Thousands raise by Chichester and Cowdray Park golfers

Some of the Chichester GC fundraisers
Some of the Chichester GC fundraisers

Terrific fundraising efforts at Chichester and Cowdray Park headline this week’s golf round-up.


An amazing sum of £1,434 was raised for charity by Chichester ladies – and one man – in one day.

Peter Collyer, husband of lady captain Dot Collyer, challenged the ladies to a 54-hole charity game.

Three separate rounds of Stableford golf were played, starting at Chichester’s sister course Hill Barn. At 6.30am and with no-one else in sight, Peter and a team of three ladies, Lesly Hance, Jane Buckley and Jan Barnes, teed off to begin the marathon challenge.

Having completed 18 holes, they travelled to Hunston for the second leg of the challenge on Chichester’s Tower course.

At 2pm having reached the tenth tee, a second team of ladies took over. Christine Hillier, Terry Payne and Sue Ward started the second half of the challenge with 27 holes ahead of them.

With Peter still going strong, they teed off to finish the back nine holes on the Tower course. Then the Cathedral course beckoned and with the late afternoon sun still smiling on them, they tackled another 18 holes.

At the par-three 15th signature hole was approached, the earlier team plus members of the club arrived to support the players over the last four holes. Cheers and clapping for par putts holed raised the spirits and weary legs carried them to the 18th as 8pm struck.

A welcome drink and refreshments were enjoyed in the clubhouse. The winner of a contest to guess the total Stableford points achieved was Mick Goodrum with 341. He won a bottle of whisky.

The total raised will be divided between two charities: PACSO (Parents and Carers’ Support Organisation), which supports 150 families in the Chichester and Arun districts, providing a variety of fun and inclusive play activities for disabled children and their siblings; and the Alzheimer’s Society, the leading UK care and research charity for people with this disease and other types of dementia, their families and carers.

After the challenge, Dot Collyer was overwhelmed with the support and thanked everyone for giving their time and for raising much-needed funds for her charities. Special thanks went to Yvonne and Phil Leaver ,who donated the cost of buggy hire to save the ladies’ legs.


A GRAND day of fundraising at Cowdray Park saw club captain Sean Gallagher and ladies’ captain and Ann Tyrrell Lady join forces with management and members to raise a staggering £4,411 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

Members and guests played a team competition with a twist. Each team had to count three scores on each hole.

Bright orange balloons were given to each team and if a team failed to score at least six Stableford points on any hole, the balloon had to burst. By the end all balloons had gone – although scores were very good.

Lille-Beau Thorpe and her father Justin ran a double or quits competition on the third hole. This par three is notoriously hard to hit.

Only seven players put their ball on the green. Lille-Beau’s effort alone made £280 for charity.

The following day, nine-year-old Lille-Beau set off for San Diego to play in major junior events in the USA.

Everyone at Cowdray Park is wishing the amazing young gifted golfer every success.

Results: 1 The Late Boys (L Dixon, B Standage, S Rendall, H Fisher) 123pts; 2 Haslemere Boys II (B Lear, P Baigent, J Audsley, S Henley) 121; 3 Haslemere Boys I (C Bone, B Rush, G Travis, D Balfour) 120; 4 Avanti (T Hughes, M Hughes, J Holden, M Holden) 117; Mixed: S Gallagher, D Cheasley, P Goodwin, N Sampson 115; Men’s team: The Jaspers (T Jasper, M Jasper, V Recci, R Smith 116); Nearest pins: 9th, Jane Holden; 11th, Debbie Cheasley; 3rd, Sean Gallagher; 17th, Justin Chuter.

The immense generosity of many local businesses and individuals and all who played golf meant the big winners will be the children at Chestnut Tree House.

Cowdray seniors made the short journey across the border into Hampshire to face Petersfield, with the home side featuring many former Cowdray members.

The result went the way of the home side 6-2, with Cowdray’s two wins coming by large margins – from Richard Histed & Roger Poat (6&5) and Maurice Watts & Rodney Fisher (7&6).

Cowdray’s former club captain, Alan Austin, pulled out all the stops to defeat his former club, partnering another ex-Cowdray man, Colin Stevenson, to win by one up.

