Golf ladies take up invitation at Chichester

The winners of the Chichester GC ladies' invitation event
The winners of the Chichester GC ladies' invitation event

Chichester Golf Club ladies’ Invitation Day saw nine teams of three play a bowmaker in lovely weather. The winning team with a magnificent 85 points was Margaret Leigh, Yvonne Dunckley and Denise Pratt.

Two teams tied for second with a score of 76. On countback, second place went to Elaine Fell, Jennifer Sherwood and Nicky Terry, who scored 38 on the back nine.

Third were Caroline Hawkes, Fiona Walsh and Carol Smith, who scored 37 on the back nine.

Congratulations go to Caroline Hawkes who, during round one of the seniors’ club championship, had a hole in one on the sixth hole on the Cathedral course. She went on to win the championship.

The Chi ladies’ division-three team, captained by Fiona Walsh, have made it through to the play-offs for the second year running.

Chichester hosted the Longest Day Challenge where teams of golfers played four rounds of golf in one day and raised money for the Macmillan Trust.

Congratulations go to Caroline Hawkes who, during round one of the seniors’ club championship, had a hole in one on the sixth hole on the Cathedral course.

The weather was unpredictable but this did not dampen their enthusiasm to complete 72 holes played on both the Tower course and the Cathedral course. Some even chose to make the challenge a bit harder by walking rather than taking a buggy!

There wasn’t much time to sit and relax between each round, playing 300 shots in 14-and-a-half hours and almost 20 miles of walking. Members from sister course Hill Barn (pictured) reached £1000 – a fantastic achievement.

Chichester GC welcomed 67 keen and enthusiastic students from St Philip Howard Catholic School. Teachers and students both enjoyed a fun-filled day of activities, food and coaching.

All students were spilt in to groups and took part in playing 18 holes of adventure golf and 18 holes of footgolf and were given buckets of balls on the driving range while receiving guidance and tips from their resident teaching professional Mark Wood.

Chichester have various packages available for groups of ten or more and will be running summer camps for all ages - an ideal opportunity to get people together and provide lasting memories and friendships.

For more details on group bookings contact Jo Ayling on 01243 536666 or email jo.ayling@chichestergolf.com

For information on summer camps and coaching contact Mark Wood on 07796 271661 or email mark@markwoodgolfacademy.co.uk

Chichester veterans played their Summer Trophy, sponsored by Colin Lindsell’s Royal Garden Hotel, and most completed their rounds in the dry.

It was a blustery day and after the recent rain, the course played long which kept the scores down – with only two players achieving par.

Mike Hunter played well for his 35 points to be the early leader but he was immediately followed by Robert Stainsby, who went one better.

Stainsby was to rue his final hole, where he didn’t score, while John Galvin played steadily to score 36 and his back nine of 18 was enough to win the trophy .

Chi GC veterans played their inaugural home match against Meon Valley and the sun broke through to provide pleasant, breezy conditions .

It was all square after the first three matches but Norman Moore and Gordon Williams had a resounding 6&5 victory and with the last two pairs squeezing home for a 4½-1½ win to Chichester .

Scores: J Robertson & P Collyer halved; D Galloway & M Skinner won 5&4; R Stainsby & J Paul lost 2&1; N Moore & G Williams won 6&5; C Goldsmid & R Chandler won 2&1; B Santer & N Wood won 1 up.

A fine victory over Avisford Park at home – 4½-1½ – featured a big win for captain Jim Robertson and his vice-captain Nigel Wood by 6&5, but at Brighton & Hove, the veterans were soundly beaten, achieving just half a point from the six matches.

COWDRAY PARK

Cowdray seniors entertained The Dyke and Mike Hughes, standing in as their match captain Derek Smith, was pleased with a 5½-2½ win for his side.

Hughes and Mike Briant were up against Ray Dennett and Eryl Williams. The Cowdray pair made a blistering start, winning six of the first seven holes, aided by some bad luck for the visitors.

The visitors fought back but two excellent pressure putts from Briant secured a 3&2 win.

Cowdray were 3-2 up after completion of matches teeing off at the first. Mike Cardiff and Bill Hummerston extended the lead with a two-up win, with Hummerston recording two birdies and seven pars.

John Blockey and George Crouch guaranteed victory for the home side with a 3&2 win before the scoring was completed with a half in the final match.

