Lady golfers play for big prizes - and good causes

The Selsey ladies invitation day winners
The Selsey ladies invitation day winners
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Bognor ladies played the joker on their Lady Captain’s charity day and raised funds for Sussex Air Ambulance.

In third place with 95 points were Barbara Evans, Jenny Bartlett, Sue Doughty and Carol Adams. Second with 96 points were Angela Chandler, Davina Rumsby, Kay Walker and Jenny Phillmore.

But the winners - pictured with the lady captain Edwina Beresford - with 98 points were Gill Harries, Denise Pratt, Sheila Sargeant and Wendy Johnson. Edwina thanked all the companies that sponsored holes and donated prizes and members, their families and friends that made the day so successful.

Another charity event raising funds for the Sussex Air Ambulance was Bognor ’s annual mixed charity open Stableford for golfers from clubs across Sussex.

A total of 54 pairs took part and in third place with 38 points were Doug and Anne Aylward from Hayling Island. Second with 40 were George and Sheila Harris from Weybrook Park and winners, also with 40, on countback, were John and Cathy Sidhom from Lingfield Park, pictured with the lady captain.

A new golf event for the ladies at Bognor was held to test the lower-handicap golfer and it doubled as a qualifier for the ladies’ club championship knockout to be played throughout the summer.

Windy conditions meant the scores were higher than expected but there were still some good efforts.

Hayley MacKay won best morning round with with a gross score of 77, while Caroline Pilbeam won best afternoon with gross 80. Second overall after two rounds was Suzanne Taylor with 159 and in first place, winning the trophy with a gross 155, was Heather Tidy.

On the hottest day of the year so far, 32 intrepid ladies contested the Phillips Salver, a foursomes Stableford played over 36 holes.

The trophy was won by Jane Russell and Jacqui Humphreys for the second year in succession, with 70 points on countback from Sue Crossen and Sue Doughty. Denise Pratt and Dora Vaughan were third on 69.

On the same day, 32 ladies took part in a 18-hole foursomes Stableford. June Smith and Margaret Flynn were the winners with 35 points on countback from Angela Chandler and Barbara Evans. Third were Cathy Kitt and Davina Rumsby with 34.

SELSEY

The ladies section of the Selsey GC held their annual Invitation Day. The weather was good and the golf was not bad either. First and second prizes were baskets of various household plants.

The winners of the competition were Rita Green and Sue Bond from Chichester GC (pictured at the top of this article), the runners-up were Beverly Guest and Jean Davies, also from Chichester.

Sue Bligh won nearest the pin on the seventh and 16th holes and Sue Bond won on the third hole. Nearest the line was won by Joan Bramer, past lady captain at Selsey and now playing at Chichester. Prizes were presented by Pat Growns.

Next competition was another special annual event, the Grandmothers’ Trophy.

This is played by all the grandmothers in the ladies’ section. The trophy was originally presented to the ladies’ section by past lady captain Meg Mearns when she became a grandmother for the first time.

The winner this year was Barbara Winter and the runner-up was Janet Blackman. The trophy was presented by last year’s winner Hilary Kennedy Cooke.

Friendly matches have been played against Rowlands Castle, Chichester and Bognor ladies and match secretary Judy Sharpe has arranged for ladies to play awayday rounds of golf to experience other courses in West Sussex and Hampshire. The first one was played at Rustington and a good day was had by all.

COWDRAY PARK

Cowdray seniors played host to the West Surrey Sages, determined to improve on their 7-1 defeat at West Surrey in May. They did gain revenge for that defeat but only by the narrow margin of 4½-3½, with the visitors fielding a very strong side.

The course continues to draw admiring comments from all who play it.

Match manager Keith Chapman and partner Ian Heustice set a fine example for their team with a comfortable 4&3 win, followed by victories for Sam Howes and Rob Doney (2&1) and Allen Sibley and Jan de Vries (2up) to put the home side 3-0 up.

The visitors tnarrowed the gap to 3-2 with two close wins, both by one up. Richard Keep and Graham Evans strengthened the home side’s position , powering home by 3&2.

Victory was completed under bizarre circumstances when Robert Sitwell of West Surrey was forced to retire after two holes. leaving his partner to face the strong home pairing of John Stone and Peter Laws. This he did, and managed to force a creditable half, which was still sufficient to give Cowdray Park victory, even allowing for a final match win for the visitors.

Results: Keith Chapman & Ian Heustice beat Clive Hoare & David Rogers 4&3; Sam Howes & Rob Doney beat David Little & Mike Jacobs 2&1; Allen Sibley & Jan de Vries beat Mal McMullan & Ian Ure 2 up; David Manning & Philip Singer lost to Matt Hall & Tony Robin 1 dn; John Smith & Graham Thompson lost to Bill Morris & Martin Dennison 1 dn; Richard Keep & Graham Evans beat Robert Secrett & Mike Hall 3&2; John Stone & Peter Laws halved with Robin Sitwell & Sandy Meadon; David Wickham & Maurice Watts lost to Nigel Bradley & Adam Spragg 3&2.

