Golf at Goodwood PGA pro Christian Fogden and amateur partner James Woodman savoured the challenge facing next year’s Ryder Cup heroes as they competed in the Lombard Trophy at Gleneagles.
The Sussex pair acquitted themselves well with rounds of 75 and 70 in the £43,500 tournament which was won by the Kedleston Park duo of Ian Walley and Ian Neal.
Fogden and his eight handicap partner were competing against 15 other clubs from the UK over the PGA Centenary Course in the PGA National Pro-Am Championship.
This was the first of a three-year sponsorship by Lombard, the UK’s leading asset finance provider, and attracted more than 700 clubs who participated in 16 regional finals.
Another successful ladies’ pro-am was held at Cowdray Park - the 12th year of the event. The weather was glorious although windy and the course was stunning.
The winning professionals were Charles Giddings from Beauport Park and Cowdray’s Hannah Ralph, who tied for first place with an amazing gross 69.
The best team score - a creditable 14 under par - was achieved by pro Scott Brown with his team of Ann Tyrrell, Catherine Bullock and Freddie Hughes from West Sussex.
The runners-up, also with 14 under, missing out on countback, were from Worthing with professional Kieron Judges and his team of Sarah Cooper-Olsen, Grace Man and Debbie Burdon.
In third place, from Lewes, with 13 under par were Sue Richardson, Mandy Hilton and Ellen Dunne and their professional Tony Hilton.
Thanks went to Cowdray’s sister club Chiddingfold GC, who donated the prizes. The raffle raised £170 for the lady captain’s charity Canine Partners.
The golf was followed by a meal and prizegiving.
The ladies’ EGU September medal was played at Cowdray Park.
Results: Div 1 - 1 Wendy Street nett 70, 2 Tessa Stockwell 73, 3 Sue Brown 74. Div 2 - 1 Sally Williams 73, 2 Barbara Smith 74, 3 Sue Morris 74. Div 3 - 1 Anne Laver 72, 2 Maureen Bailey 79, 3 Chris Sommerville 81.
Having drawn 4-4 at Petersfield, Cowdray Park seniors were hopeful of using home advantage to good effect. This they did by winning 6-2 against a visiting side which included two experienced former Cowdray members.
The home side were able to field five of the pairs who played the away fixture, with four winning and one losing.
The opening match featured Cowdray match manager Ken Newberry and Dave Hirons facing former Cowdray members Alan Austin and Colin Stevenson. The visiting duo put their course knowledge and shots received to good use to win 3&2.
Austin, in particular, was in sparkling form covering the back nine in par. The next three matches all went to the home side, proving the benefit of retaining the same pairings.
David Manning & Alistair Proctor completed an excellent 5&4 win before the visitors reduced the arrears with their only other success.
Three matches starting at the 17th all went the way of Cowdray.
Results (Cowdray Park names first); Ken Newberry & Dave Hirons lost to Alan Austin & Colin Stevenson 3&2; Ian Goodall & Roger Poat beat Andrew Gibson & Guy Warner 3&2; Rob Doney & David Tilley beat Marshall Smith & John Broad 3&1; David Manning & Alistair Proctor beat John Dunmall & Ken McClung 5&4; Richard Histed & Ian Heustice lost to Brian Phillips & Peter Marchant 1 dn; Graham Evans & John Newman beat Ken Robbins & Peter Ellam 2up; David Wickham & Colin Tebbutt beat David Budd & John Edelsten 3&1; Peter Laws & Bruce Spooner beat Mike Bee & Ken Pidgley 3&2.
Having suffered their only home defeat this season so far, at the hands of the Hayling vets, Cowdray Park seniors travelled to the Hampshire coast for the return on the tough championship links course, facing a strong team intent on completing the double.
Trevor Edwards and Tony Pike kicked off for Cowdray and, for eight holes, it was nip and tuck. Then on the ninth and tenth, the hosts established a lead which Edwards and Pike were unable to claw back, eventually losing 3&2.