Results (Cowdray Park names first): Ken Newberry & Gary Strowbridge lost to Barry Lucas & Bob Musker 3&2; Richard Histed & Roger Poat beat Ian Tyres & Mike Miller 6&5; Peter Laws & Graham Evans lost to John King & Brian Wareham 2&1; Mike King & George Crouch lost to Mick Gent & Roy Passingham 6&4; Nick Austin & Philip Singer lost to Marshall Smith & Ray Cousins 2&1; Roger Rose & Ken Marjoram lost to Alan Austin & Colin Stevenson 1dn; Maurice Watts & Rodney Fisher beat Freddie French & John Huckster 7&6; Bruce Spooner & Gordon Kendall lost to Ian Hewlett & Peter Clarke 3&2.

Cowdray seniors travelled to Pyecombe, which has proved a happy hunting ground in the past in club matches and open team competitions.

This time, they fought back from a 3-0 deficit to win 4.5-3.5.

Cowdray opening pair Roy Penrose and Martin Brine started well but were beaten by a 45ft putt on the 15th.

The prospects for the visitors looked gloomy when the home side took the next two matches to go 3-0 up, but the recovery was inspired by a 3&2 win from Jan de Vries and Ken Marjoram.

Two further wins and a half brought the scores level, with the outcome of the match hinging on the final tie.

Cowdray’s final pair of Mike Cardiff and Maurice Watts proved nerveless coming in with a 4&3 win to clinch victory for Cowdray.

RESULTS (Cowdray Park names first): Roy Penrose & Martin Brine lost to Brian Angell & David Leach 4&3; Nick Austin & Brian Brockhurst lost to Stan Green & Phil Cooper 4&3; Graham Ralph & David Tilley lost to Neil Neilson & Tom Oliver 4&2; Jan de Vries & Ken Marjoram beat Chris Muschamp & Geoff Webb 3&2; David Heard & Clive Brine beat Ian Hawes & Lionel Foot 2up; Peter Laws & John Smith halved with Ted Whitbourn & Barry Roberts; Wally Mitchell & Philip Singer beat Brian Chasser & Tom Nutley 2&1; Mike Cardiff & Maurice Watts beat Ray Gooderham & Gordon Gosling 4&3.

Cowdray seniors travelled to Ifield mindful that their hosts are the only team to have beaten them at home so far this year.

This time, fortunes were reversed, with Cowdray coming away winners by the same score, 4.5-3.5.

Seven of the eight matches were closely contested, with the only wide margin win being in the penultimate match by David Tilley and Adam Gramston who won 5&3 to clinch the victory for Cowdray Park.

The opening game featured two past seniors’ captains, Allen Sibley and Bill Hummerston, who showed their battling qualities to come back from two down at halfway, to force a half on the 18th hole.

This was Cowdray’s third away win of the season and their second in consecutive days. Results: Allen Sibley & Bill Hummerston halved with Vic Wells & Dale Gates; Alan Godfree & George Crouch lost to Mick Dean & Martin Barham 2dn; Peter Laws & Richard Histed beat Fred Mitchell & Graham Cole 2&1; John Durrell & Clive Strudwick lost to Jim Shelford & Dick Walters 2&1; Gordon Kendall & Mike Cardiff beat David Young & Brian Dodge 2&1; Derek Smith & Bill Brownlee beat Roy Steele & Gerry Lavery 1up; David Tilley & Adam Gramston beat Martin Wright & John Mather 5&3; Graham Evans & Phil Morris lost to John Gardner & Richard Mitchell 3&1.

Cowdray Park players kept up their fine recent record in county competitions when David Balfour and Mark Tweddle won the Sussex Past Captains’ Invitation Challenge from 71 other pairs. This followed on from the recent Past Captains’ Pro-am victory at Copthorne.


Bognor ladies played for the prestigious Langmead Trophy – a 36-hole medal competition – over two consecutive Tuesdays. Spectacular weather and excellent course conditions resulted in the players carding some great scores.

Overall winner Sue Redmond led the field after the first week and carried her good form into the second week to win by one shot from Chloe Court.

