Chichester veterans had a bright start to their season of friendlies with a trip to sister club Hill Barn, where they played the first leg of their contest for the Haygarth Trophy.
It was a pleasure to be playing on dry ground at last. A 6-2 defeat last year put the vets on their mettle and captain Jim Robertson led from the front with a hard-fought one-up victory.
Overall there were five very close matches that could have gone either way but with Chichester losing just one of these the overall result was secured by 6½-1½.
The match was played in the best of spirit and though the result was tough on Hill Barn they were fine hosts and there was the usual good camararderie.
There were a couple of big winners for Chichester but the captain’s prize for the best result went to Nick Hobbs and Campbell Goldsmid who won 6&5 . The vets are now in prime position to retain the Haygarth Trophy with the return home match scheduled for July.
Results: J Robertson & P Compton won 1 up; G Probert & B Shrives-Wrist won 1 up; N Hobbs & C Goldsmid won 6&5; J Styles & K Jackson won 4&3; N Moore N Wood halved; C Penny & D Galloway won 6&4; M Hunter & P Mitchell won 2 up; D Monkton & B Sharpe lost 2&1.
Thanks to the sterling work of the groundstaff, Bognor ladies have been able to get out on to the course despite the rain and wind.
January results: Roll up competition - 1 J Smith, J Phillmore, B Paul; 2 S Doughty, S Sidebotham, G Twyford; 3 V Robertson, M Hardy, S Hendrick. Roll up competition - 1 J Weeks, B Paul, N Vincent; 2 V Cole, C Puddicombe, J Chamberlain; 3 J Salt, D Crook, B Smallcorn.
February results: Three clubs & putter - Silver division - 1 S James; Bronze A division - 1 G McCormack, 2 S Sidebotham; Bronze B division - 1 S Stoneham, 2 J Ireland. Bronze C division - 1 V Cole. Team waltz - 1 N Holton, D Fenton, W Pettie, S James; 2 D Rumsby, A Allen, L Serle, M Martin; 3 J Finch, S Sidebotham, P Greenway, J Chamberlain. 2s - S Doughty & A Bushell, both on 2nd hole. Team Better Ball - 1 V Robertson, M Delves, E Morris, C Pilbeam; 2 B Smallcorn, J Russell, W Johnson, G Twyford; 3 A Bushell, L Serle, M Martin, L Miller; 2s - S Doughty (2nd) & L Harbutt (6th).
The spring seniors’ supper competition attracted an excellent 80 players. The four-ball better-ball Stableford had pairs drawn after dinner the night before the competition.
The course was in good condition following another poor winter and there were many scores over 40 points, which was terrific.
Winners were Ivan Towse and Ross Fisher with an excellent 46, second with 45 were Derek Dady and Terry Kuhler and third on countback were Roger Leverton and Mike White.
Club captain Chris Hickling presented the prizes, which went down to eighth place in reflecting the turnout, and thanked Bill Chick and Ron Alcock who have run the competition for more than 20 years.
The veterans’ section had their spring lunch after a nine-hole competition with 35 players on the course.
Considering the recent bad weather, the course was in a reasonably good state thanks to the work of the greenkeepers.
During the last few holes the skies darkened and the wind got stronger – then the heavens opened and a massive hailstorm ensued.
On returning to the clubhouse, many golfers were covered in ice and a few drams were needed.
The meal was attended by 40-plus members, all looking forward to a good season on the courses of West Sussex.
Cowdray ladies played a four-ball better-ball with the seniors on a beautiful sunny but cool day.
Results: 1 Sue Brown and Derek Bastiani 44pts; 2 Fiona Sapsworth and Jon Fife 42; 3 Marnie Evans and Mick Fillery 41; 4 Helen Chapman and Johnny Durrell 40; 5 Georgie Miller and Dave Tilley 39; 6 Wendy Street and Joe Berzak 39.
More than 80 players enjoyed the golf followed by lunch.
Cowdray ladies played in their March Stableford. A foggy morning developed into a beautiful day.
Results - Div 1 - 1 Ann Tyrrell 33pts; 2 Gaynor Dudman 33; 3 Tessa Stockwell 32. Div 2 - 1 Glenda Luff 32; 2 Catherine Staples 31; 3 Heather Pearce 31. Div 3 - 1 Linda Doney 36; 2 Pat White 31; 3 Anne Laver 29.
