Chichester veterans’ captain Jim Robertson completed his season in charge with the traditional Texas scramble competition and prizegiving.
During his successful year, the vets raised money for the St Richard’s Hospital Prostate Scanner Appeal and Jim was delighted to present Paul Carter, consultant urologist at St Richard’s, with a cheque for £4,250.
Mr Carter thanked the section and gave an informative talk about the benefits of the scanner which will provide a local testing service in the coming years.
The final prizes of the season were given, with Chris Penny winning the matchplay singles, Mike Snuggs the singles plate and Brian Burn and Keith Dixon the summer doubles.
Snuggs and Ken Williams won their respective categories in the Summer Eclectic and the most successful golfer of the season was George Bell, who won the Royal Garden Hotel order of merit .
The new season started with the traditional captain’s drive-in Stableford. New vets’ captain Nigel Wood had four clubs to choose from and the draw came up with a pitching wedge which limited many of the distance gueeses made.
A total of 109 yards was achieved and Bruce Santer walked off with the bottle of scotch.
In the Selsey men’s section, the captain v past captain’s match was won by the captain’s team.
On a lovely sunny day the Clifford Burton Cup was played. The course was in excellent condition and the winner was Malcolm Cawte with nett 66; second was Jamie McKinlay with 69.
The men’s president’s prize was hosted by club president Keith Homer. Winner was Jon Bines with 41 points and the runner-up was Craig Newman with 39.
The North v South match was set up by the Cawte family living in Sidlesham and the Terry family living in Selsey. The match is played over 36 holes, and the winners this year were the south by 18½-13½. Lunch and an evening meal were provided by Julie Conebar in the club restaurant and the day concluded with a disco.
The introduction of a new trophy in memory of George and John Cawte proved popular, the Cawte Crystal.
Both had been members of the club since 1968/69. Before joining the club, John used to caddy for golfers. Both played a huge part in the history of the club, winning many trophies throughout their golfing lives. Their names can be seen on the honours boards that cover the walls of the clubhouse.
George was captain of the main club in 1978-79 and it was George and John, with Denny Terry and his brothers, who set up the aforementioned North v South match. Both played until they were well into their eighties and are sadly missed at the club.
The winner of the first Cawte Crystal was Matt Hurst with a nett 65 and the runner-up was Tony Lee with 66.
The overall winner of the summer nine-hole roll-up competitions, played on Thursday evenings throughout the summer months, was Ian Jones.
Cowdray Park seniors held their annual end-of-season competition for the Champion’s Trophy, involving players who had won or finished runner-up in competitions throughout the year.
The weather was cool, grey and breezy but dry, while the course continues to impress, with the greens now at their slickest following the recent dry spell.
It was expected, with an array of top seniors playing, it would be a close and exciting contest, but that wasn’t the case.
First out was September’s division-two Stableford winner and former captain Wally Mitchell who, after a disastrous first hole, found his best form, particularly on the back nine, to post a highly-creditable score of 70.
Next into the clubhouse came Mark Kelly, who blew the tournament apart with an exceptional nett score of 64. He has been in fine form and now has had his handicap reduced to 14.4, having started the year on 17.6.
The key to his success lay in an excellent round of putting. It was clear that it would take something special to surpass this score and the closest anyone came was club chairman Terry Adsett with 68, while last man in, Ian Ward, returned 70 to equal Mitchell’s early score.
On a day of top performances, the current Eclectic leader John Hall scored his first hole in one after 50 years of trying, on the ninth hole. This will not count towards his Eclectic score, but it will earn him a special-edition Boss Watch from How did I do.com.
Leading scores: 64 Mark Kelly; 68 Terry Adsett; 70 Wally Mitchell, Ian Ward; 71 David Wickham, John Hall; 72 Dave Balfour, John Newman, Brian Brockhurst, Frank Cheevers, Terry Jasper, Graham Thompson, Chris Hutchings.
Cowdray Park seniors made the journey to Ham Manor on a bright clear morning, having won the home tie 4-2.
They were made to fight harder by the home side on their own turf and the match ended in an exciting 3-3 draw.
