Golf: President’s prize goes to Bingham

Winners and runners-up in Bognor's President's competition
Winners and runners-up in Bognor's President's competition

Bognor junior Scott Bingham won the President’s Trophy after a play-off against Sam Grover. He holed a 10ft putt on the second extra hole to clinch it after both recorded superb scores of 82 points for 36 holes of golf.

Chris Martin provided lunch and prizes for all 12 players who took part. A separate 18-hole competition was won by George Bingham with 33 points.

A brave attempt by Bognor to overturn the home advantage of Hockley in the quarter-finals of the Kindred competition ended in a narrow 3-2 defeat.

Impressive wins by John Cable and Richard Beresford, Norman Lee and Peter Lott failed to earn the victory as foursomes experts Ian Paine and JJ Stephenson were surprisingly beaten, Kindred captain Simon Watts and Steve Reddick suffered a real mauling and club captain Ron Stevens and partner Mark Watson lost on the last putt on the last green.

Exactly 100 Bognor GC men took part in the Crouch Cup, a Stableford.

There were numerous excellent scores in all divisions but overall winner on the day with a magnificent score of 43 points was Jake Vines.

Results: 1 Jake Vines 43pts, 2 John Richardson 42 (cb), 3 Alan Simmonds 42 (cb), 4 Richard Longurst (cb).

Bognor’s juniors ran a family and sponsors’ day and it was a great success with 12 teams of four competing for the team prize sponsored by Great Ballard School.

Players had various challenges such as putting with a squash ball, putting blindfold and a longest drive competition using a 30-year-old persimmon driver – which was hit over 300 yards by Ian Stoneham, further than he hits it with his normal driver!

The winning team were Keith Fisher, Katie Field, Richard Hendrick and Tom Hendrick

A separate 17-a-side match between sponsors and juniors was won by the sponsors for the tenth year in a row, 549-534.

Jake Stoneham played for the county under-13s at Lindfield. He played really well off nine and shot gross 73, winning the scratch event and coming second in the nett event with 43 points. He won the Jasmine Trophy in July with 39 points.

Bognor seniors crossed the Solent for their annual trip to Sandown & Shanklin, but were well and truly beaten 6½-1½.

The only pair who won were Chris Hickling and Mike Oates. It was a super day out with Sandown excellent. The return game is in mid-October.

Results: Gary Steventon & Ron Stevens halved, John Owen & Brian Wolstencroft lost 3&2, Tony Wells & Roger Selway lost 5&4, David Turner & David Chalmers lost 3&2, Chris Hickling & Mike Oates won 4&2, Frank Hodder & Clive Millett lost 8&6, Peter Collins & Mike Walsh lost 7&5, Steve King & Andy Isitt lost 2&1.


Cowdray’s second two-day pro-am saw 76 players battle it out over 36 holes at two courses in Sussex and Surrey.

Day one at Cowdray Park gave all competitors a mix of weather with very strong winds; however scoring was impressive with many professionals posting scores around level par and the best team score ten under.

Day two at Chiddingfold was a stern test for amateurs and professionals alike and with the majority of the field still in with a chance of glory you could cut the atmosphere with a one-iron! The new 18th green was opened for the occasion and gave amateurs the chance to win a golfing trip to Estepona in the Costa del sol - won by Noel Kavanagh!

Guest stars included Steve Richardson (European Tour and Ryder Cup), Glenn Ralph (Seniors Tour & European Tour) and Cowdray touring pro Hannah Ralph (Ladies’ European Tour).

Organisers look forward to another successful event in 2015.

The team 36-hole winners were Cennydd Mills, Noel Kavanagh, Ryan Connelly and Killian Connelly with 29 points.

The 18-hole winners at Cowdray Park were David Mills, Phil Quinlan, Graham Marchant, Wayne Rideout on seven under.

Top pro over 36 holes was Cennydd Mills on four under.

Cowdray ladies competed in a triple six competition. This fun contest enables pairings to play three different formats – six holes of foursomes, six of greensomes, finishing the last six holes with betterball.

The winning pairing were Lena Cullen and Terry Hughes, who scored 36 points, followed closely by Solveig Burton and Ann Tyrrell, who also scored 36 but lost on countback.

Pat Wallace and Jane Holden came third on countback with 35, followed by Wendy Street and Lil Cummins also with 35.

August 20 brings Cowdray Park seniors’ second big event of the year, the seniors’ invitation. This highly-popular event attracts a maximum field of 48 pairs, with visitors from across the south.

