Trophies won by Chichester, Bognor and Cowdray Park golfers
The fairways at Chichester, Bognor and Cowdray Park golf clubs are hives of activity again now golfers have been able to resume competition. Latest reports below...
Chichester veterans were rewarded with gorgeous weather for their opening two trophies, the Founders Cup and the Spring Trophy.
They were won respectively by Paul Kavanagh and Paul Hills.
Tight fairways made striking the ball even more a matter of precision on both days but the greens were excellent so a reliable putter was helpful. Kavanagh won the Founders Cup Stableford with a magnificent 44 points (with Hills 2second with 41 and captain Colin Westwood; Chris Penny and Martin Powell-Jones all on 38).
A week later Hills followed up some decent form by winning the medal Spring Trophy, carding a nett 71, with Jim Robertson a close runner-up with 73.
Bognor Golf Club reopened in May under strict guidelines issued by Golf England. For the first few weeks, only causal golf was allowed, but a return to competitions came in July, with new rules in place.
Several have been held and attracted large entries. But trophy presentations are not yet allowed.
Bognor men have played three competitions normally played in the spring.
In the ‘Easter Medal’ a whopping 188 competitors took part over two days, the winner being Gary Embleton scoring gross 73, nett 64. Second was Ian Burgess, 81/66; third Michael Simmonds 85/66.
The Rubens Cup attracted 187 competitors over two days and was won by Paul Goodchild with gross 80, nett 60, ahead of Greg Conway 78/62, and Gareth Brown, 80/64.
The Spring Tankard, a 36-hole medal completion, attracted 145 competitors on both days. Overall winner was soon-to-be-captain Andrew Field with scratch scores of 67 and 71, total 138.
Second was Olly Longlands with 70/70, third Oliver Turnill with 67 /73. All three are low single-figure handicappers and played extremely well on both days.
The nett competition was won by Ryan Maskell with 63/67; second was Andrew Field with 64/68, third Olly Longlands with 67/67.
Bognor seniors played in a field of 101 players for the Jack Lemmer Trophy. Winner was Den Burgess with 45 points, just edging out John Lalor on countback.
Third was Rob Chrichton on 40. Division one winner was Chris Hickling, division two John Samain and division three Ross Fisher.
A field of 75 seniors took part in the Keith Chapman Trophy, which is a medal and board competition played off the yellow tees with full handicap.
Keith was a popular member and the trophy was put up by his family.
Conditions were hot and humid and the fairways firm, inviting the ball to roll, and the greens were fair and receptive.
This helped produce decent scoring, with a third of the field recording net 70 (par) or better.
The winner was Eric Morrish with an exceptional nett 61 – he was two over for his back nine.
David Fowler and Steve-Calder Smith were in second place with excellent nett scores of 64.
* Cowdray seniors competed for the Yellowlees Quaich. Conditions were pretty much perfect with little wind, plenty of roll on the fairways and receptive greens.
A quaich is a Scottish drinking cup and the field featured 90 players battling it out in this medal competition. Conditions meant scoring was extremely good with a third of the field scoring nett par or better, resulting in the competition standard scratch being reduced to 68.
Phil Harrison scored a rare eagle on the par four 15th hole. Two players, Allen Sibley and John Hall, tied on nett 64 (six under par), with Sibley just winning on a close countback over the last nine.
Paul Richman won the Veteran’s Cup; Rod Brown was second.