Young Harry is a wee wonder - and a tee wonder

Harry Callow is a true Wee Wonder
Harry Callow is a true Wee Wonder

Seven-year-old Golf at Goodwood junior Harry Callow from Midhurst fought off tough opposition to win the eight-and-under category of the Wee Wonders qualifying event at the Rhondda golf club in South Wales.

Harry shot 35 out and 30 in to end up with a 65 over the 18-hole par-three course.

He is now off to the grand final at St Andrews in Scotland in August and will play against other qualifiers from around the UK and Ireland.

The Wee Wonders open golf championships was founded in 1995 by Alasdair Good, head PGA professional at Gullane Golf Club. It rapidly grew to become the only tournament with fully national coverage for children aged five to 12.

It provides an opportunity for entry into competitive golf both for children new to the game and for the most experienced young players. In 2013, there will be a number of regional qualifiers held over nine holes in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales leading to the grand final at St Andrews on August 24 and 25.

“The standard of golf is absolutely phenomenal and the good thing is that the kids have got really great attitudes and they learn really great lessons from the tournament.” said Nick Dougherty, former Wee Wonders Ambassador.

COWDRAY PARK

All good things come to an end and Cowdray Park seniors’ recent fine run - seven wins and a draw in eight matches - was stopped at Ifield, where the home side gained revenge for their defeat at Cowdray earlier by winning 6-2.

Seniors’ captain Allen Sibley and Ian Heustice soon knew they were up against it when Paul Leppard birdied the first, parred the second hardest hole and scored a two on the first par three.

Backed by Brian Francis, the home pair were six up after nine and, although the Cowdray duo pulled one, back it was insufficient to prevent a 5&3 loss.

In no time at all the hosts were 3-0 up - before Cowdray’s ever-reliable Graham Evans and Wally Mitchell gave the visitors hope with an excellent 4&3 win before a narrow defeat in match five re-established the three-point margin. A stunning 5&3 win from David Tilley and George Crouch gave encouragement but two final wins for Ifield clinched victory.

Results: Allen Sibley & Ian Heustice lost to Paul Leppard & Brian Francis 5&3; David Gaff & Brian Carpenter lost to Malcolm Sharpe & Mike Korol 2 dn; David Imlach & Clive Strudwick lost to Steve Date & Brian Dodge 5&3; Graham Evans & Wally Mitchell beat Dave Young & John Mather 4&3; Richard Histed & Mike Pratt lost to Martin Barham & Graham Cole 1 dn; David Tilley & George Crouch beat Jim Shelford & Mitch Mitchell 5&3; Ken Marjoram & Philip Singer lost to Martin Wright & John Buck 2&1; Ian Goodall & Barry Overington lost to Mick Dean & Dick Walters 3&2.

Cowdray Park seniors travelled to Chichester for a friendly on the Cathedral course in strong winds and on firm fairways and thick rough.

Only two Cowdray pairs managed to get to grips with the conditions and win their matches: Peter Burton and Keith Chapman and David Tilley and Graham Thompson, last week’s Stableford winner. Both pairs won 3&2.

Chichester captain Robert Stainsby belied his high handicap and marked his improvement down to lessons earlier in the year. He and Roy Chandler did not allow Phil Harrison and Tony Castley to get a look in, helping their side to a 6-2 win.

The match was followed by an excellent meal in the clubhouse.

Cowdray Park seniors hosted Blackmoor and took this return match 5½-2½ - having won 7½-½ at Blackmoor earlier in the season. The course was presented in excellent condition by Jonathan Smith and his staff.

The opening match was an exciting tussle, with Cowdray’s John Doran and partner Ray Tucker leading by three after the 11th, courtesy of a hole-in-one from John Doran, his first-ever.

Doran appeared to lose focus for a time and allowed the visitors to reduce the deficit, despite the putting efforts of Tucker. The Blackmoor used their shot advantage on the final hole to level the match.

Three Cowdray pairs completed the home and away double, starting with John Newman and Barry Overington, who won 7&6, despite Overington having to retire hurt after the 11th when his pair were six up.

Dave Hirons and Rodney Fisher teamed up again to win 4&3, with Hirons playing three under his handicap of six, while Frank Cheevers and Ian Goodall dove-tailed well again to win 5&4, with David Tilley and Clive Brine edging home by 2&1.

