Barbara tops her hole in one - by getting another three holes later

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Barbara Trenchard (pictured) was playing a few holes at Bognor Golf Club with partner Ron Stevens when she had holes in one at both the second and the fifth.

Depending on which website you believe, the odds of two holes in one in the same round vary from ten million to one to 67m to one.

Bognor golfers have had a marvellous run in the Sussex inter-club senior foursomes knockout competition, the Cyril Blake Cup.

Having won at home against the The Nevill and Dale Hill and away at Holtye and West Hove, the team won their semi-final against one of the favourites, East Sussex National, at the second extra hole.

In the final their opponents were Worthing GC, the holders of the cup. Bognor lost an extremely close match 3-1.

Scores: Don McLeod & Jim Catt lost 2 down, Derek Dady & Roland Heath lost 1 down, Simon Watts & Peter Lott lost 2&1, Ron Stevens & Gary Steventon won 3&2.

It was only the second time Bognor had reached the main final, the other occasion being in 1976.

Three other players - Stuart Bell, David Burden and Rod Searle - contributed throughout the campaign.

Played for the first time this year the Hollymead Cup was sponsored by Michael Martin and the team at the Hollymead Residential Home, Felpham.

After 12 qualifying rounds, 30 took part in the medal final. Martin is a member of Bognor GC and won with a nett score of 63. Cameron Lang was second on 65 on countback from Jordan Vincent. Dave Wood was fourth on countback from Shaun Maskell.

Some 76 members took part in the seniors’ supper competition, playing off three-quarters handicap, organised by Bill Chick and Ron Allcott.

There were a number of particularly good scores. Winners were Bob Bennett and Norman Lee with 42 points on countback from three pairs - Gerry O’Neill and Jez White, David Chalmers and Doug Hamlett and John Richardson and Simon Bennett.

Fifth with 41 were Ken Catt and Dave Powell on countback from Peter McCormack and Roger Selway.

COWDRAY PARK

Following September’s competitions, the leaderboards for Cowdray Park seniors’ year-long competitions for the Carter Trophy and the Eclectic showed little movement.

In the Carter Trophy, Paul Owen has extended his lead over Ian Goodall and Wally Mitchell by virtue of his victory in the Stableford. Since joining from Hindhead, Owen admits he has been ‘digging up trees’ and has won two Stablefords, with two other top-ten places and had his handicap reduced to eight.

It will take two performances of Ryder Cup proportions from the runners-up to overtake him, with only two competitions remaining.

The top two in the Eclectic are Jan de Vries and Dave Lucking, but have been joined by John Newman on 58.5 points, only 0.5 behind the leader. Some 13 players are covered by four points, and with Dave Gaff having jumped from 39th to ninth, it is possible another nail-biting finish could be in store.

Strong winds and torrential showers punctuated play in Cowdray Park seniors’ match at Ham Manor, where the visitors were looking for the double after beating Ham Manor 7-1 at home.

Cowdray found they were conceding shots to each pair of home players, and, under the circumstances did well to only lose the match 4½-3½.

The first two matches went to the home side before Graham Evans and seniors’ vice-captain Allen Sibley notched Cowdray’s first win by 3&1, followed by a half from David Heard and seniors’ captain Bill Hummerston.

The biggest win of the day came from Alan Godfree and Tony Castley, who won 6&5.

The final match provided another win for Cowdray from Ray Tucker and George Crouch, but it was not enough.

Results (Cowdray names first): Peter Burton & Jan de Vries lost to Bernard Jacob & Geoff Conlon 5&4; Ken Newberry & John Smith lost to Keith Wadeson & Bob Sadler 4&3; Allen Sibley & Graham Evans beat John Smith & Bob McCallum 3&1; David Heard & Bill Hummerston halved with Derek Duncanson & Brian Parncutt; Alan Godfree & Tony Castley beat Bob Hutchings & Brian Mitten 6&5; Gordon Kendall & Roger Poat lost to Mike Spooner & John Baker 2&1; Des White & Colin Tebbutt lost to Peter White & Ray Leggett 3&2; Ray Tucker & George Crouch beat Les Constable & Eric Holmes 3&1.

The seniors faced more amenable weather when playing in the bi-annual Texas scramble, featuring 14 groups of four.

Organiser Dave Hirons was in the first group out with Mel Milburn, John Friend and Eric Wood, hoping to reverse recent bad luck.

The team returned a creditable 63.1 points, but halfway through the day seniors’ captain Bill Hummerston’s team of Graham Thompson, David Imlach and Pat Bonner, who seems to thrive in this competition, returned 61.5 points to knock Hirons’ team off the top. Imlach’s putting was instrumental in this winning score.

Third were David Heard, John Sanderson, unable to repeat his recent hole-in-one heroics, George Crouch and Roy Hall with 63.7. Hirons is hoping his competition luck will change before the end of the year.

n The Cowdray ladies’ autumn invitation was held on a sunny, breezy and showery day organised by Myrna Heustice and Sally Williams. The format o was four-ball better-ball over 18 holes. The golf was followed by a meal and prizegiving.

Results: Sue Brown & guest Belinda Martin (Foxbridge) 45pts; Mandy Lucking & Caroline Hawkes (Chichester) 44; Solveig Burton & Heather Buckle (Littlehampton) 43. Best front nine: Stephanie Bevis & Carole Smith (Goodwood) 21; Best back nine: Tessa Stockwell & Alison Vans Agnew (The Dyke) 21; Nearest the pin, ninth, guest: Alison Vans Agnew; Nearest the pin, 11th, member: Ann Tyrrell.

SELSEY

The veterans’ sections of Selsey Golf Club and Southsea Golf Club have, since the start of the new millennium, competed annually for the Millennium Plate. It’s a four-ball better-ball matchplay competition consisting of four matches played alternately at each club during the summer.

Selsey veterans won the plate in its first year but have failed to do so since. After three matches in this year’s competition, the score was 10½-10½.

In the last game of the fourth match, with the score still tied at 13½-13½, it was left to the last pairings to determine the final outcome. Selsey won it 14½-13½.

The excitement in the clubhouse as the last pairs came on to the 18th green was just this year’s Ryder Cup.

Pictured are Southsea veterans’ captain Ray Standing, presenting the Millennium Plate to Selsey veterans’ captain David Tindale, with the teams who played in the final match.

AVISFORD PARK

The club medal winners were Michael Chitty in division two with a nett 67 and Timothy Grinstead in division one with 66. The midweek Stableford was won by Christopher May with 40 points.

The senior singles summer knockout was won by Brian Coughlan, with Albert Charman runner-up.

The seniors held a nine-hole competition to celebrate Stanley Burdfield’s 80th birthday. The winner was Brian Coughlan with 25 points, the runner-up Peter Brown with 19.