Golf: Goodwood ladies claim county prize

The Goodwood ladies who won division three

The Goodwood ladies who won division three

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The Sussex County Ladies’ Golf Association held their inter-club championship finals at Royal Eastbourne Golf Club – and a team from Goodwood were among the winners.

The event is the culmination of six months of competition for golfers of all handicaps representing 40-plus Sussex clubs.

The winners of division one were Pyecombe while division two’s victors were Haywards Heath.

In division three, 38 clubs competed and the final saw some very tight matches between Goodwood and Singing Hills. Goodwood’s team of Jo Dyson, Anita White, Judy Manktelow, Kate Donaldson, Jill Richardson, Rosie Hoare and Jo Johnson won it.

Division-four champions were Hill Barn.

For the seventh successive year, Goodwood members, their guests and visitors will turn back the clock almost 100 years to compete in the annual Revival Golf Challenge with original hickory-shafted clubs dressed in formal period costumes.

More than 70 golfers are expected to take part in the 18-hole event this Friday, September 12, on the James Braid-designed Downs course, which celebrates 100 years of golf this year.

In fact the event has established itself as a tribute to the great man who won five Open championship titles over a ten-year period and made an enormous impact on the game during the Edwardian era.

The Goodwood members will leave their graphite clubs and modern-day golf bags at home in favour of pencil-thin carry bags filled with brassies, spoons and niblicks with whippy shafts and small persimmon heads which all proved far less forgiving than their modern-day counterparts.

The legendary James Braid, who designed more than 200 courses in his illustrious career, was also known for his trademark tweed cap and Norfolk jacket, always worn with a collar and tie, symbols of his respect for the game which will be donned by members on the day.

Stuart Gillett, general manager at Golf At Goodwood, said: “It really is a memorable and charming day with everyone being transported back in time to a special golfing era. It is a hugely-popular event and we look forward to running it for many years to come in conjunction with the Goodwood Revival motorsport meeting.”

The 18-hole greensome event will get under way on the championship Downs course with a shotgun start at 8.30am followed by prizegiving including best dressed and best team scores.

A two-course lunch will be served after your round and you will be transported to the Goodwood Revival around 2.30pm for an afternoon of motor-racing and stunning 1940s atmosphere at the world’s most popular historic motor-racing meet.

The cost of the day is 12 credits for credit members, seven credits for Braid members and £75 for non-members.

Also being played over Revival weekend is the Goodwood Revival Trophy on Sunday, September 14 – a full handicap individual Stableford event also played with hickory clubs.

BOGNOR

Bognor ladies had fun on their members’ day, playing in fancy dress based on West End Shows past and present.

The best-dressed team were Georgina McCormack, Kay Dady, Sheila Hendrick and Sue Crossen, aka the kids from Fame. Second was the Wizard of Oz team and third The Usherettes.

The Fame girls also had the winning score of 82 points (on countback) but the prizes were shared around.

Also on 82 points were Singing in the Rain (Berit Smallcorn, Janet Weeks, Kay Walker and Liz Quinton). With 81 (on countback) were Oliver (Gill Twyford, Denise Pratt, Jane Russell and Penny Entecott) and Wizard of Oz (Eileen Morris, Mary Hardy, Di Crook and Margaret Delves). Janet Weeks achieved a hole in one on the tenth.

Bognor GC were proud to hold the third Daniel Hoare charity fun day, which started with 132 people playing golf. They included members of Bognor and visitors from Worthing, Littlehampton, Hill Barn, Ham Manor and Rustington.

The weather was excellent and as they played down the 18th hole they were greeted by the Fabulous Tomato Brothers playing on the patio.

The golf was followed by a barbecue.

The competition was a fourball team event with three Stableford scores to count per hole. It was also a bogey-ball event so one out of the four scores had to count on each hole.

Third with 120 points were the Dreamteam, the winners of the event in 2012, consisting of Jake Stoneham, Scott Bingham, George Bingham and James Woosley. Second, with 122, were the No Idea’ team comprising Chris Lovell, Matt Nelmes, Phil Lee and Paul Cooper.

The winners were Team Carnage – Nathan Parke, Liam Maskell, Shaun Maskell and Jack Bingham. They scored a fantastic 123 points.

Friends and family of Daniel – who was a popular young member of the club until his untimely sudden death a few years ago – were invited to join in the evening entertainment.