Philip Singer won the nearest the pin prize on the long par-three ninth, leaving his shot six inches from the hole. He proved his versatility with a Bernhard Langer-style shot after his ball landed six feet up a tree.

Scores (Cowdray Park names first): John Doran & Ray Tucker halved with Roy Boxall & Noel Tonkin; Dave Hirons & Rodney Fisher beat David Elcome & David Worrall 4&3; Frank Cheevers & Ian Goodall beat Alan Simpson & Keith Brown 5&4; David Tilley & Clive Brine beat Dennis Adams & Gordon McKay 2&1; Philip Singer & Gary Strowbridge lost to Bill Lilley & Trevor Childs 2&1; Phil Hrrison & Pat Bonner beat Ross Sellers & Ray Stockinger 3&2; John Newman & Barry Overington beat Grahm Herbert & Ed Jenner 7&6; Peter Laws & Terry Adsett lost to Brian Sherman & John Morris.

Cowdray Park, having reached the semi-final of the county’s Cyril Blake team competition following two stunning away victories at Willingdon and at Ham Manor, have been drawn to face Singing Hills at Littlehampton on Monday, August 12.

Cowdray ladies played for the Grannies’ Trophy in the heatwave. Imke Sanderson coped very well with the heat to record the best score of 39 points and take the trophy. The runner-up was Ann Tyrrell with 37. Barbara Parker came third with 35 and Barbara Smith and Sue Brown scored 32 apiece.

The winner of the July Stableford was Chris Sommerville with 33 points on countback from Beryl Bishop. Jill Parry came third with 31 and Gaynor Dudman was fourth with 30.

Beryl was helped by an eagle on the fourth hole – scoring a three on a par five.

CHICHESTER

Chichester GC ladies are through to the last 32 in the Mail on Sunday national competition - a feat they have never achieved before.

The team of Mary-Lou Litton, Kathy Donohoe, Lisa Mitchelmore, Caroline Hawkes and Sang Porter played round six of the competition at home against Nevill GC from Tunbridge Wells. In soaring temperatures, they beat Nevill 4-1.

In the next round, they have been drawn to play at home against Nizels GC from Tonbridge.

Thirty-nine ladies played in the Joan Davis Rose Bowl, a Stableford, in fine weather. It was a very close contest.

Scores: 1 Angela Perkins 44pts, 2 Pauline Beale 43, 3 Sandi Johnstone 42.

Chichester’s ladies’ club championship, played over 36 holes, was slightly different this year - players had a tee slot among the men in their championship.

After the morning round, Sang Porter had a six-shot lead over Liza Mitchelmore, but a strong afternoon round by Kathy Donohoe saw her close the gap - but she still finished three short of Sang, who won the championship.

The annual Granny Goblet competition took place for the club’s ladies’ section’s grandmothers. It was a Stableford played on the Tower course and 29 took part on a beautiful day.

Scores: 1 Marie Howlett 42pts, 2 Yvonne Leaver 42 (ocb), 3 Marie Mills 39.

The trophy will be presented at the annual meeting later in the year.

Chichester ladies held their annual open involving 22 ladies from 13 different clubs on the Tower course. The format was four-ball better-ball.

The winning pair were Sue Humphries and Joe Harrison from the Mid Sussex club. A buffet lunch accompanied the prizegiving.

Chichester ladies held their senior ladies’ championship over two days, playing the Cathedral course one day and the Tower the next. Sixteen ladies took part in hot weather.

Senior club champion was Caroline Hawkes with a gross score of 179. while the runner-up was Yvonne Dunkley with 181. Handicap winner was Val Edwards with a nett 144; runner-up was Sandi Johnstone with 147.

AVISFORD PARK

The midweek roll-up was won by Harvey Burchell with 41 points while the Saturday roll-up was taken by Robert Wood with 41.

The summer breakfast plate was won by Grant Walker, Lloyd Walker and Daniel McGuinness with 87 points. Runners-up with 82 were Chris Wall, Harvey Burchell and Daniel Bernhardt.

The senior Stableford winners were Peter Collins with 39 points in division one and Jeremy Sutton with 40 in division two.