Cowdray fought back with a 3&2 win from Jan de Vries and David Finn, despite conceding shots to the home pair. Three narrow-margin wins followed for the home team before Wally Mitchell and Roy Hall raised Cowdray hopes with a two-up win against experienced Terry Trise and Mike Hughes-Narborough.
Sadly it was a short-lived effort as the home team took the final two matches to complete a comfortable 6-2 win.
Results: Trevor Edwards & Tony Pike lost to Alan Mills & Keith Arnold 3&2; Jan de Vries & David Finn beat Phil Bailey & Richard Platt 3&2; Ian Heustice & Keith Chapman lost to Barry Jones & Edgar Houlson 2dn; David Tilley & Pat Harrison lost to Barry Goodchild & Ed Spencer 2&1; David Wickham & Ian Goodall lost to Brian Edwards & Brian Osbourne 1dn; Wally Mitchell & Roy Hall beat Terry Trise & Mike Hughes-Narborough 2up; Ken Marjoram & Colin Tebbutt lost to Roger Standen & Peter Mellish 4&3; Clive Strudwick & Gary Strowbridge lost to Richard Gambold & Doug Aylward 7&5.
On a typical autumn day, Cowdray Park seniors entertained their near neighbours from Liphook.
Cowdray’s in-form match manager Brian Carpenter formed a strong partnership with Jan de Vries and they reversed their away defeat of 5&4, with de Vries playing superbly with an under-handicap performance.
The second match featured a return clash between Allen Sibley and Mike King and Liphook’s Ron Lawley and John Read and the result was the same, with Cowdray’s pair again successful, this time by 4&2.
Match three brought Liphook’s only success before Cowdray won the final four matches. Graham Thompson and John Doran had the day’s joint biggest win (5&4), before two close finishes completed a 6-1 win.
Results: Brian Carpenter & Jan de Vries beat Johnny Talbot & Alan Peddle 5&4; Allen Sibley & Mike King beat Ron Lawley & John Read 4&2; Wally Mitchell & Barry Overington lost to Hugh Poyser & Robin Rickman 1 dn; Mike Hughes & Sam Howes beat Tony Walker & Rod Matthews 4&2; Graham Thompson & John Doran beat Peter MacFarlane & Ian Menzies 5&4; David Heard & Peter Laws beat Alan Hill & Richard Edmondson 1 up; Trevor Edwards & Ian Goodall beat Gordon Oehlers & Richard Mountford 1up.
Having won the Cowdray Park seniors’ invitation less than a month ago with 43 points, Phil Harrison (Cowdray Park) and Pat Northeast (Littlehampton) repeated the feat at Littlehampton, with exactly the same score.
At the Bognor ladies’ club championship, Suzanne Taylor became club champion after successfully winning her semi-final on the 19th hole and went on to beat Bridget Samuels, last year’s champion, in the final.
Sian Southerton and Heather Tidy were the other semi-finalists, a great achievement after playing a qualifier to enter and a knockout through the summer.
Supporters enjoyed top class golf from all four players.
A total of 62 ladies took part in the autumn meeting for the Milbourn Cup, originally donated by Sir Ralph Milbourn. This year Heather Tidy (silver division) was the winner with 70, on countback from Barbara Evans from bronze B division.
Second in silver was Lynn Miller on 72, on countback from Caroline Pilbeam, Nicki Vincent and Bridget Samuels.
Christine Puddicombe was first in bronze A with 73, followed by Kay Dady on 75. Angela Allen was third with 76 on countback from Georgina McCormack. Debbie Fenton was fifth on 78.
Second to Barbara Evans in bronze B was Wendie Bell with 78, on countback from Pat Fitzgerald. Beryl Payne was fourth with 79, on countback from Anne Coupe.
Bognor seniors won their latest two games, one home and one away.
The first was against Waterlooville and Bognor ran out 5½-2½ winners.
