At Selsey Golf Club, the month started with one of the dinner cup competitions, the Beldam Cup.
In fairly-calm conditions, Paul Lee and Jon Bines scored 41 points - beating Matthew Hurst and Alun Morey on countback.
The following week brought the monthly medal. Division one was won by Andrew Terry with a fantastic nett score of 63, three shots clear of Bill Daniels, who shot 66.
Division two was won by the in-form Paul Lee with 68, beating Vic Wade, who shot 69. In the Easter Cup, Keith Harvey beat Leigh Treanor on countback after the pair had both shot nett 66.
In the final week of April, the Sutton Taylor and Rabbits Cup were played.
The Sutton Taylor was won by Malcolm Cawte on countback from Craig Newman after both had shot 69 nett. Malcolm’s win was very impressive as he had also shot the lowest gross score of 73, six shots clear of his nearest rival.
It was a very good month for Paul Lee - he also won the Rabbits Cup with nett 70. Second place went to new member Dan Russell with 72.
May started with the Elvin Cup, won by Simon Aspital and Ian Lloyd, who tied with Ian Ford and Peter Stares on a score of four up - the former pair winning with a better back-nine score.
Bognors’s Cyril Blake team visited Cowdray and came away with a 4-0 win. All games were extremely well contested and three went to the 18th hole.
Results: (Bognor names first): Norman Lee & Mick Martin won 3&2 against Mike Purdie & Dave Lucking, Simon Watts & Steve Reddick wom 2&1 against Phil Cummins & Paul Owen, Ian Paine & Jim Stephenson won 2&1 against Derek Smith & Alan Gormley, Ron Stevens & Gary Steventon won 1 up against Dave Hirons & Harvey Terry.
More than 60 Bognor seniors took part in the seniors’ spring cup. It’s one of the ‘majors’ at Bognor and following the competition and an excellent lunch, seniors’ captain Alan Fitzgerald presented the Spring Cup and the Tommy Thomson trophy.
Spring Cup results: Div 1 winner and overall competition winner - Jim Stephenson 42pts, 2 Roger Leverton 39; 3 (on countback) Russel Braham. Div 2 winner - Derek Whiting 38pts, 2 Bill Floyd 36, 3 Robert Young 35.
The Tommy Thomson Trophy, played in April, was won by Andy Isitt with 41 points. Tommy Thomson is still a regular player at Bognor at the age of 101 - a magnificent achievement. He was featured in the Observer last year when he celebrated his 100th birthday.
Bognor seniors entertained Worthing on a warm but windy day, and Bognor ran out 6-2 winners. The first two matches were halved, and it looked like being a tight contest but Bognor managed to win five out of the last six matches.
Results: Alan Fitzgerald & Peter Lott halved, Allan Delves & Mike Walsh halved, Mike Oates & Dennis Burke won 5&4, Clive Millett & John Woodhead won 2&1, David Burden & Alastair MacDonald lost 1 down, Chris Hickling & Roger Selway won 3&1, David Turner & Peter Collins won 5&3, Frank Hodder & John King won 4&3.
Bognor’s senior mixed pairs played their first game of the season at home to West Chiltington. There was confusion over start times and the match was reduced to 12 holes. Bognor won 6½-1½.
Results: Eileen & Jim Morris won 2&1, Pat Rishman & John King won 2&1, Davina & Alan Rumsby won 2&1, Sue Doughty & Paul Black won 3&2, Berit & Trevor Smallcorn won 3&1, Barbara Trenchard & Steve King lost 2&1, Gill & Ian Twyford won 4&2.
Bognor’s men played in their first Wednesday evening league fixture on the season when Worthing visited. The evening league is a home and away foursomes competition between Bognor, Cowdray Park, Worthing, Littlehampton and Ham Manor over the summer.
This match finished 2½-2½. Bognor lost the first two pairs and did well to halve the match
Results: John Lampard & bob Wilson lost 4&3 to Phil Coles & David Williams, Steve Reddick & James MacLean lost 3&2 to Ben Colbourne & Pete Thomas, Mark Watson & Rob Redmond halved with Phil Gobeil & Mike Hall, John Cable & Ian Hendry won 3&2 over Andy Bell & Barry Compton, Simon Watts & Ron Stevens won 3&1 over Alan Emerson & Richard Haskins.
n Bognor ladies held a Stableford and there was a trophy awarded to the best senior player - Janet Carter with 33 points.