The entry sheet was full within a week, much to the delight of organiser David Tilley in his final year in this role. The format is better-ball Stableford, with thre-quarters of handicap and play starting from the first and tenth tees.

Last year’s champions, Phil Harrison and Pat Northeast (Littlehampton), will return to defend their title but will find 47 other partnerships trying to dethrone them.

Cowdray Park seniors held their annual medal competition for the Yellowlees Quiach, a Scottish drinking cup like those presented to medal winners at the recent Commonwealth Games.

The competition was named after the highly-popular member, Bill Yellowlees, with the trophy donated by his wife in his memory.

Dave Lucking, who recently triumphed in the club championship, believed to be the first senior to do so, and followed up with a further victory in the Vets’ Cup, was going for the hat-trick and produced an impeccable round of 66, including three twos, from a handicap of five. Returning to the clubhouse he found early starter, the ever-improving Gordon Kendall, had matched his total but Kendall prevailed on countback.

Current Eclectic leader Paul Owen continued his fine run of form with 67 and third place. There were not many scores recorded under 70, but one of them was by Dave Hirons, who fired in three birdies on the 12th, 16th and 18th in a round of 69.

Shot of the day came from last month’s Stableford winner David Wickham, who holed his third shot on the difficult 14th for a birdie.

He repeated his birdie score on the 16th following a stunning second shot into the green to match the score of playing partner Hirons.

Terry Adsett was in the final group and returned a solid 68, then found out he had won first prize in the raffle.

The raffle for Prostate Cancer Relief raised £112.

Leading scores: Gordon Kendall 66 (cb); Dave Lucking 66; Paul Owen 67; Phil Pett, Terry Adsett and Ian Goodall all 68; Dave Hirons and John Newman 69. Twos: Pat Bonner; John Kitchener; Dave Tilley; Gordon Kendall; Paul Owen and Dave Lucking (3).


Chichester veterans’ fine run in the Gilbert Print County Foursomes has come to an end.

After good victories over Piltdown and Chartham Park they faced a daunting trip to Dale Hill in the quarter final, which meant a two-hour journey to the far reaches of East Sussex.

They were given a great start by their lead pairing of Brendan Sharpe and Bruce Santer who won 3&2 but the next three pairs could not muster a single point leaving the hosts as victors by 3-1.

The importance of a home draw proved crucial once again but the team are to be congratulated for their brave attempt and for having a good run yet again this year,

Local derbies have been the order of the day in the veterans’ inter-club friendlies. First Chichester went to Selsey and a strong performance from almost all the pairings resulted in a splendid 5-1 win and a double over their near neighbours.

Chichester played host to Bognor and on a blustery day, they gained ample revenge for their recent away defeat, winning 7-1. That makes 11 victories and just four losses this season, which is fast turning out to be one of their most successful of recent years.

Results (v Selsey): C Goldsmid & B Shrives-Wrist won 6&5; B Burn & E Root lost 1 down; J Robertson & R Parker won 1 up; D Galloway & P Johnston won 3&2; P Collyer & P Green won 3&2; G Probert & C Page won 6&5

(v Selsey): C Goldsmid & B Shrives-Wrist halved; G Probert & B Santer won 2 up; C Penny & P Green won 4&3; D Monkton & D Matthey won 4&3;

N Moore & P Collyer won 3&2; N Hobbs & D Galloway halved; M Harrington & J Paul won 6&4; M Hunter & R Holden won 5&4.


The seniors had a busy July, with five club matches, the Alan Charman Trophy and the seniors’ championship. The course has become a greater challenge with the dry conditions and deep rough.

The seniors played two away matches – one at Ifield Golf and Country Club where they lost 7-1 and another at West Sussex GC, where they drew.

Teams from Rowlands Castle, Farnham and Cowdray Park all visited Littlehampton GC. The course was at its most challenging and Littlehampton won all three.

The Alan Charman Trophy was contested by a good field. This a medal competition played off the white tees and is a qualifier for the order of merit. It was won by Howard Chipperfield with a nett 69, ahead of Duncan Stuart (70) and Tim Applewhite (71).

The seniors’ championship was played as a 36-hole medal competition over two days. The best nett scores also qualify for the order of merit. The championship was won by Bruce Ball (144 nett). Second was Colin Wilson on 146 and third Mike Power with 147.

It leaves the order of merit headed by Gary Robertson on 65 points ahead of Nigel Smith on 56 and John Boardman on 54.