Bognor golf course claims more casualties than usual...

Bognor lady golfers dressed up for their Casualty day Picture by Kate Slhemilt C131116-1
Bognor lady golfers dressed up for their Casualty day Picture by Kate Slhemilt C131116-1

This year the theme for the Bognor ladies’ members’ day was ‘Casualty’ and the club was invaded by ambulances, doctors, nurses, injured patients, x-ray technicians and health and safety officers. The best dressed team was the x-ray techs - Sally Cameron, Jill Gill, Carmel du Plessis and Kim Mercer.

All outfits were excellent, though some proved difficult to wear while playing golf. However there were some good scores.

The winning team with 98 points were Berit Smallcorn, Kay Walker, Liz Quinton and Janet Weeks.Second with 96 were Edwina Beresford, Dawn Heath, Beryl Payne and Val Robertson.

The best score on the front nine was by the team of Penny Entecott, Sarah Stoneham, Lyn Watson and Nicki Vincent with 49 points. Angela Chandler, Chris Puddicombe, Davina Rumsby and June Smith, with 50, were best on the back nine.

The best aggregate score on the par threes of 35 points came from Ann Coupe, Irene Moore, Maureen Mullenger and Brigite Paul.

Nearest the pin on the second in the silver division was Sue Crossen, nearest the tenth for bronze A was Kay Walker and nearest the fifth for bronze B was Beryl Payne.

Bognor seniors’ Captain’s Trophy attracted an excellent 80 players on a wonderful day.

The event was superbly hosted by this year seniors’ captain David Turner and his wife Janet. There was a team competition and a singles competition.

To ensure energy levels stayed at a high level, copious amounts of Smarties and Jelly Babies were handed to each golfer. Following the golf the players were treated to a barbecue on the patio.

This year’s trophy winner, Martin Coulson, stood in at the last minute and had the game of his life scoring a magnificent 45 points.

Results: Trophy winner – Martin Coulson 45pts, 2 Barry Ingate 44 (cb), 3 John Owen. Team event winners - Paul Irish, John Mathe, Bob Weekes & Harry Hurley 131pts (best three scores each hole).

Bognor seniors visited Ham Manor on another glorious day. Bognor won a very tightly contested match 4½-3½ with the final match finishing on the 18th with a Bognor win. The course was in excellent conditions with the greens lightning fast.

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.

The seniors made the annual pilgrimage to Sandown & Shanklin on the Isle of Wight. The match was really tight, finishing 4-4, with Bognor’s last pair of Mike Oates and Peter Collins winning to earn Bognor an excellent draw. Shanklin were excellent hosts and both teams look forward to the return at Bognor in October.

Next up, Bognor hosted Hayling Island and ran out 5-3 winners. The result was in doubt until the last two matches came in just in Bognor’s favour.

Results: Mike Oates & Clive Millett won 4&3, Roger Selway & Dennis Burke won 3&2, John Owen & Mike Wadley halved, Frank Hodder & John King won 1 up, Peter Lott & Trevor Till lost 2&1, Gary Steventon & Steve King lost 3&2, Richard Hedge & Peter Collins won 3&1, Vic Ward & David Turner halved.

In the third game, Bognor seniors took on Chichester, the three-times winners of Bognor’s seniors’ open team prize, on Chichester’s Cathedral course, graveyard of so many lost balls.

Chichester had won 6-2 at Bognor the previous month and Bognor’s team travelled more in hope than expectation. After three matches and three defeats it looked very much like Bognor’s worst fears were to be realised.

However, Bognor’s middle order came in with some outstanding results against their formidable hosts on their own course, and almost turned the match right round. Only a last-ditch win in which Chichester anchorman Norman Moore was tenacious, saved Chichester from defeat. The overall 4-4 draw felt like a win to the Bognor seniors.

Results: David Turner & John Woodhead lost 4&3, Frank Hodder & Hugh Diaper lost 7&6, Trevor Till & John King lost 5&4, Vic Ward & Alastair MacDonald won 2&1, Mike Wadley & Dennis Burke won 1 up, Tony Wells & Brian Madgwick won 4&3, Peter Bell & Barry Ingate won 5&4, Clive Millett & Derek Sheath lost 3&2.

Another Bognor golfer has received a limited-edition BOSS watch after scoring a hole-in-one during a recent competition at her club.

Wendy Johnson, 40, scored her ace on the 118-yard, par-three tenth and the ten-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1 Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.


Chichester’s ladies’ section have been enjoying a successful run this year in national competitions.

Kathy Donohoe and Elaine Fell are representing the section in the Daily Mail Foursomes and are now through to the last 32 in the country, one round away from the finals at Marriott St Pierre, Wales, in October. Before this they need to beat Royal Winchester GC at home.