Results - Silver - 1 Suzanne Taylor 42pts; 2 Denise Pratt 39; 3 Wendy Johnson 37; 4 Sian Southern 36; 5 Sheila Sargeant 35. Bronze A -
1 Edwina Beresford 39; 2 Berit Smallcorn 36; 3 Jane Russell 34; 4 Sally Cameron 33. Bronze B - 1 Eileen Morris 31; 2 Brigitte Paul 30; 3 Carol Adams 28. Bronze C - 1 Vanessa Cole 30; 2 Pauline Littlejohns 28.
Suzanne Taylor hit a gross 72, which is par for the course, and had her handicap cut to 4.8. Gill Harries scored an eagle on the par-four third hole.
Cowdray Park seniors made the short journey to face a very strong Liphook side, and, as is usual in this fixture, the result was very close with the verdict going to the home side by 4-3.
The first match featured the big guns from each side - Cowdray’s Dave Hirons, who had won the club’s monthly medal earlier in the week and had his handicap further reduced, and Graeme Fairley for Liphook, who plays off six. This time victory went to the home pair by 5&4.
The visitors levelled in the next tie, courtesy of Dave Lucking and Mike King, who ground out a 2&1 win before the home side re-established the lead with wins in the following two matches.
David Heard and Bruce Spooner were beaten by only one down in their match before John Sanderson and Rodney Fisher exacted revenge by the same margin to bring the scores closer, before the home side gained an unassailable lead.
In the final leg, Dave Tilley and Ken Marjoram teamed up to win 5&4, and equal the day’s largest winning margin.
Results (Cowdray Park names first): Dave Hirons & Graham Evans lost to Graeme Fairley & H.Jones 5&4; Dave Lucking & Mike King beat W Davies & J Dunt 2&1; Brian Carpenter & Gordon Kendall lost to L.Talbot & R.Freedman 5&4; David Heard & Bruce Spooner lost to J Pollock & B Smith 1 dn; John Sanderson & Rodney Fisher beat Gordon Oehlers & John Read 1up; Des White & Howard Morley lost to J Trewby & I Payne; David Tilley & Ken Marjoram beat M Fox & C Thwaites.5&4.
Continual rain and driving winds prevailed during Cowdray Park seniors’ Podmore Salver, making it difficult to keep equipment dry, and the rain-sodden pairs who completed their rounds provided a very bedraggled picture when they reached the clubhouse.
The winners, John Lee and John Kitchener, must have been pleasantly surprised to win with 34 points, bearing in mind last year’s winners triumphed with 39 points, proving the difficulty of the conditions this year.
Second place went to the other pair from the initial group out, Mick Fillary and Brian Carpenter with 33, with all four players now earning themselves a place in the end of season seniors’ championship.
Thirty-two was a popular score with four pairs sharing it.
Leading scores: 1 John Lee & John Kitchener 34pts; 2 Mick Fillary & Brian Carpenter 33; 3 (in order of cb) Allen Sibley & Mike Hughes; Pat Bonner & Derek Smith; Bill Hummerston & John Doran; David Heard & Ken Marjoram, all 32.
Cowdray Park ladies held an excellent invitation with a new format which was enjoyed by members and guests. The format was a bowmaker in which a team of four played, with just two scores counting on par fives, three scores counting on par fours and all four scores counting on par threes.
Guests from 20 clubs and five counties enjoyed playing a course in great condition but it was hard in the blustery wind.
A total of £308 was raised in the raffle to support this year’s charity, Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.
Golf At Goodwood’s Marco Penge made golf history by becoming the first player to win the prestigious Fairhaven Trophy two years in a row.
The accomplished 15-year-old was in commanding form recording rounds of 69, 70, 70 with a final round of 72 to win the event by an impressive seven-shot margin from Hexham’s Matty Lamb.
Penge won the title last year in a four-hole play-off but this year hit brilliant form to lead all the way and improve by seven shots on his 2013 four-round winning total.
He said: “I struck the ball really well all four rounds and avoided any costly errors. I didn’t worry about anyone else but just concentrated on my own game and score. Last year going into the last round I was six shots behind the leader so going into the final 18 holes this year, I knew a seven-shot lead was not a guaranteed win.”
Last year Penge was the youngest player ever to have won the tournament and this year he equalled the best aggregate score of the tournament’s history.
It has been a very busy time for the seniors’ section with four matches in eight days.
First, they travelled to The Dyke GC in the Spooner Cup. The home team won 5-3. Littlehampton look forward to the return home match.
Two days later Littlehampton welcomed their opponents from Singing Hills. Richard Begley of Singing Hills had a hole in one at the third. He very kindly supplied the port for lunch. Littlehampton won 7-1.
Next, Littlehampton welcomed a team from West Sussex GC. West Sussex had a strong side and won 5 -3.
In a return match against Hindhead, the wind was quite gusty. Littlehampton had managed a half at Hindhead but with the help of the wind Littlehampton won 5-3.