A new annual competition was played for the first time by the veterans’ section at Selsey GC when the captain’s team took on the vice-captain’s in a four-ball better-ball matchplay competition played in pairs with three-quarters handicap allowance.
There were 14 players in each team and the vice-captain’s team won 4-3. A shield was presented to the winning team and a losers’ trophy went to the other team.
Following the normal Wednesday veterans’ competition, presentations were made to the winners of the Arthur Powis Cup and the Eddie Maghie Trophy.
The winner of the Arthur Powis Cup, an 18-hole strokeplay competition, was John Williamson with a nett score of 65. Second was Paul Boughton with 68 and third was Denny Terry with 70.
Arthur Powis was a founder member of the veterans’ section and the cup was presented by Arthur’s daughter Eddie Williamson - who is also John’s wife and a past ladies’ captain.
When Eddie and John originally presented the cup to the club in memory of her father, John promised that when he was a veteran he would win it for her - and this year he did just that.
The second presentation was to the winner of the Eddie Maghie Trophy, a nine-hole Stableford for the over-75 super vets. Ted Growns won with 17 points on countback from Doug Tupper. Third was Peter Brooks with 16 points. The presentation was made by Sylvia, Eddie’s widow.
The Chichester Veterans’ Summer Trophy competition was played in pleasant weather with a keen wind and it proved exciting. The competition is sponsored by the Royal Garden Hotel, whose owner Colin Lindsell provided the prizes.
The early leader was Bill Penn with 39 points but he was surpassed by Don Fowler and then Ken Hart, who equalled his score but with better back nines. The fast-improving Mike Skinner came in with 40 points and looked the likely winner - but in the last group, Nick Hobbs equalled his score and, with 22 points on the back nine, he took the trophy.
Result: Trophy winner - Nick Hobbs 40pts, 2 Mike Skinner 40, 3 Ken Hart 39, 4 Don Fowler 39; Nearest the pins - 4th hole, Richard Holden, 6th Rob Baldwin, 13th Terry Greene, 15th Peter Green.
The veterans ended June and started July in fine fashion with three victories over very good opponents. The first of these matches against Lindfield was revenge for an away defeat in March and with two matches halved and three others going to the 18th green, it was very close. Chichester ended up 5-3 victors.
Scores: R Stainsby & N Moore halved; P Green & J Paul won 6&5; R Holden & R Fletcher won 2&1; J Robertson & D Blythe halved; M Chapman & I Hollow won 2&1; D Fowler & J Fox lost 3&1; R Chandler & B Shrives-Wrist lost 4&3; G Williams & R Parker won 8&6.
The vets entertained Slinfold, which is always a good contest. The hosts were on top form and with early victories they soon set up an unassailable lead before triumphing 5-3.
Scores: R Stainsby & D Monkton won 1 up; J Paul & M Chapman won 1 up; J Robertson & G Williams won 4&3; N Hobbs & R Parker won 5&3; P Green & R Chandler won 6&4; K Williams & E Root lost 2&1; R Holden & P Johnson lost 2&1; B Martin & D Matthey lost 4&3.
The vets went to play away to local rivals Bognor and the result was a triumph for Chichester who won 6-2.
Scores: R Stainsby & D Matthey beat D Turner & A Delves 3&2; B Martin & J Paul beat C Millett & B Ingate 1 up; C Goldsmid & E Root lost to F Hodder & P Black 3&2; J Robertson & B Shrives-Wrist beat G Steventon & D Burke 4&3; B Sharpe & K Williams beat T Wells & D Sheath 5&3; B Santer & J Fox beat P Collins & B Madgewick 2&1; M Chapman & R Holden beat H Diaper 8&7; P Green & M Arthur lost to H Layton & P Bell 5&3.
Cowdray seniors won their latest home match against the Dyke 7½-½.
In the corresponding match last year, the home side were beaten by 4½-3½ in atrocious conditions.
The first match, involving Derek Smith and John Newman, set the pattern for the day, with a wide-margin win for the home pair by 8&7 over Graham Willis and Freddie Spires. The success continued almost unabated until the final match, which brought a 7&6 win for Roger Poat and Rodney Fisher.
Scores: Derek Smith & John Newman beat Graham Willis & Freddie Spires 8&7; John Smith & Mike Cardiff beat Dave Barber & Alan Glynne 3&2; Jan de Vries & George Crouch beat Tom O’Donovan & Cliff Stuart 4&2; Bill Hummerston & Keith Chapman halved with Barrie Moody & Barry Thomas; Tony Pike & David Wickham beat Peter Duncan & John Boucher 5&3; Dave Lucking & Brian Brockhurst beat Eryl Williams & David Noble 1 up; Frank Cheevers & Roy Penrose beat Alan Drew & Bob Russell 2 up; Roger Poat & Rodney Fisher beat David Kerr & Roger Straker 7&6.
The final of Cowdray Park seniors’ singles matchplay for the Sandell Trophy took place later than usual after winter weather delays.
The finalists were David Tilley, a past seniors’ captain, and David Heard, who had to concede five shots to his opponent.
With two players of such quality it was obviously going to be close and so it proved, with neither player establishing a significant advantage.
