Bognor golfers glad to get back in the swing

Ron Stevens with Georgina McCormack and Berit Smallcorn
Ron Stevens with Georgina McCormack and Berit Smallcorn

After a couple of difficult months weather-wise, Bognor golfers agreed it was good to get back to playing again.

First up for the club was the captain’s drive-in, which attracted nearly 80 members for an 18-hole four-ball better-ball Stableford.

The course was in good condition considering the 26 inches of rain it had taken over two months. An evening presentation followed the game, and a good time was had by all.

Ron Stevens, this year’s captain, presented the prizes and said he hoped the bad weather had now passed.

Results: 1 Alan Badman & Doug Lowman 60pts, 2 Brian Bowditch & Stanley Riseborough 54, 3 Andy Frankling & Paul Brennan. Leading ladies: Georgina McCormack & Berit Smallcorn.

n Bognor seniors play in a four-club winter friendly competition, and finally after multiple postponements of most games at Bognor, Rowlands Castle, Waterlooville and Petersfield, Bognor made the trip to Waterlooville.

In a close-fought match, Waterlooville won 5-3. It was obviously too long a break for Bognor player Peter Lott, who arrived at Waterlooville only to discover he left his clubs at home.

Winners of their matches for Bognor were Chris Hickling and Barry Ingate, Steve King and David Turner and Jim Catt and Richard Hedge.

Beaten were Frank Hodder and Derek Whiting, Peter Lott and Alan Fitzgerald, Vic Ward and John Samain, Steve Flack and Hugh Diaper and Gary Steventon and Clive Millett.

COWDRAY PARK

Cowdray Park seniors held their hugely-popular Texas scramble under clear blue skies with uninterrupted sunshine.

Following overnight rain, which precluded the use of buggies on safety grounds, their new competitions secretary had hasty adjustments to make to cover the exclusion of those entrants who had required the use of buggies.

The competition involves teams of four drawn from the various levels of handicap to give a balanced look to the teams, which receive a ten per cent allowance of their combined handicap, with all four players being required to use four drives during the round.

If a team of only three takes part, different rules apply including a different shot allowance and this has provided the winning combination recently.

Second group out, consisting of Dave Hirons, Mick Folkes, Neville Gibbons and Wally Mitchell, set the target with an excellent score of 61.4. Immediately behind, a group of three - John Doran, Mike Nobes and David Manning - took the lead with 60.85.

No other subsequent group came to close to dislodging the leading two groups, until the final three-man group of new senior Martin Brine, Gary Strowbridge and David Tulip submitted the winning score of 60.7, and confirmed the success of three-man groups in recent scrambles.

A raffle for Prostate Cancer U.K raised £138.