conway 3&1; Dave Lucking & Peter Hallt beat John Collinson & Peter Miller 2&1; Harvey Terry & Jan de Vries beat John Humphries & Evan Ames 4&3; John Newman & Derek Smith beat Mike Ward & Dave Lowrey 7&6.

CHICHESTER

At last the weather has relented and Chichester veterans began their match schedule at home to a good side from Old Thorns. Despite a magnificent 7&6 victory for Dave Monkton and Andrew Grant, the visitors stormed into a 3-1 lead.

But the pairings of Harry Harper and Mike Chapman and Eric Bourne and Peter Green were made of sterner stuff, both winning by 4&2 and enabling the home side to escape with a halved match that finished 3-3.

Results: C Goldsmid & R Chandler lost 2&1; D Monkton & A Grant won 7&6; N Moore & R Stainsby lost 4&3; M Harrington & J Paul lost 2&1;

H Harper & M Chapman won 4&2; E Bourne & P Green won 4&2.

The first leg of the annual contest for the Haygarth Trophy took place at Hill Barn and the veterans came away with a resounding victory by 6½-1½.

Chichester have held the trophy since its inception ten years ago and took a giant step towards retaining it when the home game is played in July. Three of the first four matches went to the 18th green and could have gone either way - but in each case Chichester prevailed to set up a great win.

Results: C Goldsmid & H Harper won 1 up; K Jackson & R Stainsby won 4&3; D Monkton & M Harrington won 1 up; B Santer & P Collyer halved; M Chapman & B Shrives-Wrist won 5&4; D Matthey & R Parker lost 3&2; R Chandler & C Page won 4&3; E Bourne & B Martin won 3&2.

GOODWOOD

The teaching skills of Golf At Goodwood coach Ryan Fenwick have received outstanding praise and recognition from one of the world’s major golf champions.

Fenwick, who was recently appointed Sussex men’s coach and supervises the development of the Sussex county girls’ squad, has earned warm plaudits from reigning US Open champion Justin Rose, Goodwood’s global sporting ambassador.

He said: “Ryan is a passionate coach who has taken his ability to play high-level golf and coupled it with his great personality which combines to make improving your game a fun and rewarding process.”

Fenwick’s golfing pedigree goes back to his playing days on the PGA European Tour where he once broke the London Club course record set by the great Seve Ballesteros by scoring an eight-under-par 64.

He has been taught by the legendary David Leadbetter, Sir Nick Faldo’s mentor, and in his amateur days played with former PGA champion Paul Casey, top money-winner Luke Donald and Rose, the first Englishman to win the US Open title since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

Rose, who has a close association with Golf At Goodwood, added: “Ryan is always looking at ways to expand his knowledge and in turn provide the best information for his students.

“I’ve always enjoyed talking to Ryan about the game and I value his views and opinions. Ryan would be a great asset to any aspiring golfer.”

LITTLEHAMPTON

The club are celebrating their 125th anniversary this year and the seniors’ section have started their season with a match at Hindhead. The match was contested by eight pairs from each club on a four-ball better-ball format.

The match was played in good spirits with each club winning four points, so a sporting half was the result, and the club now look forward to the return match to be played at Littlehampton in May.

Results (Littlehampton GC names first): Ken Wenham & Mike Martin lost to L Chapman & John Vart; Roger Johnson & Phil Lickorish lost to Pip Jukes & Tony Sumner; John Luke & Ken Brown won against C Gunnings & D Ottewell; Rod Hamilton & Richard Dixon lost to M Carter & M Abbott; Bill Hoal & Fred Steines lost to G Cribb & J Worth; Richard Edy & Tony Falkingham won against M Green & Padimore; Mike Walton & Michael Deacon won against J Vardon & M Maher; Peter Harris & Tony Tiernan won against M Nicholls & J Driscoll.