Golf prizes were presented by Donald Hoare, Daniel’s father. A charity auction raised a fantastic £1,355. There was a nearest the pin blind sweep on the fifth hole, raising £550. A raffle boosted the fund and people were offered the chance to sponsor a hole, which raised £450.

The total amount raised was £3,850 which will go to the British Heart Foundation. Over three years, a magnificent £10,500 has been netted in memory of Daniel.

Bognor men played in the Philip Salver foursomes and in a tight contest the first three places were separated by just half a point. Winners were Alastair Murray and Trevor Ridges with 86 gross, 70 nett. Second on countback were Rob Redmond and Andy Wiggins (83/70), third Paul Archer and Roger Leverton (82/70.5).

Bognor seniors hosted local rivals Selsey on a glorious day and won 6½-1½.

Results: Barry Ingate & Gary Steventon won 2 up, Roger Horton & Steve King halved, Alan Fitzgerald & Alastair MacDonald lost 4&3, Ken Catt & Brian Madgwick won 2&1, Frank Hodder & Mike Wilson won 2up, Peter Collins & John King won 2&1, Allan Delves & Chris Hickling won 6&5, Hugh Diaper & Vic Ward won 1up.

COWDRAY PARK

Following an away defeat to Hindhead Stags earlier in the season, Cowdray seniors were hopeful of reversing the result in the return match. But the visitors fielded a strong team and won 6-2.

The first match featured a re-match between David Laver and David Tilley, who were victors in the away game, and Andy Simms and Douglas Butler. This time the Hindhead pair exacted revenge by beating their hosts 2&1.

Cowdray drew level through an excellent win from Keith Chapman and Martin Brine by one up, courtesy of a stunning 30ft putt on the final green from Martin Brine.

Then the heavy hitters from Hindhead took over, winning the next five matches, three of them by one up.

Consolation for Cowdray came with a win for Alan Robinson and Mike Hughes by 2&1. Seniors’ captain Brian Brockhurst answered an 11th-hour call when John Durrell was injured in an accident the previous evening.

Match manager David Laver accepted they were beaten by a better side.

Results (Cowdray names first): David Laver & David Tilley lost to Andy Simms & Douglas Butler 2&1; Keith Chapman & Martin Brine beat John Vart & Muir Richmond 1up; Wally Mitchell & Ian Goodall lost to Eddie Gulliver & Malcolm Carter 6&4; Brian Carpenter & Phil Morris lost to Alan Snowball & Jack Buchanan 1dn; Brian Brockhurst & Bernie May lost to Clint Gunning & Clive Barter 1dn; John Stone & Gary Strowbridge lost to Mike Abbott & Joe Harden 1dn; Clive Brine & Ken Newberry lost to Terry Garland & John Rush 4&3; Alan Robinson & Mike Hughes beat John Shrewsbury & Georgio Boggio 2&1.

AVISFORD PARK

The seniors’ championship took place on a dry, breezy day. For some reason, players found the course difficult although it was in good shape. A total of 32 players entered and there were two players ahead of the pack. With a gross score of 85, seniors’ captain David Feist (14) triumphed just ahead of Martin Crick (10) who he beat on countback. Dependable Colin Payne (14) came third with a gross score of 89.

Michael Turner (27) also had a successful morning – he was awarded the top handicap prize with a nett score of 71 and was the only player to have his handicap reduced as a result of the morning’s play.

Avisford Park held their biggest club competition of the year, the club championship, over 36 holes across two days.

With the course set out at its toughest and mixed with blustery conditions, scoring proved very difficult.

Danny Carter won the scratch championship for the sixth time, with a two-round total of 156 with Russell Evershed finishing second with a two-round total of 161.

Carter shot a 77 on day one and a 79 on day two, the only player to break 80 for both days, while Evershed came back well after shooting a disappointing 85 on day one to hit the lowest score of the weekend on day two with a score of 75.

Phil Froggatt won the handicap championship with a fantastic five under par two-round total of 135, with Jayson Walker finishing second with a very respectable total of 143.

The ladies’ championship saw Jayne Hardwell triumph with a superb one under par nett score of 71, with Lynne Collins second with 74.

Robert Boulter has been asked and has agreed to be club captain for 2014-15. Members and club bosses thanked Mick Mills for his captaincy and his help and support over his year.

The new captain has chosen to support two charities – St Wilfrid’s Hospice and St Barnabas.