Cowdray are itching for scratch success

The Cowdray Park scratch team
The Cowdray Park scratch team

In the first round of the Optimus Trophy, the Sussex scratch team knockout, Cowdray Park won their home match against a very strong team from Sedlescombe.

In the morning foursomes, Todd White and Scott Foxon birdied the 17th par three to win 2&1 giving first blood to the home side.

The remaining three matches all went to the wire with Howard Kasey and Matt Hill making a great par at the last hole to halve their match.

The other two matches in the morning were won on the last hole by Sedlescombe with some great putts being holed for the win, which resulted in a 2½-1½ lead for the away team in the morning foursomes.

As the afternoon singles went off, the home side were looking to regain the lead and hold off their opponents. The morning pairing of White and Foxon continued their good form and finished their matches all square.

Lee Dormer and Ian Sewell were both looking for vengeance after their morning defeat and both came through their singles matches with a point each to give Cowdray the lead.

Mark Priestley won his match 3&2 leaving Cowdray needing only one point to secure the win, but Sedlescombe stopped the rot in the next match, meaning Cowdray still required a point from two matches.

Howard Kasey, who was three down early on, fought back to take his match level down the last, eventually holing a short putt on the 18th green for the win and the match.

In the last match, Dave Turner and Mick Antony were all square on the 18th green and both had birdie putts which they conceded as a halve to leave the final score 7-5.

Team captain Ben Marley and manager Mark Upton thanked members who supported the team on the day and congratulated their team on a great win against a very strong side. The next match is on Saturday, May 17 at Singing Hills.

The course was bathed in sunshine as Cowdray Park seniors teed off for their latest monthly Stableford. Reflecting the improvement in conditions , 22 of the large field scored 36 points or better.

Leading the way, with a superb 44, came former seniors’ captain Wally Mitchell, no doubt boosted by his success in the match at Bognor earlier in the week, alongside Jan de Vries. This performance earned him a two-shot handicap reduction.

In division one, another ex-captain, David Tilley, finished on top with 40 points, on countback from big-hitting Mike Burgess.

Third with 39 went to Terry Jasper, who earlier in the week had won his way into the final of the Sandell Trophy by defeating Maurice Watts.

Runner-up in division two was the consistent Brian Carpenter with 41 points, from another ex-section captain Peter Burton, who with 39 points reduced his handicap and has returned to division one.

There was a touch of deja-vu about the shot of the day when Pat Harrison holed his second shot on the par-four 16th for an eagle for the second month running.

The seniors welcomed another new member to their ranks - Graham Ralph, whose family is steeped in golfing tradition with brother Glen on the seniors’ tour and daughter Hannah on the ladies’ European tour.

A raffle and donations raised £208 for the captain’s charity.

Leading scores - Div 1 - David Tilley, Mike Burgess 40pts; Terry Jasper, Peter Laws, Peter Hallt 39; Gordon Kendall, David Gaff, Ken Marjoram 38. Div 2 - overall winner Wally Mitchell 44; Brian Carpenter 41; Peter Burton, Alan Cram 39; Rodney Fisher 38; Maurice Watts 37.

Cowdray Park seniors’ winter knockout competitions have reached the final stages.

The pairs’ competition for the Barham Salver went to Derek Smith and John Newman, who beat Rob Doney and Terry Jasper in the final.

The singles final for the Sandell Trophy will take place in early May and will be between Phil Harrison and Terry Jasper, who will be in receipt of some useful shots.

Harrison had to play an extra round and on his way to the final he beat recent Stableford runner-up Mike Burgess, vice-captain Sam Howes, Geoff Partington, recent winner Terry Adsett and Graham Thompson.

Jasper had an equally tough passage, overcoming Jim Booth, Nick Austin, Derek Smith and Maurice Watts to secure his place. To add extra spice to the day, Harrison is a Spurs supporter while Terry Jasper’s colours are nailed to the Arsenal mast.

Cowdray Park seniors suffered a rare home defeat at the hands of Ifield by 4½-3½. Weather and course conditions were ideal for golf, with brilliant sunshine and just a light breeze.

The hosts could not have made a better start with two ex-captains, Allen Sibley and Bill Hummerston, teaming up for a 3&2 win, before the visitors drew level.

David Heard and Richard Histed battled fiercely to force a half and keep matters even before the visitors took the lead.

