Holes in one mean it’s prize time for Richard and James

Lady captain's day at Cowdray Park Golf Club
Lady captain's day at Cowdray Park Golf Club

TWO golfers have received limited-edition BOSS watches after hitting holes in one.

Richard Histed, 79, a 16 handicapper, scored his ace on the 110-yard 11th at Cowdray Park.

James Maclean, 23, who plays off five, holed his tee shot on the 132-yard fifth at Bognor Regis.

The watches are part of a scheme with golfing website HowDidiDo, when players holing in one in competitive plays receive the watch – an initiative that could cost the German manufacturers up to £1m.

Cowdray Park

Cowdray Park’s seniors were left disappointed when their match at Littlehampton was called off because of bad weather.

But two days later, they played host to the same opponents under a blue sky and blazing sunshine.

The first two Cowdray pairs out, David Tilley and Peter Burton, met two players in stunning form, going down 4&3. The visitors quickly went 2-0 up, courtesy of a stunning putting performance.

Dave Lucking and Roy Penrose began the fightback for the hosts with a 4&3 win, followed quickly by wins from Bill Hummerston and Rob Doney (3&2) and Peter Hallt and Gary Strowbridge (4&3) to give the home side a 3-2 lead from matches teeing off at the first.

The matches beginning at the 17th yielded wins from Roger Poat and Philip Singer (4&2) and Pat Harrison and Terry Adsett (also 4&2), and a half from Chris Hoare and Mike Cardiff to give the home team a 5½-2½ win after their disastrous start.

Result: (Cowdray Park names first): David Tilley & Peter Burton lost to Alan Hunt & Mike Harris 4&3; John Newman & Keith Chapman lost to Bob Taylor & Rob Davidson 6&4; Dave Lucking & Roy Penrose beat Lex Willis & Roger Skillin 4&3; Bill Hummerston & Rob Doney beat Graham McDavid & Graham Ball 3&2; Peter Hallt & Gary Strowbridge beat Andrew Dobson & Ron Ghosh 4&3; From 17th tee: Roger Poat & Philip Singer beat Peter Huggett & Derrick Simpson 4&2; Chris Hoare & Mike Cardiff halved with John Varney & Peter Mann; Pat Harrison & Terry Adsett beat Stuart Reid & Bill Gray 4&2. Cowdray Park 5½ West Sussex 2½.

The club’s ladies’ section held a successful Ladies’ Open which attracted 26 teams of four playing a stableford competition, with the two best scores counting on each hole.

Results: Nearest the pin – 3rd, Sandy Fell (Singing Hills); 9th, Sang Porter (Chichester); 11th, Poo Adam (Royal Ashdown); 17th, Christine Staff (West Surrey). Best front nine, Caroline Hawkes, Kathy Donohoe, Sang Porter, Mary Lou Litten (Chichester); best back nine, Margaret Swatman, Meriel Jolley, Pauline Kirkman, Gail Fee (Cottesmore).

4th team prize: Lesley Lockwood, Christine Staff, Avril Harrison, Helen Riddy (West Surrey) 81.

3rd team prize: Sue Reynolds, Jean Withinshaw, Sian Roberts, Gina King (Cams Hill) 83.

2nd team prize: Poo Adam, Carolyn Aitken, Sue Rushworth, Julie Lumsdon (Royal Ashdown) 85.

1st team prize: Sandy Fell, Jill Miles, Linda Waphan, Sarah May (Singing Hills) 88.

Pat Wallace was delighted when she woke to discover the weather was going to be perfect for her Ladies’ Captain’s Day.

A total of 121 members took part in an individual stableford, enjoying the Pimm’s and nibbles served all day by Pat’s son and family. There was wine and more nibbles before the prize giving, when it was revealed £1,200 had been raised for Pat’s charity, Canine Partners.

Nearest the pin – Gents’ 3rd, Phil Cummins; Ladies’ 9th, Jean Barnett; Gents’ 17th, Ian McMath; Ladies’ 11th, Sue Brown.

