Cowdray Park seniors held their biggest event of the year – their annual open – under blue skies and with more than 80 players representing 36 different clubs.
They came from right across the south – and player whose home club is in Nairobi comes every year.
A large number of the entrants return each year to take up the challenge of this beautiful downland course.
Greenkeeper Jonathan Smith and his staff had set the course up in pristine condition, with slick greens and the pins in some waspish positions to ensure the winner would be a true champion.
The overall victor was David Pardo from Guildford, who had played the course only once before. He scored 39 points. Top home player with 35 points was Peter Burton, who was presented with the Harvey Terry Trophy by the donor.
The over-75s prize was won by Richard Histed with 34 points. He was presented, jokingly, with a zimmer frame before receiving his real prize – a hamper.
Mel Milburn and his brother Norman set off first to ensure they were back in time to collate the scores on the giant scoreboard. After everyone had wined and dined, seniors’ captain Brian Brockhurst thanked all those who’d made the day flow so smoothly.
Organiser David Imlach received a warm round of applause for arranging everything and preparing goody bags for all the players.
A raffle raised £650 for Prostate Cancer Research.
Sponsorship came from Harwoods Group, Stewart Plastics, Cowdray Park and Chiddingfold golf clubs, while many members donated prizes to the raffle.
Everyone agreed it had been a wonderful day and vowed to return next year.
Prizewinners: Visitors – 1 David Pardo (Guildford) 39; 2 J English (Royal Winchester) 37; 3 G Townsend (Romsey) 36; 4 Alan Austin (Petersfield) 35 (cb); 5 J Jefferson (Pyecombe) 35 (cb); 6 K Powell (Hartley Wintney) 35. Home players – 1 Peter Burton 35; 2 Dave Hirons 34; 3 Wally Mitchell 33 (cb); 4 Harvey Terry 33. Over-75s – Richard Histed 34; Other winners – Nearest the pin, 3rd hole: Bill Lock; 9th, Alan Austin; 11th, Wally Mitchell; 17th, Chris Machin. Longest drive, 13th hole: David Tilley. Nearest pin in two on 18th: David Feist.
Cowdray Park club captain Sean Gallagher held his annual Captain’s Day on a beautiful day.
A huge number of 142 members supported Gallagher and helped raise £1,700 for his nominated charity, the Chestnut Tree House hospice.
Everyone enjoyed the day and the dinner, followed by prizegiving and cabaret.
Prizewinners: Men – 1 Ken Marjoram 40pts; 2 Robin Phillips; 3 Matt Hill. Scratch men – Ian Sewell. Ladies – 1 Lil Cummins 35; 2 Tessa Stockwell 34 (cb); 3 Janice Leath 34. Scratch ladies – Debbie Cheasley. Nearest the pins – 3rd hole, James Varnes; 9th & 11th, Barbara Parker; 17th, Roger Murphy.
Thirty five Cowdray ladies played a medal round to compete for the Diamond Jubilee Trophy.
Jenny Clegg played out of her socks to win the day with a nett 71. Jill Parry came second with 73; Myrna Heustice third with 75. The standard scratch again went up to 75 so Jenny and Jill both reduced their handicaps.
For the first time in several years, the Chichester veterans’ championship was played in excellent weather – with both the Tower and the Cathedral courses in superb condition for the two-round scratch competition.
A total of 60 players competed for the title and in the Monday round on the Tower course, Nick Hobbs showed his class with a gross 78 and a six-stroke lead.
The second round on the more difficult Cathedral course was dominated by recent recruit John Styles, playing off seven and returning an excellent gross 77 to make him vets’ champion for 2014 with an aggregate score of 161.
Nick Hobbs followed him home with Mike Snuggs making a valiant attempt in defence of his title to claim third place.
The handicap competition proved to be a one horse race as Richard Holden scored an impressive nett 66 on the Tower course and followed this up with a one-under round on the Cathedral to give an aggregate nett score of 137 and a six-stroke victory over another recent recruit, Chris Penny.
The winner of the senior trophy for the best nett score by an over-70 golfer was Gordon Williams.
Result: Vets’ champion scratch – John Styles 161; 2 Nick Hobbs 167; 3 Mike Snuggs 175; 4 Brian Melbourn 174; 5 Mike Harrington 177.
Handicap winner – Richard Holden 137 nett; 2 Chris Penny 143; 3 Gordon Williams 146; 4 Norman Moore 146; 5 Don Fowler 147. Senior Trophy winner – Gordon Williams
The veterans have been on their travels in the inter-club matches and have found victories hard to come by. Their first defeat of the season came at West Chiltington where several close matches went to the home side, who won 6-2.
This was followed by a trip to Cams Hall, who won the deciding match for a 4-2 victory.
There was better news at Old Thorns, always a difficult place to go, where a great fight by the team enabled the match to be halved 3-3.
Back to the comforts of home territory, Lindfield were beaten 6-2. Vets’ captain Campbell Goldsmid won three of his four matches in the above contests.
Chichester vets began their campaign in the county foursomes competition for the Gilbert Print Plate with a fine victory over Piltdown, 3½-½.
