Busy Bognor juniors are teed up for trophy success

Bognor juniors who shone in the President's Prize competition
Bognor juniors who shone in the President's Prize competition

Bognor juniors had a very busy month with four competitions played.

The Redfern Trophy, sponsored by Derek Dady and Richard Beresford, was won after a one-hole play-off by Ben Hughes with 41 points. Second was Jack Taylor on 41, third Ryan Maskell on 40.

The Presidents’ Trophy was sponsored by Chris Martin and was won by James Woosley 84 points from two rounds. Runner-up was Jake Stoneham on 83 points and third was Max Littleboy with 81.

The Junior Citeog three clubs and a putter competition was taken by Bradley Dodman with 42 points. The Norman Enticott Trophy – sponsored by Pat Enticott - went to Ryan Breach (78 gross). Second was Tom Stoneham (79), third Megan Tinson with 81.

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It was a very hot day when 86 ladies played in the Lady Captain’s Day at Bognor.

The overall winner of the prestigious trophy was Mary Adames with nett 70. The winner of bronze A division was Jenny Phillmore with 71 and bronze B winner was Beryl Payne with 74.

Second in the silver division was Gill Harries with 71, bronze A runner-up was Georgina McCormack with 72 and bronze B runner-up was Kim Mercer with 75.

Lady captain Edwina Beresford and her family provided Pimms and nibbles along with a very popular chocolate fountain.

LITTLEHAMPTON

For the second successive year, Josh Strudwick from Bognor is junior champion at Littlehampton GC. He won it with a gross score of three over par - 73.

The 17-year-old has featured in some top-quality junior competitions, including opens at Ham Manor, Hayling Island and Camberley Heath, playing alongside county players from Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex.

Apart from winning his home tournament, his best finish to date has been third in the Blackmoor junior open.

Josh plays off a handicap of three and has ambitions of turning professional.

Littlehampton professional Stuart Fallow said: “Juniors are the future lifeblood of any golf club and we are very fortunate to have talented youngsters like Josh wanting to play at Littlehampton.”

CHICHESTER

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.

COWDRAY PARK

There is a new director of golf at Cowdray Park - Tim Allen. He has 15 years’ experience as a PGA professional having previously been an assistant pro at Hartsbourne in Hertfordshire and Alresford GC in Hampshire.

He moved to Iford Golf Centre, Bournemouth, where he was teaching professional for five years and general manager for three.

Allen will assist with day-to-day operations at Cowdray and his main focus will be developing the academy, highlighting the facilities at Cowdray and promoting sister club Chiddingfold.

He is aiming to forge a relationship with Midhurst Rother College, working with Aspire Sussex to promote beginners’ adult group sessions and creating coaching holidays to Spain.

For more information or to talk about one-to-one lessons, call 01730 813599.

n After three very competitive rounds over the summer months and more than 60 teams entering, there are nine teams going through to the grand final of Cowdray Park’s Corporate Challenge on Tuesday, October 1.

Last year’s winners HT Supplies from Chichester have two teams in the final hoping to win the superb first prize of three nights’ stay at The Andalucia Plaza Hotel in Spain with golf included.

The runners-up each receiving £250 worth of Condor Ferries travel vouchers.

The event goes from strength to strength, attracting many national and local blue-chip companies who see it as an excellent way to promote and network with other companies, plus enjoy playing Cowdray Park - considered by some as one of the best golf courses in the south.

Any company or group wishing to enter the Harwoods Challenge 2014 can contact their local Harwoods dealer or email enquiries@cowdraygolf.co.uk

Tessa Stockwell played some superb golf to become Cowdray Park’s new ladies’ champion, winning the Munro Trophy played over 36 holes with scores of gross 80 and 78. Tessa achieved several birdies during the two rounds plus an eagle three on the par-five tenth hole.

Barbara Parker was runner-up with a gross 170 and Jill Parry won the handicap prize with a superb nett 69 and 76.

Tea was taken on the patio, where the presentation took place.

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Cowdray Park seniors travelled to Worthing, having won the home leg by a stunning 7-1 score, ready to face a challenge from one of the strongest club sides in the county.

Match manager Bill Hummerston announced he was to retire from the position after this match and his team responded magnificently, digging deep to complete the double with a 5-3 win against a very strong team on a course acknowledged as one of the toughest in the area.

Hummerston continued his excellent form, partnering seniors’ captain Allen Sibley to an extraordinary 8&7 win.

Ken Marjoram and Mike Cardiff who continued their run with a 2&1 win. A heavy defeat followed before the redoubtable pair of Derek Smith and seniors’ vice-captain Brian Brockhurst won 3&2.

Two wins followed for Worthing to level matters, so the pressure was on Cowdray.

The last two matches were nail-biting affairs with John Newman and Dave Darby prevailing by one up, while in the last match the reliable Roger Poat and late substitute Colin Tebbutt rose to the occasion and came out winners by 2&1 to secure victory for their side by 5-3.

Afterwards praise was heaped on Bill Hummerston for his work during his tenure as match manager for this fixture.

Scores: (Cowdray Park names first): Bill Hummerston & Allen Sibley beat Arthur Nicholls & David Pond 8&7; Ken Marjoram & Mike Cardiff beat Brian Quaife & Eric Gall 2&1; John Start & George Crouch lost to Alec Price & Frank Phillips 7&6; Derek Smith & Brian Brockhurst beat Ron Turner & Gordon Harrison 3&2; David Tilley & David Wickham lost to John Wood & Duncan Smeaton 2&1; Terry Adsett & Wally Mitchell lost to Chris Worrall & Jim Smith 3&1; John Newman & Dave Darby beat Sam Armadass & Brian Pannell 1 up; Roger Poat & Colin Tebbutt beat Jim Rand & Ian Lewis 2&1.

Cowdray Park seniors held their annual invitation event under clear blue skies on a course magnificently prepared by Jonathan Smith and his staff.

The greens had speeded up and it took many among the field of 100 some time to get used to them.

Fifty Cowdray seniors partnering invitees from 41 different clubs across the south.

Early starter Chris Hoare and partner Jim Jewell (Slinfold) set the target with a good score of 40 points but this was surpassed by the 41 of Jan de Vries and Mark Willmer (Bognor).

Dave Hirons and Bill Houlton (Bognor) and Peter Burton and veteran Scot John Buchanan (Goodwood) both finished on 42, with Burton and Buchanan claiming second place overall with a better back nine (24).

The eventual winners with 43 points were Phil Harrison and Pat Northeast (Littlehampton).

The shot of the day came from Harrison when, having run off the fairway into the rough on the seco nd hole with his drive, his way to the green appeared blocked out by trees but he drew a four-iron around the tree, past the bunkers to within a foot of the pin. He duly sunk the birdie putt for four points on the most difficult hole on the course.

The longest drive on the 13th was struck by Dave Lucking. Nearest the pin on the ninth David Heard was Cowdray’s Michael Nobes.

Seniors’ captain Allen Sibley presented the prizes after a vote of thanks to all helpers who made the day such a success.

Results: 1 Phil Harrison & Pat Northeast 43pts; 2 Peter Burton & John Buchanan 42 (ocb); 3 Dave Hirons & Bill Houlton; 4 Jan de Vries & Mark Willmer 41; 5 Gary Strowbridge & Mike Harrison 40 (ocb); 6 Chris Hoare & Jim Jewell.