Golf: Ladies accept the Chichester invitation

Yvonne Duncklety, Dot Collyer and Sue Slight at the Chichester ladies' invitation
Yvonne Duncklety, Dot Collyer and Sue Slight at the Chichester ladies' invitation

The annual Chichester ladies’ invitation competition was played in summer-like conditions. A reduced field this year did not detract from good play. Presentations followed a buffet lunch.

The eventual winners were Yvonne Dunckley and guest Sue Slight. Pictured from left are Yvonne Dunckley, ladies’ captain Dot Collyer and Sue Slight.

A team Scottish Stableford took place at the same time. This involved multiplying Stableford points, which proved confusing for some.

The winners on countback with 50 points were Sue Ward and Hazel Gillett; second were Val Swain and Jane Buckley and third were Val Edwards and Gill Fielding with 30.

The annual Joan Davis Rose Bowl was played for in hot, sunny weather. The ladies got off to a good start but with course conditions very dry many struggled to keep their good form going.

Winner with a commendable 42 points was Sue Ward (pictured), which resulted in a handicap cut of two shots. Second on countback with 40 was Val Swain. Third and fourth, also with 40, were Maureen Selway and Pauline Beale.

Chichester ladies joined the men to play their club championship. As the ladies were smaller in number they played their competition in the middle of the men’s field, which added to the camaraderie. Thirty-six holes in one day is no mean feat but Kathy Donohoe won the overall championship with an aggregate gross score of 157. Runner-up with 169 was Sang Porter.

Winner of the prize for the best two nett scores on countback was Mary-Lou Litton (161) and runner-up Lisa Mitchelmore.

A total of 24 ‘grannies’ competed for the Granny Goblet. A remarkable 43 points by Val Edwards won it, with second place going to Yvonne Leaver with 42. Third was Sandi Johnstone with 38.

Ladies who do not have grandchildren followed the field and played a qualifying Stableford. The winner with 38 was Pauline Beale; second with 35 was Val Swain and third was Lynn Plowman with 34.

Chichester’s club championship comprised 36 holes – and had 36 entrants.

They played on Chichester’s Cathedral course on a day when temperatures reached 25C. After the first round, Matthew Watson and Alex Grundy were tied for the lead with one-over-par 73s.

James Martin was three shots back on four over after a fast start, eagling the first by holing out from 150 yards with a nine-iron.

Eventual winner Oliver Bradbury made an eight on the par-four first and walked on to the second tee six shots behind, eventually finishing the morning round nine over on 81.

Playing in the third-to-last group eight shots off the lead, he carded a superb two-under-par 70, winning by one shot from Watson.

Bradbury’s round was even more impressive as the afternoon heat took its toll on the scoring. With the greens hardening and speeding up, most players shot a worse score than the morning and only three players beat their handicap.

Alex Grundy came in an excellent third place in his first club championship after his excellent morning 71 and respectable 80 in the afternoon – winning the handicap prize ahead of 15-year-old Joseph Fradgley, playing off nine and coming in with gross 80 (nett 71) in the morning and 78 (69) in the afternoon.

It was a gorgeous day for the veterans’ Summer Trophy competition and the Cathedral course was in pristine condition. The competition is sponsored by the Royal Garden Hotel and is a Stableford played off the white tees.

Four of the first five prizes went to category-four players. Eventual winner David Galloway recorded nine pars in his score of 45, which gave him a five-point victory over Robert Stainsby on 40.

Result – Summer Trophy winner David Galloway 45pts; 2 Robert Stainsby 40; 3 Ken Hart 38; 4 Brian Holden 38; 5 Nigel Wood 37. Nearest the pins – 4th hole, Brendan Sharpe; 6th, Mike Beer; 13th, Robert Stainsby; 15th, Chas Campling.

The veterans’ good home form continued in the inter club matches as they won a hard-fought contest against Slinfold 5-3.

Scores: C Goldsmid & D Matthey won 1 up; D Pattison & B Santer lost 1 down; N Hobbs & D Galloway won 6&4; N Moore & R Stainsby lost 2&1; D Monkton & D Blythe won 3&2; P Green & E Root won 2 up; B Sharpe & J Fox won 6&5; R Holden & P Johnson lost 1 down.


The prestigious Purley Trophy featured 36 Bognor players and visitors. The level of golf played was reflected in the low handicaps.