Results: Silver div: 1 Sue Redmond 141; 2 Chloe Court 142; 3 Suzanne Taylor 148; 4 Caroline Pilbeam 148; Bronze A: 1 Lynda Searle 149; 2 Jacqui Humphreys 151; 3 Berit Smallcorn 152; 4 Jenny Bartlett 156; Bronze B: 1 Ann Edwards 147; 2 Davina Rumsby 157; Bronze C (36 hcp): 1 Pat Fitzgerald 148; 2 Jane Finch 151.

Foursomes was the format for Bognor ladies as they played for the 36-hole Phillips Salver with a separate 18-hole competition for those not wishing to play two rounds.

The event was hit by thunder and lightning, causing the main competition to be cut to 27 holes.

Results: Phillips Salver – 27 holes: 1 Sheila Sargeant and Chris Puddicombe 54pts; 2 Gill Twyford and Lynda Searle 52; 3 Sophie James and Sian Southerton 50. 18 holes: 1 Kay Dady and Sue Redmond 35; 2 Berit Smallcorn and Barbara Trenchard 32 (cb); 3 Mary Hardy and Brigitte Paul 32 (cb).

In the 44-year-old Purley Trophy nett competition the winner, as stated last week, was Andrew Field of Bognor GC.

In the gross competition, the day belonged to Ed Richardson. The Rye GC member, on his first visit to Bognor, showed all his skills in carving out a magnificent seven-under 63 in the final round. This left him with a six-under score for the two rounds. He was presented with his trophy by Bognor captain Ron Stevens.

More than 130 ladies and men took part in this year’s Captain’s Day competition. The weather could not have been better. All entry fees will be donated to the Macmillan cancer support Team.

Results: Best men’s score - Martin Leo 41pts; 2 Richard Barnett (who donated his prize to the captain’s charity) 40 (cb); 3 Doug Lowman 40; Best Ladies’ score – Sian Southerton 41 (cb); 2 Wendy Johnson 41; Best scratch score – Andrew Field; Best senior score (off yellow tees) – Brian Bowditch 42.

Prizes were presented by Ron Stevens.

Bognor seniors held their annual four-ball team event, followed by a barbecue. Nearly 60 players took part in the competition.

Seniors’ captain Alan Fitzgerald presented the prizes and Jim Catt from the winners’ team thanked organisers Alan and David Turner for their hard work. Credit to the club staff in delivering an excellent course and food.

Results: 1 Dennis Stephens, Ian Towse, Jim Catt,  John Richardson 125pts; 2 Mike Oates, David Turner, Peter Lott, Gary Steventon 119; 3 Richard Kaemena, Steve King, Peter Bell, Steve Flack 117; 4 Roger Leverton, Alan Burrage, Peter Collins, Mike Watts.

Bognor seniors had two club matches. In the first against Corhampton at Bognor, Bognor ran out 4½-3½ winners. Bognor lost the first three matches, but turned it around with four straight wins and the last game was halved.

Results: Allan Delves & Jim Catt lost 1 down, Ian Twyford & Clive Millett lost 5&3, Frank Hodder & Dave Hollis lost 5&3, David Lewis Bowen & Richard Kaemena won 6&5, Peter Lott & Vic Ward won 4&3, Alastair MacDonald & Hugh Diaper won 4&3, Peter Collins & Barry Appleby won 3&2, Mike Oates & John Owen halved.

Bognor visited Rowlands Castle and drew 4-4. The highlight for Bognor was Frank Hodder’s five birdies in his pair’s 4&2 win. There were some remarkably big wins.

Results: Jim Catt & Richard Hedge lost 6&5, David Turner & Ken Catt won 7&6, Gary Steventon & Dennis burke lost 2&1, John Woodhead & Richard Kaemena lost 2 down, Frank Hodder & Chris Hickling won 4&2, Hugh Diaper & Ian Twyford lost 3&2, Tony Wells & Clive Millett won 4&3, Trevor Till & Vic Ward won 7&6.


Selsey veteran Brian Cunningham is celebrating a hole in one.

It came in a vets’ competition on a fine day when scores were expected to be good – but not that good.

He said: “It was the 12th hole, I used an 11-wood which I had only used three times previously.

“I felt as soon as I hit the ball it was good. The flag was at back of the green to the right so the ball hit the green and rolled towards the flag.

“I said to my playing partners ‘That’s close, it could be in the hole.’ But I wouldn’t let myself believe it until we saw the ball in the cup. It only took me a lifetime to achieve! What a day.”