A total of 74 players competed in Cowdray Park’s monthly medal, on a dry and sunny day.
Top man in division one was four-handicapper Trevor Challen with a nett 68, followed in second place by Howard Kasey on 70, with four players tying for third place on 71.
Challen’s score was matched, in division two, by Dave King, whose 68 gave him victory by one shot over William Yates on 69, and Harvey Terry on 70, continuing on from his fine round in the seniors’ Stableford.
Division three provided the lowest scores of the day, with Richard Kendall and Andy Marriner level on 66, Kendall claiming the win on countback. Andrew Douglas took third place with 70.
Leading scores, Div 1: 68 Trevor Challen; 70 Howard Kasey; 71 (countback) Roger Murphy; Sean Gallagher; Alan Gormley; Steve Judd. Div 2 - 68 Dave King; 69 William Yates; 70 Harvey Terry; 71 (on countback) Robin Smith; S Small. Div 3 - 66 (countback) Richard Kendall; Andy Marriner; 70 Andrew Douglas; 71 (countback): Mick Shotter; Dave Fowler.
Cowdray Park seniors began their long season of inter-club matches at the traditional venue of Blackmoor. They achieved a very honourable 4-4 draw.
Cowdray’s Wally Mitchell was in sparkling form with a birdie on the first hole and pars on many other, taking advantage of the new 90 per cent difference of handicap rule.
By the turn he was seven under handicap and he and match manager John Doran were an incredible six holes up. Despite a brave fightback by the home pair, Cowdray registered a 3&1 win.
The home side drew level in match two before the strong Cowdray pairing of Allen Sibley and Ken Marjoram overcame two lower-handicap players to win 2&1.
The final two matches teeing off at the first went the way of the home team, with the last of these featuring the lowest-handicapped player on either side, Nigel Everett (Blackmoor) off eight and Paul Owen off six with the narrow win going to the home side.
If Cowdray were to get anything out the match it was going to have to be from the three matches teeing off at 17th.
Roger Poat was inspired and with partner Dave Coombes, achieved the biggest winning margin of the day, 6&5. Then the Wisborough Green duo of John Newman and Barry Overington put the visitors in the lead with a 2&1 win before the home side drew level in the final match.
Results (Cowdray names first): John Doran & Wally Mitchell beat Norman Foster & Ross Sellers 3&1; Chris Hutchings & Mike Cardiff lost to Brian Anthoney & Terry Atkinson 4&2; Allen Sibley & Ken Marjoram beat Keith Tye & Brian Chambers 2&1; Clive Brine & Roy Penrose lost to Roy Boxall & David Worrall 5&4; Paul Owen & Ian Gunn lost to Nigel Everett & Len Harrington 2&1; Roger Poat & Dave Coombes beat Chris Ingram & David Elcome 6&5; John Newman & Barry Overington beat Gordon McKay & Brian Matthews 2&1; Brian Carpenter & Gary Strowbridge lost to Kevin Connolly & Lloyd Jones 4&3.
Stalwart club members David Wells and Kevin Catherall were deserved winners of the Founders Day Trophy, amassing a superb 49 Stableford points to win by two from runners-up Dave Pretlove and Paul Kelly.
In the full handicap pairs competition to celebrate the date when the club was formed in 1889, Catherall got off to a perfect start with a birdie on the first hole, followed by another on the short par-three eighth.
Wells featured prominently with birdies on both the ninth and 15th holes as the pair dovetailed solidly for victory.
Seventy six players took part in the Blackallar Bowl competition, played in memory of 1990 club captain Harry Blackallar.
The event was closely contested, with the trophy going to Ross Akmenkalns and Matt Dye, whose 48 Stableford points total edged out runners-up Dave Pretlove and Paul Kelly on countback.
In the previous day’s gents’ medal, new member Bill Groombridge took the honours with a superb gross 68. Playing off a six handicap, he reached the turn two under par courtesy of birdies on the fifth and ninth holes and a solid level par back nine led to a spectacular nett 62 for a three-shot victory.
Seventeen-handicapper Stephen Perks had a great round of nett 64 to win the Bertie Coleman Cu, pipping runner-up Paul Kelly by a single stroke.
Perks finished strongly and can look back on a fine birdie two on the short par-three 16th which helped him clinch the prestigious trophy, named after a popular club character who was a member for more than 65 years.
The top 16 qualifiers from the field of more than 70 players now progress to the knockout stages for the Charity Cup.
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