Results: (Cowdray names first): Mike Hughes & Mike Briant beat Ray Dennett & Eryl Williams 3&2; David Wickham & Rob Knight beat Tom Bishop & Neil Palmer 2 up; Mark Kelly & Barry Overington lost to Peter Morgan & Barry Thomas 5&4; Ian Heustice & Eric Bounton lost to Barry Green & John Boucher 2&1; Roger Poat & Colin Tebbutt beat David Johnson & Peter Faulkner 3&1; Mike Cardiff & Bill Hummerston beat Dave Barber & Roger Brown 2 up; John Blockey & George Crouch beat Graham Willis & Jeremy Buckwell 3&2; Graham Evans & Mike Holden halved with Barrie Moody & Doug Sinfield.

Cowdray seniors travelled to Pyecombe having lost only one of the previous 16 meetings between the clubs, but this time the home side edged home 4½-3½.

The lead match, featuring team captains Chris Muschamp (Pyecombe) and Roy Penrose finished in an honourable half, although Penrose and Sam Howes found themselves four up at halfway before the home duo found their games and edged their way back into the game before winning the final hole.

Brothers-in-law Brian Brockhurst and Mick Folkes combined well for a win by two up. The home side showed their form with three wins to go 3½-1½ up.

Cowdray had wins from Ian Heustice and David Wickham (3&2) and Ken Marjoram and John Blockey (2 up) to level the match but Terry Adsett and Barry Overington were unable to keep the momentum going and were edged out narrowly by the home pair 2&1 to give overall victory to the hosts.

Results: Roy Penrose & Sam Howes halved: Brian Brockhurst & Mick Folkes won 2 up; Terry Jasper & Mike Cardiff lost 3&2; Chris Hoare & George Crouch lost 3&2; John Smith & Wally Mitchell lost 1 down; Ian Heustice & David Wickham won 3&2; Ken Marjoram & John Blockey won 2 up; Terry Adsett & Barry Overington lost 2&1.

Cowdray ladies held a Stableford, with 33 ladies competing on a beautiful July day.

Results: Div 1 - 1 Jill Parry 37pts; 2 Judy Stillwell 36; 3 Fiona Sapsworth 34. Div 2 - 1 Kate O’Kelly 35; 2 Margaret Hoare 35; 3 Margaret Curwood 33. Div 3 - 1 Catherine Staples 39; 2 Helen Silver 35; 3 Caroline Haynes 32.

Cowdray Park won through to the semi-final of the Sussex Golf Union’s Cyril Blake Cup with a 2½-1½ victory over visitors Crowborough Beacon.

Alan Gormley and Sean Gallagher got the team off to a good start with a win, followed by a hard-fought half from Dave Balfour and Dave Hirons.

Crowborough levelled with a win in match three before Harvey Terry and Dave Lucking put the match to bed with a win on the 17th.

In the semi-final, Cowdray Park have been drawn against Seaford, with the tie to be played at The Dyke, Brighton, on July 25, and they are hoping to attract a band of supporters to encourage their side.

Cowdray Park’s monthly medal provided another set of winners in each of the three divisions, but by far the most spectacular was division two’s David Hayward’s winning nett score of 63.

He notched seven pars and four birdies to earn a handicap reduction. After four pars on the front nine, he really exploded on the back nine, starting with a par on the 11th before birdieing 13, 14, 16 and 17 and parring 15 and 18.

In division one, excellent scores of 66 from Laurence Dixon and Steve White paled into insignificance against such a performance while in division three, 28-handicapper Tim Crow led the way with 67 to have his handicap reduced to 27.

Leading scores: Div 1: 66 Laurence Dixon, Steve White, 68 Steve Judd, Sean Gallagher; 69 Guy Goodens, Darren Clarke. Div 2: 63 David Hayward, 70 Richard Whitcomb; 73 Martin West, Adam Exall; Div 3: 67 Tim Crow; 70 Paul Silver; 72 Stephen West; 73 Micky Shotter.

Cowdray Park’s new club champion is Todd White following scores of 73 and 72 the previous weekend. He will now be playing off a new low handicap of three.

SELSEY

Selsey’s men won 3.5-2/5 away to Chichester.

Later the men’s section held their club championship over 36 holes in wind and, at times, steady rain.

The course was in excellent condition thanks to groundstaff duo Martin Kaye and Roger Cawte.