Results: Mike Harrington & Dave Monkton halved; Norman Moore & Mike Snuggs won 2&1; Brendan Sharpe & Bruce Santer won 3&2; Nick Hobbs & John Styles won 7&5.
Bognor ladies had a fantastic charity day in aid of the Migraine Trust. More than 60 ladies took part in a fun team event while other members, family and friends parted with cash to support lady captain Nicki Vincent in her chosen charity.
Music played by club member Bob Weeks entertained the big spenders, local businesses donated wares and vouchers while members baked and made chutneys and jams, and more than £1,600 was raised on the day.
To top it all, Eileen Morris, pictured with the captain, had a hole in one.
Bognor seniors played host to The Dyke in a return match following the away match which was abandoned in a hailstorm.
On this occasion Bognor ran out worthy winners 6½-1½. The Dyke fielded a 93-year-old player who stole the show in winning their solitary gain.
Results: Barry Vanstone & Clive Millett won 1 up, Richard Hedge & Barry Appleby won 4&3, Brian Madgwick & Peter Collins won 2&1, David Turner & Mike Oates lost 1 down, Alan Fitzgerald & Trevor Till won 5&4, Dennis Burke & Vic Ward won 1 up, John Woodhead & Allan Delves won 6&5, Hugh Diaper & Brian Wolstencroft halved.
Some 52 Bognor seniors took part in the popular Brian Poston Greensomes on a glorious day, with the course in magnificent condition. Brian was club secretary in the 80s and 90s and still plays two or three times a week.
Results: Winners Steve Flack & David Hollis 43pts, 2 Peter Lott & David Turner 42, 3 John Chapman & Harry Hurley 41; 4 Keith Simpson & Mike Cann 40 (cb). Closest-the-pin prizes went to John Chapman, Roger Selway and Mike Oates.
June started with the captain/pro team challenge, where teams of four attempt to beat the score of the captain and professional’s team.
Three teams managed it, with Mick Liddell, Alun Morey, Andy Terry and Denny Terry scoring 117. Second with 119 were Clive Cockayne, Ian Ford, Steve Growns and Tony Nelson. Third were Billy Aspital, Simon Aspital, Paul Lee and Dan Russell.
The Centenary Trophy was won by Jay Hartard with nett 63, beating Simon Rishman by three shots.
In the club championship qualifier, 46 people battled it out for 32 places. Malcolm Cawte showed signs he was coming into form at the the right time as he shot the lowest gross score of 69. The competition was won by Simon Aspital with nett 61, beating the club captain by three shots.
The club championship saw 32 people play for the scratch and handicap title. In calm conditions, the scoring was not particularly good with Malcolm Cawte shooting a 74, Billy Aspital 78 and defending champion Jason Arnould 79.
In the afternoon, Cawte took the competition by the scruff of the neck and shot 69, chipping in on the last for a birdie. With Billy Aspital shooting 80 and Arnould 74, Cawte won the club championship by a massive ten shots.
This was the 14th time Cawte had won it and he also scooped the handicap club championship (Rackstraw Cup) on countback after Bobby Moore had posted a nett target of 137.
June ended with the monthly medal, in which division one was won by Ian Ford with nett 64 ahead of John Shepherd on 65. Division two was won by veteran Alan Neno with nett 64. Second was Bob West on 65.
July begins with Captain’s Day this Saturday.
The PGA coaching team from Golf At Goodwood will be in Priory Park, Chichester, on Sunday, July 13, to give families, children and park users the chance to ‘get into golf’. The drop-in sessions scheduled from 12.30pm to 3pm are free to all taking part.
As The Open Championship gets under way a few days later at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Golf At Goodwood are trying to get more people to have a taste of golf.
The Golf in the Park sessions will be led by Ryan Fenwick, Sussex men’s, ladies’ and girls coach. The former European Tour player has been taught by the legendary David Leadbetter, Sir Nick Faldo’s mentor, and his coaching skills have been endorsed by former US Open champion Justin Rose.
Young budding golfers can have a go at tri golf, a mini version of the game designed for kids with multi-coloured over-sized plastic clubs and giant foam golf balls which you can aim at Velcro targets to score points. For those a bit older there’s Golf Xtreme, shooting the ball at targets.
Also in Priory Park will be Sarah Ayton, the double Olympic sailing champion who is learning to play golf at Goodwood. She will be bringing along her Olympic medals.
Two outstanding rounds of 66 and 65 off a handicap of plus-three from Wayne Hawes saw him win the Littlehampton Golf Club championship for an incredible 11th time – and his scores were good enough to win the nett prize, the President’s Cup.
It’s the third time Hawes has bagged both trophies; an outstanding performance, especially off his handicap. Second and third in the championship were Simon French and Joshua Strudwick.
Nick Kalli came second in the President’s Cup with Simon French in third. Following his win, Hawes announced he was turning professional in July and all at the club wished him every success in his new career.
The day was special for two of LGC’s junior golfers, Joe Sykes and Zack Bacon. Playing off the championship tees they both recorded very credible scores for 36 holes.
Littlehampton GC is holding an open day on Saturday, July 19, when all prospective golfers, young and old, ladies or men, are welcome to go along in the morning to sample the course, play a few holes and have a chat to members about the facilities and membership.