Kathy and Elaine have beaten Cowdray, Worthing and Southwick Park away, plus Gatton Manor and Royal Eastbourne at home.

The Mail on Sunday squad have also enjoyed some fine wins, beating Bognor, Worthing, Gosport & Stokes Bay, West Hove and Nevill. Having also reached the last 32 in the country, the team of Helen Ball, Sang Porter, Mary Lou Litton, Caroline Hawkes and Kathy Donohoe lost a close-fought match against Nizels, ending their campaign for this year.

Kathy Donohoe and Sang Porter have also qualified for the Ping four-ball better-ball grand final to be held at Gainsborough GC in September.

Chichester ladies travelled to Worthing’s Hill Barn club to play in the annual Hill Barn Goblet, a Stableford competition. A total of 31 ladies took part and good weather helped with the scores. The winner was Chichester’s ladies’ captain Terry Payne with 45 points. Second was Wendy Jeffries with 42 and third Kathy Donohue on 41.

After a scorching few weeks, Terry Payne, lady captain at Chichester GC, was looking forward to Captain’s Day - but the rain came, and stayed. In pouring conditions, 45 ladies donned their waterproofs and - because it was Captain’s Day - got on with it.

There was no let-up in the conditions so at the halfway mark, the ladies had their Pimms and canapés and the competition was called to a halt. Once dry, the ladies enjoyed an exceptional lunch.

The eventual winners were Jeannie Blackman and Margaret Roberts-West (pictured).

Chichester vets’ match at Selsey proved extremely close with three of the six matches going to the final green and two ending on the 17th.

The one match that didn’t go so far was the one involving the captains, in which Graham Watson and Peter Senft led Selsey to a 5&4 victory.

The following match was the only one won by Chichester and the two-up victory was largely down to a magnificent hole in one on the demanding 174-yard ninth hole by Dave Monkton. He bought everyone a drink as Selsey went on to win the match 4-2, a direct reversal of the result at Chichester earlier in the season.

Scores: R Stainsby & C Goldsmid lost to G Watson & P Senft 5&4; D Monkton & R Parker beat P Boughton 2 up; B Martin & J Paul lost to M Sharpe 2&1; B Shrives-Wrist & D Blythe lost to G Mariner & R Tolhurst 2&1; P Green & A Grant halved with T Chapman & B Mariner; B Santer & G Williams halved with D Winter & D White.


Winner this year of the Jack Wildgoose Cup for players with a handicap of 24 or more was Roy Tolhurst with 37 points. In second place was Doug Tupper with 34 and third after countback was Ray Holmes.

The good summer this year has resulted in the summer singles and foursomes competitions being completed on time. The 2013 winner of the summer singles Mariner Trophy was Trevor Plaistow and the summer foursome Trophy was won by Gary Wood and Martin Sharpe.

The final presentation was to the 2013 winner of the Bill Downham Cup, Gordon Mariner with a nett score of 70. In second place after countback was Keith Homer and third was Paul Boughton with a nett score of 71.

The cup was presented to the veterans’ section 25 years ago by Bill’s wife Joan, who each year presented it to the winner. Sadly, Joan passed away earlier this year but both Joan and Bill will always be remembered with affection by the club.

All presentations were made by Veterans’ Captain, Graham Watson.


Cowdray Park’s scratch team reached the semi-final of the county competition, the Optimus Inter-Club Scratch Knockout Plate, where they faced Littlehampton at East Brighton.

The morning foursomes ended 2-2, with victories for Cowdray from Stuart Probee and Ian Sewell and Howard Kasey partnering Mark Jasper.

The eight afternoon foursomes were all closely contested, with Littlehampton’s former county champion Wayne Hawes overcoming the determined challenge of Cowdray’s Todd White only on the 18th green.

Defeats for Chris Cummins, Mark Jasper and Stuart Probee left Littlehampton in a strong position at 6-2 but Cowdray showed great resilience under the watchful eyes of club captain Roger Rose and team manager Phil Cummins, responding with wins from the ultra-consistent Trevor Challen, David ‘Duck’ Turner and Ian Sewell to reduce the deficit to 6-5.

It all hinged on the final match, with Cowdray’s Howard Kasey, in his first full season in the team, putting up a battling performance to force a half, not quite enough for Cowdray, leaving Littlehampton to claim their place in the final by 6½-5½.

This achievement by the scratch team confirmed the strength in depth at the club this year, with the over-55s’ team reaching the final of the Cyril Blake Trophy, the Winter League team winning the title and the Evening League side finishing runners-up.