Juniors: 1, Harvey Callow (37pts); 2, James Cracknell (28pts); 3, Ben Lucking (23pts).

Best score (past lady captain): Solveig Burton (37pts).

Seniors: 1, Mike O’Brien (38pts); 2, Peter Hallt (37pts); 3, Ralph Fanshawe (36pts).

Gents: Laurence Dixon (42pts); 2, Peter Harding (40pts); 3, Sean Gallagher (39pts).

Ladies: 1, Barbara Parker (40pts); 2, Tessa Stockwell (40pts); 3, Jane Holden (40pts); 4, Ann Tyrrell (39pts).

Cowdray hosted the Coronation Foursomes regional final which saw 100 pairs from ten counties fight for a place in the grand final at St Andrews. North Hants won the keenly-contested competition, with Leatherhead finishing second, just ahead of Ealing.

Cowdray’s Barbara Parker and Terry Hughes were runners-up in the county’s Jerdein Memorial Salver, beaten only by a pair from the host club Haywards Heath. A total of 55 teams took part.

You’ve got to be able to master all kinds of conditions to be in with a shout of taking the Veterans’ Cup.

The first round of matches were played in tropical conditions, while the second round at Cowdray Park saw temperature was in the low 20s, with a stiff breeze and intermittent squally showers.

Twenty-four qualifiers from the first round started in score order, with the leaders teeing-up last. One man who appreciated the change in conditions was early starter David Heard, an eight handicapper, who found the previous week’s hot weather too hot to handle, and just qualified on countback with 28 points.

This time, however, he showed his true form with an excellent score of 38 points, the day’s highest points haul.

Later Terry Jasper took the clubhouse lead with another consistent round of 36 points, to add to his first-round score of 33 points. He was soon overtaken by Terry Adsett (71pts) and the in-form Rob Knight (72pts), both finishing just behind the eventual overall winner, Dave Hirons (73pts).

Having battled through the pain barrier and intense heat the previous week with a leading score of 36 points, the top senior enhanced his position with another solid round of 37 points, to finish with a grand total of 73 points, and a place on the club’s winners’ board.

Leading round two scores: 1, David Heard (38pts); 2 (ocb), Terry Adsett (37pts); 3 (ocb), Rob Knight (37pts); 4 (ocb), Dave Hirons (37pts); 5 (ocb), Phil Harrison (36pts); 6 (ocb), Terry Jasper (36pts).

Organiser David Imlach has announced the raffle for the captain’s charity, the Mary How Trust, raised a total of £635, thanks in no small way to the efforts of lady members Solveig Burton and Margaret Curwood. A cheque for this amount, plus other money raised by the seniors, will be presented shortly to the charity by Seniors’ captain Allen Sibley.

Bognor

Bognor may have missed out on honours in the Summer Evening League, which saw Ham Manor take the honours by one point ahead of Cowdray Park.

But they did celebrate victory in the end-of-season 12-a-side greensomes stableford competition held before the presentation supper, kindly held this year by Cowdray Park.

On a glorious day, Bognor Regis pipped Cowdray Park to the trophy by four points, thanks to the efforts of team members Simon Watts (captain and Evening League organiser), Richard Beresford, John Lampard, James MacLean, Ian Paine, Richard Perry, Rob Redmond, Trevor Rich, Jim Stephenson, John Sullivan, Mark Watson and Bob Wilson.

The five teams competing in the Evening League were Bognor Regis, Cowdray Park, Ham Manor, Littlehampton and Worthing.

James Craig and Matthew Nelmes hit a gross 83 (nett 68.5) to win the Philips Salver Medal Foursomes, beating off the challenge of 31 other teams.

Ian Paine and Jim Stephenson (82 gross, nett 70) were second, ahead of Darren and Richard Longhurst (76 gross, nett 70).

The seniors picked up two wins in their latest three matches in the Men’s Midweek Stableford.

Bognor ran out impressive 6-2 winners at Rowlands Castle, an excellent result as the course was playing very tough with drying fairways and fast greens, A number of games were extremely close and could have gone either way.

