Golf: Nassar open is a big draw for juniors at Chichester

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Thomas Thurloway from Mannings Heath Golf Club triumphed in the annual NA Al Nassar Chichester Junior Open on the Cathedral Course.

A total of 30 junior golfers from 16 golf clubs around Sussex competed on what was a very challenging day because of the previous day’s rain, which made the Cathedral course play its full length.

The wind freshened as the day progressed, which meant skills would be tested.

The youngest golfer competing was Lille-Beau Thorpe from Cowdray Park, who is only seven and carded a very creditable 116-39-77 and just missed out on winning a prize.

Even in difficult conditions the winners of the nearest-the-pin prizes managed to hit their winning shots very close to the hole.

The winners were Jack Holmwood (Mannings Heath) on the fourth, Josh Dance (Cottesmore) on the sixth, Chris Meredith (Highwoods) on the 13th and Alfie Hutton (Pyecombe) on the 15th.

In the three handicap divisions, no-one broke par, which proved how challenging conditions were.

Winners and runners-up: Div 3 (13 handicap and above): 1 George Bingham (Bognor) 73 nett; 2 James Woosley (Bognor) 74; Div 2 (6 to 12 handicap): 1 William Townsend (Worthing) 78; 2 Billy Aspital (Selsey) 80; Div 1 (0 to 5 handicap): 1 George Mitchell (Beauport Park) 82, 2 Ali Crunden (Mannings Heath) 83.

The NA Al Nassar Trophy is presented to the lowest gross scores. Winner was Thomas Thurloway (Mannings Heath) with 81 gross,

second was Tom Bailey (Chartham Park) on 82 and third was Adam Moore (Worthing) on 84.

Junior organiser Tony Westwood was very impressed with the quality of the golf and the number of entries was slightly higher than previous years.

The plan is to make the event even bigger next year.

Are you new to the area or golf, want to know more about membership, interested in holding a society golf day or dusting off your clubs and organising a golf lesson?

If so, the Chichester Golf Club open day on Sunday, April 28, is the perfect opportunity to come and see what they have to offer.

Staff will run a hole-in-one competition to win a car - all you have to do is book a tee time on the Tower course for your chance to drive away in a brand-new Honda Insight.

There will be putting competitions and Tri Golf, along with a colouring and free crazy golf competition for the younger golfers. Or you can try your hand at our unique par-three football (look for it on YouTube), also to win prizes.

You can also meet Tony Westwood, the club’s head pro, who will be demonstrating his skills in two great golf shows.

There are also some offers available on the day, including golf on either course for just £20 a round. Join as a full member on the day and the joining fee will be waived.

There will be offers for younger members and privilege cardholders.

You can register now at www.chichestergolf.com to secure a free goodie bag worth £50.

BOGNOR

Bognor seniors’ start to their summer season was delayed by the weather but arrived in the form of back-to-back wins at Littlehampton and at home to Royal Winchester.

Despite bitter conditions on the links at Littlehampton, the Bognor team produced some stellar golf and won 6½-3½.

The following day on their own course, Bognor’s team included six of those who had survived the trip to Littlehampton and

were hardy enough to play again.

The Bognor pairs did not lose a match, winning 6½-1½, with three matches halved.

The outstanding performers over the two days were Peter McCormack and John Owen, who halved their Littlehampton match and won against Royal Winchester. They both claimed to have enjoyed every minute of both days, something hotly disputed by both team-mates and opposition!

Results (v Littlehampton): David Turner & Mike Wilson lost 4&3, Clive Millet & Alastair MacDonald lost 1 down, John Owen & Ken Catt won 3&2, Jim Catt & John King won 2&1, Andy Bence & Peter McCormack won 3&2, Bob Wilson & David Hollis won 7&6, Ian

Simpson & John Woodhead won 1 up, Rob Redmond & Tony Wells halved, Richard Hedge & Denis Burke won 6&4, Gary Steventon and Roger Selway lost 3&2.

(v Royal Winchester): David Turner & Roger Selway halved, David Burden & Barry Ingate won 7&5, Peter Lott & Hugh Diaper won 4&3, Clive Millett & Alastair MacDonald halved, John Owen & Peter McCormack halved, Barry Appleby & Trevor Till won 4&3,

Barry Vanstone & Peter Collins won 1 up, Stephen King & Mike Wadley won 4&3.