Malcolm Cawte won the Cchampionship again with a scratch score of 149 – the 16th time he has won the championship. Billy Aspital was runner-up with a scratch score of 151.

The Rackstraw Handicap Cup was won by Gregg Krijgsman with a nett score of 144. Runner-up was Cawte with a nett 145.

On a wet and humid Saturday, men’s captain Tony Nelson held his Captain’s Day. Despite the weather there was a good turnout.

A Stableford played off scratch was won by Peter Meakins with a score of 38, ahead of Brian Platt with 36 and Simon Rishman on 34.

The men held a medal competition, played in two divisions. Division one was won by Simon Rishman with 79 (nett 66) and the runner-up was Paul Hinshelwood with 78 (68). Billy Asptial had the lowest gross score of 72 (nett 69).

BOGNOR

Andy Brown won the Bert Reid Trophy, Bognor’s 36-hole medal competition, with gross scores of 69 and 69 to give a two-under-par total of 138. Tom Stoneham came second with a level-par 140 with Olly Longlands third with scores of 72 and 71.

Stoneham’s scores were nett 65 and 67, good enough to win the Bert Reid Plate from runner-up Longlands with 67 and 66.

Matthew Reynolds won the William Hardwick Cup with 42 points – his first competition win at the club. Graham Halliday and Cliff Willis came second and third with 39 points.

Eighty Bognor seniors entered the four-ball team event, held on a glorious day. It was superbly managed by David Turner and all prizes were awarded by seniors’ captain Jim Catt.

Chris Martin scored a hole in one on the fifth – 60 years after his first hole in one on the same hole when he was 15 years old, playing with his mother in the Gilligan Mixed Pairs.

Team winners with a score of 126 points were Joe Flanagan, Trevor Woodland, Mike Garrigam and Tony Wells. In second place with 121 were Tony Sutherland, Andy Bence, Ernest Bridger and Barry Forey. Third with 119 were Chris Jenkinson, Derek Dady, Bill Houlton and club captain Chris Hickling.

Catt presented the Woody Trophy to Peter McCormack – his playing partner Bob Young was absent on holiday. The Reg Pain Trophy was handed to David Chalmers.

Bognor seniors entertained Corhampton in a match only decided by the last pairs game.

Corhampton won that pair to win a close-fought contest 5-3 – the same score Bognor had lost by at Corhampton a few weeks earlier.

Results: Jim Catt & Ian Bright halved, Mike Wadley & Hugh Diaper lost 8&6, Barry Ingate & Barry Vanstone lost 1 down, Rob Walker & Dave Chalmers lost 2&1, Andy Isitt & Mike Matthews won 3&2, Mike Oates & Ray Leggett won 3&1, Trevor Till & Clive Millett halved, David Turner & Peter Collins lost 2&1.

AVISFORD PARK

Avisford Park GC invited ladies from a range of clubs in the south to take part in their ladies’ open day, in which 36 players participated.

Overall winner was Lynne Collins, a member of Avisford Park, with 34 points. Runner-up was Sue Royce (Cuckfield GC) with 31 and third was Maureen Selway (Chichester GC) on 30.

Best front nine score was Jane Buckley (Chichester GC) with 19 points and best back nine was Jan Ostrom (Rowlands Castle) with 18s.

Nearest the pin on the second hole was Lynne Collins and nearest the pin on the 13th was won by Cherry Williams (Avisford Park).

The ladies enjoyed afternoon tea before the presentation.

GOODWOOD

The Peter Cooper Motor Group has helped put a young golfer in the driving seat.

Eighteen-year-old Marco Penge is driving a brand-new Volkswagen Polo thanks to the support of the Peter Cooper.

Penge, currently 70th best amateur in the world, is the top-rated young golfer at his age in the country. He plays at Goodwood and has been a scratch golfer since turning 13. He is now looking to break into the top 50.

He is looking to go up another gear and turn professional in the next two years.

Penge said: “I’ve got some clear goals and a big thank-you to Darren Cooper and everyone at the Peter Cooper Motor Group for supporting me with this car to help realise my ambition. It makes a big difference getting around the country comfortably.

“Obviously I want to play in the majors and win tournaments going forward, but there’s a long road ahead and plenty of practice!”

Darren Cooper of the motor group added: “We are delighted to be able to support a young British up and coming golfer in Marco. We will watch his progress with great interest going forward.”

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