Results: Roger Selway & Tony Wells won 1 up; Eric Payne & Clive Millett won 4&3; John Owen & Mike Wadley won 2&1; Trevor Till & Dennis Burke won 1 up; Brian Wolstencroft & Peter Collins lost 7&6; Andy Bence & Richard Kaemena won 2&1; Roger Leverton & Harry Layton lost 4&3; Alastair MacDonald & Vic Ward won 3&2.

Bognor ran out 4½-3½ winners at Ham Manor after a thrilling finale, which saw the last two pairs just getting the better of their opponents. The winning shot in the last match saw Richard Hedge’s chip and run go speeding across the green, only to hit the flag and drop into the hole to claim the match 1 up.

Results: David Turner & Peter Lott lost 3&2; Frank Hodder & Alastair MacDonald won 4&2; Mike Oates & Harry Layton won 4&2; John Owen & Tony Wells lost 2&1; Barry Appleby & Trevor Till lost 1 down; Alan Fitzgerald & Vic Ward halved; Roger Selway & Clive Millett won 3&2; Richard Hedge & Bryan Madgwick won 1 up.

Worthing proved just too strong for Bognor, clinching the final three matches to clinch a 5-3 victory.

Bognor captain Barry Vanstone, ably supported by Mike Wadley, won their match, as did the pairings of Clive Millett and Barry Ingate and David Lewis-Bowen and Alastair MacDonald.

Results: Barry Vanstone & Mike Wadley won 3&1; David Turner & Peter Collins lost 6&5; Clive Millett & Barry Ingate won 2&1; Andy Bence & Ernie Bridger lost 2&1; David Lewis-Bowen & Alastair MacDonald won 3&1; Frank Hodder & Bryan Madgwick lost 6&5; Barry Appleby & Derek Sheath lost 1 down; Trevor Till & John King lost 2&1.

* The Bognor Ladies’ division one team progressed to the semi-finals of the County Inter-Club Championship with a stunning 5-2 victory over The Nevill.

The Bognor team of Heather Tidy, Suzanne Taylor, Hayley Mackay, Caroline Pilbeam, Gill Harries, Bridget Samuels and Sian Southerton proved too strong for their opponents, to set up a semi-final against West Sussex or Ifield at East Brighton.

Avisford Park

Russ Evershed won the midweek roll-up an impressive tally of 42 points, while Terry Robinson took the honours in the Saturday roll-up with 41 points.

The three-club competition was won by Paul Napier-Raikes with 35 points, three points ahead of Harvey Burchell. The nearest-the-pin prizes went to Dan Bernhardt (2nd) and Mark Stafford (18th), while Russ Evershed was nearest the pin in two shots on the ninth.

The division one honours in the senior stableford went to Chris Machin with 38 points, with Brian Morgan taking the division two prize with 40 points.

Goodwood

Newly-crowned US Open champion Justin Rose made a surprise appearance at Goodwood’s first Golf Academy open day.

The world number three, who is Goodwood’s golf ambassador, joined the PGA coaching team to give more than 12 families, including 23 children, a memorable day.

Youngsters aged from four to 12 took part in the one-day event designed to encourage youngsters into the sport.

Led by Academy manager Ryan Fenwick, the day featured a series of activities including Tri Golf – using extra-light clubs and balls, making it ideal for very young children – putting, chipping, tutored coaching session and family competitions.

Each child received a certificate of participation and seven prizes were awarded for the winners of each activity and there was a star prize of a Goodwood flag, signed by Justin.

Also on hand to help throughout the day was Sussex captain Elodie Yates and Goodwood’s Amber Cockram, who both competed in the English Girls’ Amateur Championship.

Goodwood will hold a Pups’ Mini Tour event next Wednesday on the Park Course, supported by Calloway. The event is open to all youngsters – players aged seven years and under will play a nine-hole flag competition, while those aged eight to 13 will play a nine-hole strokeplay event.

Tee times start at 9am and entry is £20 per person. To enter email Ryan Fenwick on ryan.fenwick@goodwood.com