Yasmin’s certainly got the Hang of golf

Yasmin Hang shows off her silverware
Yasmin Hang shows off her silverware

Golf at Goodwood’s Yasmin Hang has become one of the youngest players to win the under-18 Sussex girls’ order of merit at just 12 years old.

She beat Worthing’s Megan Edwards by just one point.

The remarkable feat was the culmination of an outstanding season for the youngster, who had claimed the coveted title of Sussex junior girls’ nett champion earlier in the year.

Yasmin, who plays off a handicap of 19, has now been selected to play in the Sussex girls’ team in the Alresford Cup this Sunday – a prestigious competition in which nine counties from across the south compete.

Elsewhere, she also played a key role in theGoodwood ladies’ team that won the Sussex county inter-club championship division three.

She rounded off an exceptional season winning the Lady Helen junior open at Goodwood with a gross 87, also picking up the nett prize with a score of 68.

She has been inspired by Goodwood ambassador and former US Open champion Justin Rose, recent star of Europe’s Ryder Cup win, who conducted a junior clinic earlier this season which duly motivated a number of players.

COWDRAY PARK

The annual ladies’ pro am is always an eagerly-awaited event at Cowdray Park in which teams of three ladies invite a professional to join them.

The day was sponsored by Barons of Hindhead and overseen by the Sussex Professional Golfers’ Union.

The day’s format was 18 holes medal, two best scores to count. Sixty-three ladies and their pros played on a day when there were a few showers mixed with glorious sunshine, providing near-perfect conditions which were reflected in the scoring.

The golf was followed by a two-course meal and prizegiving.

The winners with an excellent score of 13 under par were Lil Cummins, Kathy Donohoe, Sang Porter and pro Brad Harris, who is based at The Dyke GC.

Second, also with 13 under but missing out on countback, were Val Ward, Pat Currie and Carole Houston with Hever Castle pro Sam Pitcairn.

Marilyn Davis, Sarah Hussey and Sue Munday with Cowdray pro Tim Allen were third on 12 under par.

The winning pro was Lee Cooper from Burgess Hill with 68; second was Dan Clark from Bournemouth with 69.

The raffle raised £330 for the captain’s charity, Chestnut Tree House hospice.

The Daily Mail Foursomes competition is open to members of golf clubs in England, Scotland and Wales. The winners in the qualifying round held at Cowdray Park were Barbara Parker and Pam Leach with nett 73.

Marilyn Davis and Angela Pike were second with 75 and Solveig Burton and Tessa Stockwell came third with 76.

The heavy overnight mist took until mid-morning to burn off for the Cowdray Park seniors’ October medal, making life for the first half of the field very much more difficult, with vision restricted to barely 110 metres.

This made the achievement of winner David Heard all the more meritorious as he recorded his score during the worst of the conditions.

When he reached the end of the front nine he had registered 43 shot gross, but, by then, the sun had cleared the mist and he completed the back nine in gross 33 to finish with 76 (68 nett) to win on countback.

At the other end of the field, in the penultimate group, John Newman, John Lee and Frank Cheevers returned nett 68s while, in the final group, Cliff Davis also scored a nett 68 but took second place on countback.

BOGNOR

The Hollymead Cup, sponsored by the local Hollymead Retirement Home, was a competition the top 40 players after this year’s major competitions were invited to play in.

Each position in our majors carries points and re-setting of the points before the final event meant that if any of the top five won the final event, they would win the Hollymead Cup.

John Cable won the final event with an excellent nett 65, enough to move him from 25th to second place in the Hollymead Cup. Henry Leo scored a nett 66 in which meant he held on to first place and won the Hollymead Cup for 2014.

Results: 1 Henry Leo, 2 John Cable, 3 Martin Leo, 4 Alan Simonds , 5t Dave Maskell.

Bognor seniors played host to Singing Hills in excellent weather. Bognor won 5½-2½, with captain of the day Mike Oates and his partner Richard Kaemena hitting top form in their 7&6 win. Richard’s score alone was nett 65.

Results: Mike Oates & Richard Kaemena won 7&6, Ken Catt & Alan Fitzgerald lost 2&1, Barry Ingate & Gary Steventon halved, David Turner & Steve King won 4&3, Trevor Till & Paul Black won 2 up, John Woodhead & Chris Hickling won 4&2, Richard Hedge & Peter Collins won 5&4, Vic Ward & Clive Millett lost 4&2.

Bognor seniors hosted Haywards Heath in the last game to be played between the two clubs because of fixture changes.

Bognor won 7-1, but all players had a terrific time and there were closest-to-pins to be shared out. Mike Oates won two out of them, then lost his golf trolley and bag to the 17th ditch.

