Chichester Golf Club veterans completed their golfing year with a Christmas classic team Stableford.
It was a competition with a difference - counting two scores per hole for each three-player group and allowing the purchase of mulligans.
It was a magnificent effort by the 49 players who braved the weather and supported the event while raising £400 from mulligans and a raffle for the captain’s charity.
Scoring was not easy but the team of Norman Moore, Chris Page and Nigel Wood excelled with 84 points, leaving the rest trailing in their wake.
After the golf, all enjoyed their Christmas lunch in the clubhouse with the captain generously providing wine for each of the tables.
The day was rounded off with music and singing to the Ken Hart combo and once the carols had passed, all joined in for festive renditions of Delilah, Sweet Caroline and My Way.
Results: 1 Norman Moore, Chris Page, Nigel Wood 84pts; 2 Dave Monkton, Mike Chapman, B Shrives-Wrist 79 ocb; 3 Peter Green, Gordon Williams, Joe Blackbourn 79. Nearest the pins: 1st hole - Nigel Wood; 4th - Bruce Santer; 6th - Mike Harrington; 7th - Rob Baldwin; 9th - Mike Snuggs; 10th - Ken Hart; 12th - Brendan Sharpe; 13th - Dieter Matthey; 15th - Mike Hemming; 16th - Mike Skinner.
At the halfway stage of the season in the Surrey & West Sussex Winter League, Cowdray Park sit in fourth place.
Last year’s champions Puttenham have already assumed the lead again with 14.5 points from six matches. Close behind in second come surprise package Farnham, who have yet to win the title.
Thanks to two excellent results in their last two home games, during which they ran up six points, they have 14 points and a game in hand on the leaders. A feature of their season so far has been a pair of 4-0 wins to boost their points total.
In third place on 11 points are Hankley Common, who have yet to win a game but have five home games remaining.
In fourth, on 10.5 points, come Cowdray, who have played only four matches and are the only unbeaten team in the league and are the only team so far to defeat Puttenham. They now face four consecutive away matches.
Cowdray Park seniors packed into the clubhouse for their annual meeting.
Before it started, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of the deaths of two popular members, Bill Pierce and Brian Taylor.
The new captain was confirmed as Allen Sibley and his vice-captain will be Brian Brockhurst (pictured above).
Most of the meeting was taken up by outgoing captain Bill Hummerston’s summary of his year at the helm, which he named ‘the year of the umbrella’ after poor weather during his spell.
Hummerston thanked all members and the committee for their help and co-operation in making his year go so smoothly.
Membership totalled 153 plus two honorary non-playing members, with 13 new members having joined during the year, some with instant competitive success.
Hummerston thanked Ken Young and Graham Evans for their hard work maintaining scoring records in the Eclectic and Carter Trophy over the year.
The section played matches against 24 other clubs on a home and away.
At home Cowdray won 18, drew three and lost two - with one abandoned. Away from home they won six and drew three, losing 15 of the 24 games. Some 82 different members played in matches.
The captain expressed his thanks to all who had provided raffle prizes throughout the year and to those who bought tickets each month to help raise funds for his charity.
A new innovation was the captain and vice-captain’s challenge to pairs of seniors, with the losers making a donation to his charity.
During the year £3,087.40 was raised for the Mary How Trust and new skipper Sibley has agreed to continue the support of this worthy charity during 2013.
The two flagship events, the seniors’ open and invitation, were resounding successes, having been fully subscribed thanks to the efforts of new organisers David Imlach and David Tilley, with record amounts being raised for charity.
New match managers were announced for 2013 - Betchworth Park (Brian Brockhurst), Bognor Regis (Tony Castley), Ham Manor (Sam Howes), Hayling Island (Trevor Edwards) and Rowlands Castle (Chris Hoare).
Hummerston thanked the Cowdray Park staff and groundstaff for their help and co-operation during the year.
Forty players took part in a best-nine-holes competition staged by Cowdray Park ladies.
The winner on 24 points was Wendy Street. Joint second on 23 were Margaret Curwood, Mary Sexton, Jenny Clegg, Helen Chapman and Sue Brown.
In joint third with 22 were Joyce Fanshawe, Linda Doney, Tessa Stockwell and Angie Edwards.
The monthly Stableford was won in division one by Ryan Blackwood with 43 points and in division two by Graham Twine with 45.
The senior Stableford was won by William Billson with 41 points in division one and in division two by John Carter with 37.
The midweek stableford was won by Antony Stansfield with 43 points.
The Boxing Day Texas Scramble was won by Nick Finneran, Lee Rogers and Graham Twin with a nett score of 54. The runners-up were Harvey Burchell, Robert Kuszka and Mark Heron with 57.