Golf ladies fire well in Shotgun Trophy

Ladies line up for the Shotgun Trophy at Bognor
Ladies line up for the Shotgun Trophy at Bognor
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Sixty-two ladies played in the annual Shotgun Trophy competition at Bognor GC.

It is an 18-hole four-ball betterball competition playing for a trophy donated by Pru Moorcroft, a member for many years and ladies’ captain in 1990.

The sun was out and the course was stunning. Many twos were accomplished but the overall winners with a staggering 45 points were Heather Tidy and Sian Southerton, closely followed by Chloe Court and Wendy Johnson with 44.

Third with 42 was Sue Crossen and Sara Stoneham, fourth Nicola Holton and Debbie Fenton, fifth Mary Adames and Margaret Martin.

The trophy was presented by ladies’ captain Lyne Watson as Pru was unable to attend.

Bognor seniors have had some excellent results in the numerous opens taking place around West Sussex and Hampshire in recent weeks.

The overall winners with a staggering 45 points were Heather Tidy and Sian Southerton.

Mike Oates and David Turner came a creditable third in the Littlehampton’s men’s pairs open with 39 points on a windy day.

Ron Stevens won Rowlands Castle’s seniors’ open with a magnificent 41 points, two points ahead of the nearest challenger, with Roger Selway winning his division and Paul Irish coming third in his age group.

It’s good to see Bognor’s participation in these open events is growing.

More than 80 players took part in Bognor’s seniors’ invitation, fast becoming a not-to-be-missed event. Bill Chick and Ron Allcott have run this competition for many years and in a great tribute to Ron, his son Gary from Tyrells Wood GC won with his Bognor partner Miller Stevenson with an excellent score of 44 points.

In second were Bognor’s Rolly Heath and his partner Peter Smith from Burley; third Ivan Towse from Bognor and his partner Pat Turner from Littlehampton. Club captain Simon Watts presented the prizes, including one to himself for closest to the pin on the fifth hole.

Forty players took part in the men’s midweek Stableford and the winner with 41 points was Peter Lott, ahead of Roger Leverton with 39 and Roger Selway with 38.

COWDRAY PARK

Cowdray Park seniors’ match manager for the Pyecombe fixture, Roy Penrose, maintained his incredible record with the eighth consecutive home win when his team won 6½-1½ and completed a quick-fire double over their opponents, with 15 of the 16 Cowdray players appearing in both matches.

Matches between these two clubs are among the most popular in the calendar at either club.

In the lead match, Roy Penrose paired up with Ken Marjoram for a win. After six holes they were all square but then they won six and halved one of the next seven to overpower their opponents 6&5.

David Heard and Chris Hoare were pegged back from four up early on by two dogged opponents to end their match all square.

David Tilley and George Crouch met some fierce opposition from Nigel Greg and Peter Moore, who proved too strong on the day and achieved the visitors’ only success.

In the final match, Peter Laws and Maurice Watts, the current top two in the Veterans’ Cup, continued their good run of form to ease to a comfortable 4&3 win and complete the home side’s victory.

Results (Cowdray names first): Roy Penrose & Ken Marjoram beat Geoff Webb & Martin Sutcliffe 6&5; Derek Smith & Martin Brine beat Chris Muschamp & Ted Whitbourn 3&2; David Heard & Chris Hoare halved with Duncan Campbell & Peter Ferns; Nick Austin & Howard Morley beat Aubrey Watson & Gordon Gosling 5&4; Terry Adsett & Mike Cardiff beat Martin Avis & Peter Gavin 3&1; David Tilley & George Crouch lost to Nigel Greg & Peter Moore 4&3; John Doran & Sam Howes beat Maurice Woolgar & Tom Oliver 2&1; Peter Laws & Maurice Watts beat Graham Tate & Tom Nutley 4&3.

AVISFORD PARK

Avisford Park seniors have a good record of supporting local charities. In his year of captaincy David Feist chose Chestnut Tree House, which provides hospice and home care for children with life-threatening illnesses.

The work of the centre is greatly valued by the families, but it comes at a great cost. During 2014, Avisford seniors were able to raise £1,000.

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