Results: Alan Fitzgerald & Mike Wadley won 2&1, Trevor Till & John Owen won 1 up, Frank Hodder & Peter Collins won 1 up, Clive Millett & Mike Oates won 3&2, John King & Peter Lott won 4&3, John Woodhead & Roger Selway lost 3&1, Richard Hedge & Allan Delves won 2&1, Vic Ward & Chris HIckling won 5&4

The autumn seniors’ supper competition attracted more than 70 players. The four-ball better-ball contest sees pairs drawn after dinner, the night before the competition.

The day was glorious as was the course and there were many scores over 40 points. Winners were John Harnett and new member Ray Pepperill with an excellent 46. Second were Gerry O’Neill and Mark Watson with 45 and third Ian Simpson and Dave Stephens with 44.

Club captain Ron Stevens presented the prizes and thanks went to Bill Chick and Ron Alcock, who have run the competition for 20 years-plus.

Twenty Bognor seniors enjoyed their annual pilgrimage to Meon Valley for two matches and an overnight stay. The event was superbly managed by Cliff Willis, and this year’s theme was the Ryder Cup – with ten players representing each side. Europe handsomely defeated the USA.

Winner of the singles competition with a combined score of 71 was Andy Isitt. He was presented his trophy by Cliff Willis.

Fine weather provided excellent scoring opportunities for the Bognor ladies’ Medal Cup final. This was an 18-hole medal competition also involving ladies who had been winners or runners-up during the season.

Winner of the trophy was Sally Cameron with 38 points.

Results – Silver: 1 Wendy Johnson 42pts; 2 Sue Crossen 38 cb; 3 Gill Harries 38 cb; 4 Chloe Court 38 cb. Bronze A: 1 Kay Dady 40; 2 Sally Cameron 39; 3 Jacqui Humphreys 37. Bronze B: 1 Kim Mercer 37 cb; 2 Brigitte Paul 37 cb. Bronze C: 1 Pauline Littlejohns 35 cb; 2 Carmel du Plessis 35 cb.

CHICHESTER

The Chichester ladies’ monthly medal was played in summer-like conditions, which resulted in some very good scoring.

Eventual winner was Val Swain with nett 73, resulting in a handicap cut. Second was Jennifer Sherwood with 76, third Mo Davison with 78.

A Stableford was won by Lisa Jackson with 38 points. Lisa Mitchelmore was second with 36 and third was in-form Val Swain with 33.

The ladies travel to their sister course at Hill Barn, Worthing, to play for the Hill Barn Goblet. Scoring was difficult with a strong breeze blowing up on the hills.

Winner was Sue Bond with 36 points, ahead of Val Edwards with 34 and Sue Ward with 33.

The Saturday Stableford saw new member Fiona Walsh win on countback with 39 points from Mary-Lou Litton. In third with 38 was Rebecca Curd.

Some 27 ladies took part in the Yellow Ball competition, where teams of three rotate the use of a yellow ball, which gives double points.

The winners with a very credible 117 points were Mary-Lou Litton, Jean Davies and Margaret Roberts-West. Second were Wendy Jeffery, Sue Winterbotham and Heddie Straw with 109 and Val Swain, Pauline Beale and Trish Robertson were third with 106.

The same number of ladies played for the popular Diane Farley Trophy. Winning with nett 71 was Sang Porter; second with 73 was Rachel Greenland and third was Yvonne Dunckley on 74.

The Saturday medal was won by Helen Ball with nett 74, ahead of second-placed Sang Porter with 75. Third was Mary-Lou Litton with 81.

Chichester veterans played for their most prestigious trophy – the John Venables Memorial Cup, remembering the first-ever captain of the section.

Drizzle greeted the 55 players but the weather cleared and the scoring was good. Ex-captains excelled as first John Paul came in with 39 points, s followed at the last by Maurice Hall and Mike Beer, who both scored 40.

Roy Chandler stood on his last tee with the same score of 40 but blobbed the hole to allow the eventual winner Tony Marsden, with a magnificent 42 points, to claim his maiden trophy.

Result: 1 Tony Marsden 42pts, 2 Mike Beer 40, 3 Maurice Hall 40, 4 Roy Chandler 40, 5 John Paul 39. Nearest the pins, 4th hole John Parsons; 6th, Ken Hart; 13th, Pete Collyer; 15th, Alan Dynes.

The veterans had a successful September in inter-club matches. All the matches were at home which gave some advantage and all were victorious. They beat Foxbridge 5-1, West Chiltington 5-3, East Horton 6-0 and Cams Hall 5-1 to continue what is proving to be one of their best seasons.