The Men’s Glover Cup was played on a beautiful day, with an excellent 102 players participating. It is a bogey competition and the overall winner was a magnificent score of plus seven was Adam Badman. Second was John Lampard with five and third Rod Barnett with four. Division-one winner was Dave Hicks with plus two.
Bognor Seniors hosted local rivals Ham Manor. Normally these games are close and exciting, but this time, Bognor had an emphatic 6½-1½ win.
Bognor’s first three pairs all came in with convincing wins. Seniors’ captain David Turner and partner Mike Oates led the way with a win over Ham Manor captain Bernard Jacobs and partner David Gailey. Both teams look forward to the return in July.
Results : David Turner & Mike Oates 2up, John Owen & Alastair MacDonald 2up, Richard Hedge & Harry Layton won 2 and 1, Rob Redmond & Clive Millet lost 3 and 1, Peter Lott & Hugh Diaper won 4 and 3, Andy Bence & David Hollis won 3 and 2, Gary Steventon & Vic Ward halved, Mike Wadley & Dennis Burke won 4 and 3.
Bognor seniors travelled to Ifield on a glorious day and won a super match 5½-2½.
It could have gone either way with three games all halved. It was played in a friendly atmosphere.
Results: Mike Oates & Peter Collins lost 2&1, Gary Steventon & Mel Henry won 3&2, Barry Bayliss & Alan Fitzgerald won 6&5, Cliff Willis & John Woodhead halved, Brian Wolstencroft & John Owen won 2&1, Mike Wadley & Richard Kaemena halved, Ken Catt & Vic Ward halved, Clive Millett & Barry Ingate won 5&4.
Bognor’s mixed seniors travelled to West Chiltington and an exiting contest ended 3-3.
Results: Eileen & Jim Morris won 3&1, Berit & Trevor Smallcorn lost 6&5, Joan Partridge & Harry Layton won 4&3, Georgina & Peter McCormack won 4&3, Cynthia & Derek Rice lost 4&3, Margaret & Alan Delves lost 6&5.
* Bognor juniors (pictured at the top of the article) played Hill Barn in the West Sussex League and had a convincing 5-1 win.
Bognor juniors played for the annual Dandy Trophy. In a very close encounter, the winner was Tom Stoneham with 38 points.
Second was Ryan Breach with 37, third Jake Stoneham with 36s and fourth James Woosley with 36 on countback.
Tom is pictured with the trophy presented by the sponsor Andy Weir.
Chichester veterans began their summer season playing for the Spring Trophy, a medal competition off the white tees.
Forecast warm weather did not materialise and a very misty start was followed by an overcast, cold day.
Scoring was difficult and it was won with a nett 67 by Mike Chapman, who was closely followed by Dieter Matthey on 68 and Mike Snuggs on 70.
The following week was a Stableford and it was a beautiful day. The ground was firm, the ball was running and the sun was shining - ideal conditions for the category-four players to excel.
Don Hagell with a magnificent 42 points was the overall winner closely followed by Don Fowler on 41 and with Brian Holden and Charlie Duthie on 39. Best of the lower handicappers was again Mike Chapman with 38 points - he just beat Peter Green on countback with Eric Bourne third on 37.
Members are hoping the fine weather continues and they can continue to enjoy good golf for the rest of the summer.
* The annual Open Day at Chichester GC proved to be a great success on a sunny day. Lots of families, casual passers-by and golfers attended.
The big draw for keen golfers was the chance to win a Honda Insight with a hole-in-one competition on the first hole of the Tower course, sponsored by Yeomans Honda of Bognor. Unfortunately, no-one won the car - though the closest person to the pin was only 3ft away.
The putting events were dominated by Chichester junior Max Herring, who won the long putt competition as he was closest to sinking a 60ft putt, and the string competition in the under-18s category. He won a Taylormade Ghost putter and a Nike 20xi gift pack.
At the driving range, a crazy golf competition and junior SNAG golf were very popular with the kids, while the adults enjoyed a golf show from head pro Tony Westwood on the driving range.
April featured two qualifying competitions for Cowdray Park seniors’ Eclectic, the Heard Trophy (medal) and the monthly Stableford.
It was clear that, with two bites at the cherry, scores would improve considerably, despite the conditions.
So it proved with seniors’ captain Allen Sibley the biggest mover, up from 74 to 28, while Alan Richardson moved up 35 spots from 66 to 31. Five other players outside the top ten improved by more than 20 places.
A new overall leader emerged in the shape of Graham Thompson, who finished joint first in the Stableford and improved his total by seven shots in April to displace Paul Owen at the top, while Terry Jasper has moved into second, only 0.5 behind the leader. Thompson’s achievement is all the more creditable as he has not featured in all of the qualifying rounds so far. Nor have Harvey Terry and David Heard both in the top ten.
New into the top ten is Mike Burgess, courtesy of his excellent score in the Heard Trophy.
The Carter Trophy is still headed by Dave Lucking, who has registered points in four of the five rounds, while into second, 11 points behind, is Thompson (again) despite having missed one round.
The scores being registered at this early stage of the year are far in excess of previous years and indicate just how much the strength of the seniors’ section has improved in the recent years.
* Cowdray Park seniors made the short journey to Hampshire to play the Liphook Elders on their championship course.
The players were greeted by unbroken sunshine and were able to cast aside their winter woollies.
Cowdray started with a victory from Ken Marjoram, a late replacement for the injured David Heard, and Ian Heustice, who won by one up.
Second rubber went to the home side but Cowdray immediately re-took the lead courtesy of John Doran and Rob Doney, again by the narrowest of margins, one up.
Two heavy defeats followed for the visitors, but seniors’ captain Allen Sibley and Mike King levelled matters winning by two up. Sadly for Cowdray the final match went the way of the home side, again by a narrow margin, to give Liphook a 4-3 win, reversing last season’s score.
Results (Cowdray names first): Ken Marjoram & Ian Heustice beat Richard Edmondson & Alan Hill 1 up; Brian Carpenter & Jan de Vries lost to Johnny Talbot & Alan Peddle 5&4; John Doran & Rob Doney beat Graham Burden & Alistair Hardie 1 up; Trevor Edwards & Dave Finn lost to Peter MacFarlane & Ian Menzies 5&4; Sam Howes & Ralph Fanshawe lost to Gordon Oehlers & Richard Mountford 4&3; Allen Sibley & Mike King beat Ron Lawley & John Read 2 up; John Start n& Graham Thompson l;ost to Hugh Poyser & Robin Rickman 2&1.