Various ladies’ teams and individuals have reached finals at county and national level and the seniors are having an excellent season in their inter-club matches.

The over-55s reached the final of the Cyril Blake Trophy after a nerve-wracking win after a play-off against Singing Hills at Littlehampton.

To reach the semi-final, Cowdray had registered stunning victories at Willingdon (4-0) and Ham Manor (2½-1½).

The first pair out were John Doran and Dave Hirons, who fought hard but were defeated by an eagle on the 17th hole. Cowdray drew level in the next match with an excellent win from Dave Lucking and Mike Purdie before Singing Hills regained the lead by winning on the 18th hole through Phil Cummins and Dave Balfour.

So the whole campaign hinged on the result of match four, with Phil Harrison, called in as a late replacement for the injured Paul Owen, partnering team captain Harvey Terry to an equalising victory to send the match into extra-time.

Terry sent out Dave Lucking and Mike Purdie and they completed the job on the first extra hole to put Cowdray through to the final on September 16 at Highwoods GC against Sedlescombe, who also went to extra-time before defeating Selsey.

The victory was the icing on the cake for birthday boy Dave Hirons, who was presented with a cake by Harvey Terry.

Thirty-even ladies played at Cowdray Park in the Bannister Cup. This is an 18-hole medal but with a difference - based on the novel version of the basic strokeplay using a flag.

The first players to start carry a flag and plant it on the spot where their ball lies once they have completed the number of shots equal to the par for the course plus their handicap allowance. Subsequent players who reach the flag with shots left should pick it up and carry it until they have completed their round.

The player who carries the flag the longest distance is the winner. This may be down the 19th or 20th hole. The winner of the Bannister Cup with a wonderful nett score of 69 was Tessa Stockwell. Angela Pike was runner-up with 71.

n Roy Penrose showed himself to be a fine golfer in his own right and came good to win Cowdray Park seniors’ August Stableford with a score of 39 points.

August seemed to be the month for veteran, long-time members to shine under difficult conditions. In addition to Penrose, in division one Ken Marjoram won with 38 points, while in division two, George Crouch came second, also on 38, on countback.

Next in division two came Ian Ward and Jim Booth, both also on 38. Close behind on 37 points, separated only on countback, came Chris Yearsdley, Mike Cardiff and Brian Carpenter.

In division one, Phil Pett claimed runners-up spot from Bill Hummerston, on countback, both with 37 points, followed by the consistent Peter Burton, Alan Richardson, seniors’ captain Allen Sibley and Cliff Davis, also with 37 points.

One humorous moment occurred early in the round when a member had a ‘senior moment’. Having reached the first green successfully he was ready to putt for a par, reached into his bag only to find he had left his putter in the car. He hastily raced back to his car but on his return failed to secure his par, after which his round went downhill.

Thanks to Ralph Fanshawe and Mike Hughes, £163 was raised for the captain’s charity, the Mary How Trust.


Jasmine Hang, just 11 and a regular member of Goodwood’s junior squad, won the handicap section of a Sussex girls’ tournament at Ham Manor Golf Club.

The event was for players 18 and under and Jasmine was the youngest competitor ever.


Littlehampton Golf Club seniors’ hosted a field of more than 100 golfers from 40-plus clubs for their annual open.

The winning score of 44 points from 18 handicapper Roger Gowers (Hampton Court GC) was quite remarkable. Bob Dent recorded the best score for a home club player and won the Littlehampton prize with a score of 36 points.

Seniors at Littlehampton enjoy golf throughout the year on their superb links course and, in addition to playing weekends with friends who work during the week, can also take part in senior competitions and matches against other clubs during the week.


The club championship attracted 80 players, with 44 making the cut for the second round the next day.

The winner of the scratch competition was Stephen Porter, who scored gross 78 on Saturday and 74 on Sunday. The handicap champion was Lee Passey, who scored nett 71 on Saturday and 68 on Sunday.

The ladies club championship was won by Liz Whitney, while the seniors’ club championship saw Bill Billson won the scratch competition with gross 84 and Kevin Brown take the handicap competition with nett 71.

Mick Hopkins won the midweek medal competition with a nett 67. Rosemary Dabinett won the ladies’ Stableford with 37 points.

The monthly medal was won in division one by Mark Heron with a nett 65 and in division two by Alan Miller with 63.

The senior medal was won in division one by Ernie Rivett with a nett 66 and in division two by Thomas Redfern, also with 66.

The final of the Chris Cullen knockout competition pitted Carl Corbin and Nick Finneran against Jayson Walker and Chris Wall. Walker and Wall won the match one up.

A midweek Stableford was won by Ian Card with 45 points.