Match manager Terry Adsett and seniors’ vice-captain Mike Hughes found the home pair using their knowledge to good effect, and, after a close game, the Ham Manor pair finally asserted to win 3&2.
Dave Darby and Ken Marjoram levelled with a 2&1 win. The third match went the way of the home side before Colin West and Peter Hallt levelled matters again with a fine 4&3 win.
Cowdray took the lead for the first time with a fine win by twi up from Trevor Edwards and Jim Booth. But Ham Manor tied things up in the final match.
Results: Terry Adsett & Mike Hughes lost 3&2; Dave Darby & Ken Marjoram won 2&1; Derek Smith & Bill Hummerston lost 4&3; Colin West & Peter Hallt won 4&3; Trevor Edwards & Jim Booth won 2 up; Mike Cardiff & George Crouch lost 6&4.
Cowdray seniors held their first end-of-season fun event, when a full field of 19 teams of four competed in the Texas scramble.
The teams were drawn from the various handicap divisions to give a balanced look.
Play started in dense fog, with the greens being damp and slower than recently, until the sun burst through to make it a beautiful day for golf.
The fifth group out, Paul Owen, Peter Burton, Ray Dowse and Tony Castley, set the benchmark with score of 70 (nett 63.5) before they were followed into the clubhouse by Dave Tilley, Tony Sapsworth, Rodney Fisher and Clive Strudwick with a 62.4.
They held the lead until recent Stableford winner Chris Hutchings, with a strong group of Phil Pett. Jon Fife and Graham Thompson, stormed into the lead with a score of 61.5 to claim victory. Prizes were presented by vice-captain Mike Hughes.
The raffle raised £145 for Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice and the lucky prizewinners were Ray Dowse and David Laver.
A Milly Ball competition was played by Cowdray ladies. In teams of three, the best two scores counted.
Each person had to take turns to tee off with a pink ball and if a score was made with this ball the score was doubled. The fun competition was enjoyed by everyone with some great scores:
Scores: 1 Ann Tyrrell, Vicky Lush and Sandra Barber 117pts; 2 Jenny Clegg, Gaynor Dudman and Marnie Evans 112; 3 Janet Poat, Mary Sexton and Georgie Miller 110.
In front of a large gathering of members, Janet Madell drove in in the traditional manner at the start of her year as lady captain at Littlehampton Golf Club.
Escorted by members of her family, including two-year-old granddaughter Savannah, who also played a shot, Janet sent her drive an impressive 171 yards down the fairway.
Her theme for the day was the past, present and future so all generations were well represented, raising £342 towards her chosen charity St Barnabas House, the hospice which provides palliative care to adults with advanced progressive life-limiting illnesses, whose representative Wendy Bardsley gave an informative talk.
Janet has a strong affiliation to golf. She caddied for her late husband Keith Macdonald for three years on the European Seniors’ Tour and her twin sons both became golf pros.
During a spell at Goodwood Golf Club, Janet had a big hand running the professional’s shop.
Janet, who lives in Elmer, joined Littlehampton GC in 2007 and is now married to John. Her team were defeated on the day in the traditional matchplay contest by new vice-captain Chris King’s team.
Janet says she feels honoured to be lady captain and believes the course is a real gem. One of Janet’s ambitions for her year is to encourage as many new lady members as possible.
Outgoing captain Diana Rooke handed over the reins by putting out on the 18th green having completed her year in office and she presented a cheque for £3,000 to Georgia Hudson on behalf of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
A field of 34 ladies lined up to do battle on the Park course for the annual autumn meeting challenge.
With blue skies and perfect playing conditions, the format was individual Stableford with the top three players awarded a prize.
Adding further incentives for accuracy were prizes for best front nine and best back nine scores, as well as a nearest-the-pin-in-two on the 16th.
After a shotgun start, Claudia Bailey played a terrific round and was the outright winner with an impressive 40 points.
Second place was eventually decided on the countback of the last nine holes with Sarah Broughton-Pipkin just shading the result from Judy Manktelow, who finished third.
Audrey Goodhew was a player in fantastic form, taking the awards for best back nine with 20 points, as well as getting nearest to the 16th in two shots. Moira Siddons claimed the prize for best front nine with 18 points.
The players are already looking forward to next year’s event.
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