The veterans’ section of Selsey Golf Club completed the last match of their four-match series with their counterparts from Southsea GC for the Millennium Silver Salver.
Although this match ended 3½-3½ it was not enough for Selsey to win the salver this year as the overall score for the four matches was 17-11 to Southsea. The weather was ideal for golf, which was followed by an excellent lunch.
Sixty-four players took part in the seniors’ supper competition at Bognor.
It’s a four-ball better-ball Stableford played off three-quarters handicap. There were some excellent scores, particularly from Dave Lynn and Gary Steventon, who won with 46 points. Bob Bennett and Jim Catt were second with 44 and third were Peter Collins and Peter Selby on 43.
Peter Lott and Brian Wolsten-croft were fourth with 42, on countback from Richard Kaemena and Brian Lewis.
Earlier in the season the veterans’ home match against Royal Winchester was won but the away game was lost 7½-½. Five of the games were very evenly contested.
Scores: John Owen & Roger Selway halved, A Bence & D Burke lost 1 down,J King & C Millett lost 1 down, P Barker & A Fitzgerald lost 1 down, B Baylis & B Ingate lost 2&1, P Black & T Wells lost 4&3, E Payne & C Willis lost 5&4, P Archer & V Ward lost 6&5.
The home match against Haywards Heath was drawn 4-4.
Scores: Andy Bence & John King won 7&5, R Hedge & R Selway won 3&2, P Barker & P Lott won 1 up,
K Catt & F Hodder halved, C Millett & D Turner halved, J Owen & D Burke lost 1 down, G Steventon & J Cookson lost 1 down, J Carroll & P Collins lost 3&2.
Cowdray Park seniors concluded their home matches for the season with a scintillating 7-1 success over Rowlands Castle.
Taking their cue from the inspirational play of former seniors’ captains Wally Mitchell and David Tilley, the rest of the team responded in style to record their ninth double.
Mitchell and Tilley started things off with a 7&5 win, the highlight of which was an eagle three by Tilley on the long par-five eighth hole.
Evergreen veterans Terry Jasper and George Crouch continued their fine form, winning 3&1. Creditable wins came from Mike Hancock and Tony Castley (6&4) and final pair of Pat Harrison and Ray Tucker (6&5). Compliments abounded concerning the magnificent condition of the course.
Results (Cowdray names first): Wally Mitchell & David Tilley beat Roy Summers & Cyril Bowers 7&5; Terry Jasper & George Crouch beat David Newsom & Fred Davis 3&1; Roger Poat & John Kitchener lost to Phil Sparshatt & John Enticknap 4&3; David Wickham & Terry Moran beat Ron Clement & John Canham 1 up; Derek Smith & Philip Singer beat Brian Porter & Bill H-Davis 1 up; Mike Hancock & Tony Castley beat Jim Humphreys & David Coleman 6&4; Jan de Vries & Rodney Fisher beat Dennis Wing & Alan Dickenson 3&2; Pat Harrison & Ray Tucker beat Bob Prynn & Mike Fibbens 6&5.
Travelling to Corhampton for the traditional final fixture of their season, Cowdray Park seniors met a strong and resilient home side, who put their local knowledge to good use and ran out 6-2 winners.
The home side seized an early initiative with two fairly comfortable victories before David Heard and newcomer to the seniors Peter Harding eased past their opponents 5&3 to reduce the deficit.
The only other Cowdray victory came courtesy of David Wickham and Rodney Fisher who won 4&3.
Cowdray enjoyed a splendid day’s golf and excellent hospitality.
Results: Wally Mitchell & Roger Poat lost to Pete Langrish & Keith C-Edwards 6&4; John Smith & Graham Evans lost to Mike Bell & Chris Garrod 4&3; David Heard & Peter Harding beat Hugh Loftin & Keith Waldron 5&3; Terry Jasper & Brian Carpenter lost to Brian Harvey & Norman Short 4&2; Ken Newberry & Clive Strudwick lost to John Mintrum & Ray Hartley 3&2; David Wickham & Rodney Fisher beat Norman Burt & Terry Honour 4&3; George Crouch & Bill Brownlee lost to Roly Tomsett & Roger Jones 1 dn; Terry Moran & Dave Imlach lost to Tony
Canning & Mike Pack 6&5.
The club’s monthly medal was won by Mark Heron in division one with a nett 68 and in division two by Brian Ford with 66.
The senior Stableford was won in division one by Robert Bridges with 39 points and in division two by Brian Parkinson with 42.
The midweek Stableford was taken by Derek Atherton with 40 points.
The autumn foursomes saw Paul Napier-Raikes and Nicholas Nolan win with 37 points ahead of Vincent Lampitt and Roy Coulson with 36.
Nearest the pins were won by Roy Coulson, Stephen Porter, Richard Stillwell and Ian Franklin.