A ladies’ Stableford was held on wet ground at Bognor and some players posted very creditable scores.

Results: Silver - 1 Sophie James 39pts, 2 Sian Sotherton 38, 3 Dora Vaughan 37; Bronze A - 1 Debbie Fenton 33 (cb), 2 Jill Gill 33 (cb), 3 Jane Russell 30; Bronze B - 1 Jan Ireland 37, 2 Brigitta Paul 26, 3 Frances Paine 25.

COWDRAY PARK

During the winter, Cowdray Park’s Winter League team defeated Puttenham twice on their way to winning the Surrey & West Sussex Winter League title.

Consequently. this early-season visit of Cowdray Park seniors to the home of the Puttenham Pilgrims gave the home team a chance to earn a little revenge for their club - which they did, winning 6-1.

Cowdray fielded a strong side, including three single-figure handicappers, but the concession of shots and the local knowledge of the home players on their quirky course proved insurmountable for the visitors.

The only winning duo for Cowdray Park were the experienced Peter Hallt and David Manning, who prevailed by one hole up, and none of the remaining matches were particularly close.

Results (Cowdray names first): Bill Brownlee & Rob Doney lost to John Scott & Tony Luscombe 4&3; Ian Goodall & David Imlach lost to Jack Poole & David Hart 6&4; Brian Brockhurst & Clive Brine lost to Paul Ansell & Ian Colori 3&2; Dave Lucking & Gary Strowbridge lost to Malcolm Holland & Adrian Clarke 5&3; Peter Hallt & David Manning beat Norman Pavey & Eric Kennedy 1 up; John Doran & Colin Tebbutt lost to Terry Pettitt & Martin Williams 3&2; Dave Hirons & Ken Newberry lost to Danny Waters & Duncan Jack 3&2.

Spring showed itself briefly in time for Cowdray Park seniors’ first medal competition of the year. There was a hint of sunshine and one member sported shorts, although it was not as warm as it appeared.

Sixty-one seniors, including latest recruit Terry Adsett, competed for the Heard Tankard, with a trophy donated by member David Heard.

Scoring was good considering the heavy overnight rain, which took the sting out of the course, although the greens were still difficult to judge.

In the second group out, veteran Ken Marjoram showed he was fully recovered from the series of major operations he has undergone in recent years and is now back to challenge for honours.

His excellent score of 79 (nett 64) proved the winning score of the day, although Mike Burgess found his big-hitting suited to the rain-dampened ground and also returned with a nett 64 (gross 80), only to lose out by half a point on back-nine countback. Both players were hit with a two-shot handicap reduction.

Last year’s seniors’ captain Bill Hummerston returned his best score for some time - 79 (nett 66), and, along with Marjoram, Harvey Terry and Derek Smith, was one of the four lowest gross scorers.

Further excellent scores came from Peter Laws (nett 67), Frank Cheevers (67) and Terry (68), all earning handicap reductions, while Bill Brownlee returned a nett 68 but held his handicap. Only six twos were recorded - by Terry and John Doran on the third, Jan de Vries and Pat Harrison on the ninth and Clive Strudwick and Terry Adsett on the 17th.

Results: Winning net scores - 1 Ken Marjoram 64 (cb), 2 Mike Burgess, 3 Bill Hummerston 66, 4 Peter Laws 67, 5 Frank Cheevers 67, 6 Bill Brownlee 68, 7 Harvey Terry 68.

AVISFORD PARK

The order of merit knockout finals were played this weekend. The winner of division one was Richard Keates and the runner-up was Lee Passey. In division two, Robert Wood was the winner ahead of Rob Baker.

In the club monthly medal, division-one winner was Dave Rudman with nett 67 and in division two, Andy Kinchin won with 68.

The senior Stableford division-one winner was Gerry Tarrant with 40 points while the division-two winner was Brian Comber with 39.

The midweek roll-up saw John Carter win with 38 points. The weekend roll-up winner was Jimmy Christy with 41.