But near the end of the round, Tilley edged ahead and closed the match out on the 17th to win by 2&1 and claim this title for the first time.
Cowdray Park seniors made the short journey across the border into Hampshire to face Petersfield.
Petersfield fielded three former Cowdray members - Alan Austin, Freddie French and Colin Stevenson - and Midhurst resident John Broad.
After a series of closely contested matches, the result was a suitably-friendly 4-4 draw.
The first match, featuring Cowdray’s match manager Ken Newberry and Dave Hirons, was neck and neck until Petersfield’s 25-handicapper Charlie Martin scored a two on the 15th before he and Alan Austin closed the match out 3&2.
Scores: Ken Newberry & Dave Hirons lost to Alan Austin & Charlie Martin 3&2; Ian Goodall & Roger Poat beat John Broad & Guy Warner 2up; Rob Doney & David Tilley beat Terry Roach & David Budd 3&1; John Newman & Graham Evans lost to John Dumani & Rob Pardy 2 dn; Ian Heustice & Mike Holden beat Peter Ellam & Roger Deadman; David Manning & Alistair Proctor beat Freddie French & John Edelsten 3&2; David Wickham & John Start lost to Ken McLung & Ian Wesley 2&1; David Finn & Richard Histed lost to Alan Patrick & Colin Stevenson 2&1.
Thirty-nine Cowdray ladies played in the Bowyers and Stowers competition. The format was medal played off scratch over 18 holes.
The winner of the Bowyers competition for the silver division was Debbie Cheasley with a very creditable gross 79, closely followed by Barbara Parker just missing out on countback. Polly Davenport was third with 91 and Jill Parry and Lil Cummins were close behind on 92.
The winner of the Stowers competition for the bronze division was the very consistent Cath Yates with a gross 99. Susie Brockhurst, Sally Williams, Pat Wallace and Margaret Curwood followed with a gross 100.
Sixty-seven ladies took part in the Bird Cup Stableford.
The cup was donated in 1954 by Sir William Bird, former president of the club. There were some amazing scores and Frances Paine was the winner with 42 points.
First in silver division was Denise Pratt with 41, with Sheila Sargeant second with 38 on countback from Janet Carter and Lyne Watson. Fifth was Lynn Miller on 37.
Liz Quinton was first in bronze A with 39, Ann Edwards was second on 37 followed by Angela Allen on 36 and Louise Colvin on 35.
Following Frances Paine in bronze B was Sally Cameron on 40 and Cathy Kitt on 33 on countback from Cynthia Rice.
A total of 47 players took part in the Grannies Tot competition and tea. Sally Cameron was the winner with 37 points ahead of Marge Fenwick with 35 on countback from Kay Dady. Angela Allen was nearest the pin on the fifth, with Maureen Mullenger nearest the tenth.
For the first time for several years, all three of Bognor’s ladies’ divisional teams have won through to the quarter-finals of the inter club championships.
The division-one team beat Willingdon 6-1, the division-two side beat Slinfold 6-1 and the division-three ladies beat Pyecombe 5-2.
n Bognor seniors took part in the Tregear Trophy, a three-clubs-and-a-putter competition. There were some excellent scores.
The winner on an excellent 40 points was Terry Haigh, second with 39 was Roger Leverton and third on 36 was Joe Flanagan.
Forty-four Bognor seniors took part in the Brian Poston Greensomes. Brian was secretary of the Club in the 1980s and 90s and eventually became a life member. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event and proved so popular that an extended tee time will be required next year.
Results: 1 Alan Burrage & Roger Leverton 44pts, 2 Steve Flack & Tony Headon 43 (ocb), 3 Joe Flanagan & Tony Sutherland.
Ninety-six men took part in the Rubens Cup, a medal event played annually. On a glorious day there were excellent scores throughout all divisions.
The overall winner with a tremendous nett score of 62 was Dave Glover, who plays off eight. Second was David Carter with nett 64 and third was Joe Froud with 65.
Results: Div 1 - winner Dave Grover gross 70, nett 62, 2 Oliver Longland 71, 66; 3 Steve Reddick 75, 66. Div 2 - winner Joe Froud 78, 65, 2 Jom Craig 78, 66, 3 Trvor Rich 79, 66. Div 3 - winner David Carter 80, 64, 2 Michael Hornby 87, 67; 3 Paul Brennan 85, 69.
There were a magnificent three holes in one at Bognor. In the Brian Poston Greensomes, Steve Flack had an ace on the fifth. Later that night in the Friday Night Supper competition, Andy Brown did it on the 15th.
Two days later in the Rubens Cup, Steve Reddick had a hole in one on the fifth. The bar very nearly ran dry.
The midweek roll-up competition was won by Roy Coulson with 37 points.
The American Greensomes winning team was Paul Napier-Raikes and Phil Froggatt with a nett 64. Runners-up were Rodney West and Scott Wilson with 67.
The Sunday roll-up competition was won by Wilson Sharpe with 41 points.
The senior Texas scramble winning team with a nett 62.7 were Chris Scott, Martin Crick and Chris Machin - ahead of George Butler, Basil Woolven and Malcolm Spiers with a nett 64.8.
There was a hole in one on the second by Brian Comber.