The winner was Bognor’s Andrew Field with a magnificent score of 137 over the two rounds. Second was Bognor junior Jordan Vincent with 138 and third was visitor E J Richardson with 140.

Bognor seniors had two wins, the first at Singing Hills and the second at home to Chichester.

At Singing Hills, the first three matches went Bognor’s way with convincing wins. Another win came in the sixth match giving the away team at least a half. 

Nerves became a little frayed as successive games went, with Singing Hills dragging themselves back with three wins of their own. But Gary Steventon and David Turner came in with a half which gave Bognor a 4½-3½ win. 
Results: Barry Vanstone & Tony Wells beat Bernie Kelly & David Tidy 6-5; Steve King & Richard Kaemena beat Paul Manklow & Derek Webster 2up; Robert Redman & Brian Wolstencroft beat John Conway & Phil Riggall 3-2; Frank Hodder & Vic Ward lost 2&1 to Chris Adams & Geoff West; Richard Perry & Clive Millett lost 2 down to Pat Woods & Duncan Clough; Allan Delves & Peter Collins beat Richard Hudson & Jim Lorimer 1up; Gary Steventon & David Turner halved with Barry Sowton & Roy Veal; Dennis Burke & Ken Catt lost 2&1 to Richard Godley & Jeremy Mortimer.

Bognor enjoyed an emphatic 6-2 win over Chichester. Ken Catt and Barry Appleby excelled for Bognor with a fine 5&4 win, while for Chichester, Norman Moore and Dieter Matthey enjoyed a 5&3 win. Jim Catt holed in with a chip for a birdie three on the last hole to win the match for Bognor.

Results: Mike Oates & Tony Wells beat Campbell Goldsmid & Mike Harrington 3&2, Paul Black & Roger Selway lost to Brendan Sharpe & Bruce Santer 3&1, Hugh Diaper & Peter Collins beat Jim Robertson & David Galloway 4&3, Jim Catt & Clive Millett beat Dave Monkton & Pete Collyer 1 up, Gary Steventon & Dennis Burke lost to Norman Moore & Dieter Matthey 5&3, David Turner & Peter Bell beat Richard Green & Richard Holden 1 up, Frank Hodder & Brian Madgwick beat Graham Probert & John Paul 1 up; Ken Catt & Barry Appleby beat Mike Hunter & Allan Payne 5&4.

The Bognor Kindred Clubs team of Richard Beresford, John Cable, Rob Comins, Roly Heath, Peter Lott, Don McLeod, Ian Paine, JJ Stephenson, Mark Wartson and Simon Watts saw off a strong team from Cams Hall containing seven single-figure handicap golfers. Bognor won 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals, in which they will play either last year’s winners Hockley or Barton-on-Sea.
Kindred Clubs is a 10 man team foursomes knockout played against nearby clubs in West Sussex and Hampshire, with total team handicap being a minimum of 90. Finals day is at Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire, in September.

Bognor’s Wednesday Evening League team continued their fine form with a 3-2 win at Littlehampton. Winning pairs were John Cable and John Lampard, Rob Redmond and Steve Reddick and James MacLean and Rob Comins.

There were narrow defeats for Mark Watson and Richard Perry and Ron Stevens and Mike Walsh. Bognor lead the table with only one round matches to go.

Bognor juniors are keeping busy.

The club captain’s junior trophy was won by Tom Stoneham with 43 points. Second was Marcus Embleton with 41; third Megan Tinson with 35. Club professional Matthew Kirby presented the prizes.

Bognor visited East Brighton in the John Bury Plate, a foursomes competition, and ran out 2½-1½ winners. Jordan Vincent and Marcus Embleton halved their match on the 18th after being four down at one stage. Bognor visit Mid Sussex in the next round.

Richard Beresford struck a hole in one on Bognor’s 15th hole, a 198-yard effort, in his vets’ knockout game against Keith Comins. He used a three-wood and drove it straight down the middle.


IT was a bright, breezy day on the Downs for Avisford seniors’ return match with Hill Barn. It was played in a good spirit, but as usual Avisford struggled away from home.

Bob Boulter and Peter Brown lost only on the 18th green thanks to a 25ft putt sunk by their opponents, while David Feist (captain) and Dave McConnell and Peter Bridgemen and Tom Redfern both halved their matches.

The other three matches were lost and so Hill Barn ran out 4-1 winners.