Cowdray, through John Newman and Mike Cardiff, drew level with a stunning 5&4 win.

The day’s biggest win, 7&6, courtesy of Roger Poat and Ian Goodall, put the home side ahead. The final two matches went the way of the visitors, with the final match being won by the minimum margin of one up.

Results (Cowdray Park names first): Allen Sibley & Bill Hummerston beat Vic Wells & Dale Gates 3&2; Ian Heustice & George Crouch lost to John Gardner & Richard Mitchell 1 dn; David Heard & Richard Histed halved with Mick Dean & Martin Barham; Brian Brockhurst & John Durrell lost to Fred Mitchell & Graham Cole 2 dn; John Newman & Mike Cardiff beat Phil Lewis & John Mather 5&4; Roger Poat & Ian Goodall beat Jim Shelford & Dick Walters 7&6; Martin Day & Bill Brownlee lost to David Young & Brian Dodge 3&2; Terry Adsett & Adam Gramston lost to Gerry Clements & Steve Date 1 dn.

Cowdray Park GC are holding an open day on Saturday, May 17.

Organisers are promising a great day out for all the family at an event being held as part of National Golf Month.

There’s free coaching for beginners, free golf on the academy course, putting and chipping competitions, prizes, a bouncy castle and a barbecue.

A competition will offer the chance to win tickets to the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

CHICHESTER

Chichester ladies have been making the most of the better weather.

The Saturday players enjoyed good conditions, which resulted in Kathy Donohoe winning a Stableford competition with 39 points. Second was Lisa Mitchelmore with 35 and third was Mary-Lou Litton with 32.

The spring leg of the Four Seasons competition was played. Scores from Tuesday and Saturday matches were amalgamated and the winner with a credible 36 points was Kathy Donohoe. Second was Jennifer Sherwood with 35, third Val Swain with 34.

The April medal was played in spring-like weather and in-form Kathy Donohoe won with a nett 71, which resulted in a handicap cut to five. Second on countback was Caroline Hawkes with 76 and third was Elaine Fell.

The next Saturday competition was a qualifying Stableford. Lisa Mitchelmore was victorious with 37 points, second was Erica Ellicott with 36 and third Helen Ball with 34.

A large field took part in the Spring Trophy. On countback the winner was Erica Ellicott with 33 points. Second was Trish Robertson and third with 32 was Elaine Fell.

The Saturday Stableford was won by Val Swain, with Lisa Mitchelmore second and Helen Ball third.

The latest Tuesday competition was the annual Roy Keep spring pairs. Players play off three-quarters handicap in a Stableford.

The winners were Sang Porter and Sue Winterbotham with 38 points. Second on countback were Jennifer Sherwood and Pauline Beale with 36 ahead of Kathy Donohoe and Mo Davison.

AVISFORD PARK

Golfers at Avisford Park celebrated St George’s Day with a Stableford which 46 people entered.

Conditions were blustery at times and with some tricky pin positions, only Richard Burtenshaw managed to break handicap.

With 40 points, Burtenshaw won by a healthy four points, with Andy Adams finishing second ahead of Nick Elliman on countback - both with a very respectable score of 36 points.

Fish and chips were followed by the presentation.

The club website - www.avisfordparkgolfclub.com - has details of events at the club.

BOGNOR

Bognor ladies’ spring meeting consisted of a 32-hole foursomes Stableford.

Results: 1 Jacquie Humphreys & Wendy Johnson 62pts; 2 Denise Duquemin & Lynda Searle 58; 3 Chloe Court & Mary Adames 58; 4 Lynn Miller & Ann Bushell 55.

An 18-hole morning-round foursomes Stableford was also held.

Results: 1 Edwina Beresford & Berit Smallcorn 35; 2 Nicky Vincent & Dawn Heath 33; 3 Janet Carter & Gill Harries 33.

n Bognor ladies’ Memorial Bowl was won by Jane Russell.

Results: Silver - 1 Suzanne Taylor 33pts; 2 Teresa Byrne 32; 3 Chloe Court 32; 4 Caroline Pilbeam 31. Bronze A - 1 Jane Russell 35; 2 Berit Smallcorn 34; 3 Liz Quinton 32. Bronze B - 1 Kim Mercer 25; 2 Jan Ireland 24. Bronze C - 1 Pauline Littlejohns 28;

2 Maleta Moore 22.