Scores: Barry Vanstone & Ken Catt lost 4&3, Trevor Till & Chris Hickling won 3&2, Richard Hedge & Alistair MacDonald lost 1 down, Mike Oates & Barry Ingate won 4&2, Clive Millett & Hugh Diaper won 5&3, Roger Selway & Allan Delves won 1 up, Alan Fitzgerald & Vic Ward won 2&1, Steve King & Peter Collins halved.
Next up was a derby with Littlehampton, always looked forward to by both clubs and normally close encounters - but on this occasion Bognor won 8-2. Highlight result for Bognor was John Owen and Allan Delves’ emphatic 8&6 win.
Scores: Mike Oates & David Turner won 2 up, Richard Hedge & Chris Hickling won 5&4, Gary Steventon & Alastair MacDonald won 7&5, John Owen & Allan Delves won 8&6, Paul Black & Barry Appleby lost 2&1, Roger Selway & Barry Ingate won 5&3, Andy Bence & Dennis Burke won 6&5, Clive Millett & Vic Ward lost 3&1, Trevor Till & Mike Wilson won 5&3, Ken Catt & Hugh Diaper won 2&1.
More than 50 seniors took part in the fourth round of the Fletcher Trophy. Winner was Richard Kaemena with a superb score of 44 points and second on countback was John Harnett with 41. Third was Allan Delves, on countback from Barry Ingate.
The top 40 players from all four rounds will now take part in the final later in the month.
A total of 74 members played in the Grayson Cup. This trophy used to be known as the Past Captains’ Trophy, a Stableford open to men and ladies. Congratulations goes to winner Mark Bingham with 40 points. Second with 39 was Richard Perry and third Rob Redmond with 38.
One of the major competitions played each year at Selsey GC is for the Max Faulkner Claret Jug.
When Faulkner won the The Open Championship in 1951 he and his father Gus, also a club professional, were the owners of the club.
The competition is for all sections of the club - men, ladies, veterans and juniors. Four players from each - winners from qualifying competitions - compete for the Claret Jug and this year’s winner was Brian Williamson (handicap 18) with a nett score of 66.
Second was Brian’s brother John Williamson (18), with 69. Both are members of the veterans’ section.
The Claret Jug was presented to Brian by club captain Trevor Lake.
Third was Terry Conebar (16) with 70 on countback from Jay Hartland (11), who had the lowest gross score for the competition of 81.
In addition to winning The Open, Max Faulkner played five times in the Ryder Cup, including at Lindrick in 1957, when the British team won for the first time since 1933. The last time he visited Selsey GC was to open the new professional’s shop. He died in 2005 at the age of 88.
Chichester ladies played the last leg of their Four Seasons competition - the autumn competition. It is well supported as the best three scores count from the winter, spring and summer competitions
The winner of the autumn competition with 41 Stableford points was Amanda Mackenzie. Second was Jennifer Fidler with 39 and third Sue Winterbotham on 38.
The overall winner for the best three scores goes toKathy Donohue with a total of 114 points. Runner-up was Caroline Hawkes on 111.
Prizes will be awarded at the annual meeting in November. Proceeds from the event go towards the lady captain’s charity.
The midweek roll-up competition was won by Ray Owen with 35 points. The ladies’ Stableford was won by Hermione Redfern with 37.
The weekend roll-up competition was won by Geoff Kilgarriff with 38 points.
Avisford’s club captain held a charity day with members and guests playing a Stableford. The winner was Mark Heron with 43 points with Tony Lee second with 42 and Robert Baker third with 41 points.
A total of £750 was raised for this year’s chosen charity, the Chestnut Tree House.
The senior Stableford was won in division one by Peter Collins with 43 points and in division two by Brian Morgan with 40.
A major fundraising event was held in aid of club captain Carl Stabler’s charity, which raises money for those with motor neurone disease.
The competition, the Charity Am Am, attracted 160 golfers from the home club and others around the south and raised more than £2,500.
The team event was won by Graham and Elaine Taylor with Andy and Sue Nelson, all from Lee-on-the-Solent Golf Club.