Despite the loss, captain David Feist’s day will be remembered for a superb hole in one on the short fifth hole. He was all smiles afterwards and generously enabled all to celebrate with him in the clubhouse.


Cowdray Ladies played a team competition. It was based on the best two Stableford scores.

Results: Teams of four – 1 Jenny Clegg, Pauline Alexander, Joyce Fanshawe & Heather Pearce 80pts; 2 Jane Holden, Pauline Lamb, Sandra Barber & Maureen Bailey 75; Teams of three – 1 Ann Tyrrell, Glenda Luff and Chris Sommerville 83; 2 Mary Morling, Janice Leath & Marnie Evans 72.

Cowdray Park visited Singing Hills GC in the latest round in the Gilbert Print county seniors’ foursomes knockout competition, having defeated the same club last year on their way to winning the Cyril Blake Trophy.

The visitors won 2½-1½ to reach the quarter-finals, in which they will host their old adversaries, Ham Manor, at Cowdray Park next Monday.

Cowdray Park seniors began a very busy period for inter-club matches at home to a very strong Worthing side, from whom Cowdray were receiving shots in all bar three matches.

New match manager Jan de Vries, achieved a good result with a 7-1 win for the team and a personal win with George Crouch of 8&6 over their opponents. Worthing’s single point came from two halved matches.

Results (Cowdray Park names first): Jan de Vries & George Crouch beat Arthur Nicholls & John Wood 8&6; Brian Carpenter & Alan Robinson halved with John Blake & Nobby Wyatt; Roger Rose & Ken Marjoram beat Robin Suter & Pat Mulkerris 5&4; Peter Burton & Rodney Fisher halved with Bill Gardner & Dave Banks; Rob Doney & Richard Histed beat Ron Turner & Ray Close 5&3; David Laver & John Newman beat Mick Vansittart & Clive Darkes 3&2; Mike Hughes & Bill Brownlee beat Phil Gobell & Graham Forshaw 1 up; Roger Poat & Phil Morris beat Peter Goldsworthy & Mike Harris 2 up.

When Cowdray seniors entertained The Dyke, five players were playing their third game in three days, while manager Derek Smith had to arrange late replacements for some players, but the team ran out 8-0 winners.

The Dyke players found it difficult to cope with the Cowdray course conditions, lush fairways and fast greens. Stand-in match manager John Doran teamed up with the in-form Peter Burton to win a very hard-fought match.

The home side’s biggest wins of 6&5 came from Peter Hallt and Bill Brownlee and Ken Marjoram and Maurice Watts.

Results: John Doran & Peter Burton beat Eryl Williams & Richard Dyson 1up; Roger Poat & Adam Gramston beat Dave Barber & Ray Bullock 5&4; Peter Hallt & Bill Brownlee beat Barrie Moody & David Noble 6&5; Frank Cheevers & Gordon Kendall beat Alan Drew & Cliff Stuart 4&2; Ken Marjoram & Maurice Watts beat Mervin Allison & Graham Hunt 6&5; Jan de Vries & Philip Singer beat Gerry Nash & John Boucher 3&2; Allen Sibley & Martin Day beat Barry Green & Alan Glynne 3&2; Keith Chapman & Howard Morley beat Tom O;Donovan & Peter Faulkner 2 up.

Cowdray seniors entertained the West Surrey Sages on a glorious summer’s day. Cowdray had been well beaten at West Surrey earlier in the year, and it was with some relief that match manager Keith Chapman and Rob Doney won the first match 4&3 to give the home team a winning start.

After five results it was all square, but Cowdray came through 4½-3½.

Results: Keith Chapman & Rob Doney beat Clive Hoare & Dave Little 4&3; Mike King & Peter Laws lost to Ian Ure & James Staff 2&1; Allen Sibley & John Stone beat Robin Sitwell & Sandy Meadow 7&6; Dave Tilley & John Smith halved with Mike Harrison & Terry Smith; Dave Lucking & Mike Hughes lost to Robert Secrett & Nigel Bradley 4&3; John Doran & Richard Histed beat Alan Wilkinson & Dennis Luxford 7&5; Ralph Fanshawe & Richard Keep beat Paul Grimshaw & Dave Ayling 3&1; Bernie May & Martin Day lost to Derek Pitt & Hugh Gibbs 1 dn.