Cowdray Park seniors travelled to Pyecombe in good heart following a series of fine results.

Cowdray have won the Pyecombe seniors’ team open for the past two years and included three of that winning team - captain, Roy Penrose, Gordon Kendall and David Heard.

The weather was superb for golf, while the rough provided a real test with a number of balls buried in the grass.

The day did not start well for the visitors, with a 5&4 win for the home side in the opening tie followed by a halved match before Cowdray levelled the scores, courtesy of a fine 4&3 win from Derek Smith and Maurice Watts.

Watts discovered that one of his opponents had been in the same class at school many years previously and they had not met since.

Another home win by 5&4 followed until, from the 16th tee, Barry Overington and John Smith edged home by one up.

Overington recorded two birdies and four pars, confirming recent form boosted by winning a competition.

Pyecombe grabbed the lead back with a 3&2 win before Peter Hallt and Ralph Fanshawe levelled matters at 3½-3½. The final match due in from the first tee had both matchday captains waiting nervously for the outcome, which went the way of Cowdray, thanks to David Heard and Mike Holden with a comfortable 4&3 win, giving Cowdray the overall win by 4½-3½.

Results: (Cowdray Park names first): Roy Penrose & Gordon Kendall lost to Lionel Foot & Les Harris 5&4; Ian Heustice & Brian Carpenter halved with David Schwartz & Ted Whitbourne; Derek Smith & Maurice Watts beat Tony Maynard & Chris Openshaw 4&3; David Tilley & George Crouch lost to Maurice Woolgar & Tom Nutley 5&4; David Heard & Mike Holden beat Aubrey Watson & Brian Chasser 4&3; John Smith & Barry Overington beat Martin Sutcliffe & Phil Copper 1 up; Rob Knight & Sam Howes lost to Peter Ferns & John Bromhead 3&2; Peter Hallt & Ralph Fanshawe beat Geoff Webb & Neil Phillips 5&3.

A stiff breeze allied to the heavy rough provided a stern examination for Cowdray Park seniors in their monthly Stableford.

Two players had to curtail their rounds through injury - Charles Conrad-Pickles was stung on the arm while Jeremy Williams gashed his head open on a branch while searching for his ball.

Almost at the death came the sensational news that Richard Histed had scored a hole-in-one on the par-three 11th hole. This was the first ace in a competition this year for the seniors, and Histed celebrated in the clubhouse.

Early starter Phil Harrison laid down an early benchmark with an excellent score of 37 points, equalled in division one by Graham Evans, but not surpassed, with Harrison winning the division on countback.

In division two, Mick Colban and Peter Clarke were vying for pole position with 36 points, with Colban ahead on countback. Both were trumped later by Graham Thompson, who recorded the best score of the day, 39, to win division two and overall.

Histed’s playing partners rose to the occasion - Rob Knight and John Newman both scoring 36 to claim a top-ten finishing spot.

Twos were in short supply but were claimed by Harrison, John Smith, Peter Laws, George Crouch and Knight. Some £186 was raised for the Captain’s Charity, the Mary How Trust.

Scores: Div 1 - 1 Phil Harrison 37pts ocb, 2 Graham Evans 37; 3 John Newman 36 ocb. 4 Terry Adsett 36; 5 John Smith 36. Div 2 - 1 Graham Thompson 39; 2 Mick Colban 36 ocb; 3 Peter Clarke 36; 4 Rob Knight 36; 5 David Laver 35.

The Cowdray ladies played in a Triple Six competition. Playing in drawn pairs, the format was foursomes for six holes, St Andrews greensomes on the second six and a Texas scramble for the last six.

The winners with a superb score of 38 points were Polly Davenport and Marilyn Davis. Second with 35 were Solveig Burton and Glenda Luff. Lynn Mason and Maureen Bailey came third with 34, closely followed by Judy Stillwell and Jane Holden, just missing out on countback.

GOODWOOD

Goodwood will offer golfers a special green fee rate throughout August if Justin Rose, the club’s global sporting ambassador, finishes under par at the close of this year’s Open Championship.

If the current US Open champion and world No3 finishes under par after the four-round championship, Goodwood will deduct the amount Rose finishes under par from the 18-hole green fee on the Park course from August 1 to 31 this year.

Green fees on the 6,650-yard Park course start at £25 per round so, for example, a sub-par championship finish of five under par would reduce the green to just £20.

The 143rd Open Championship gets under way today at Muirfield, Scotland.

AVISFORD PARK

The midweek medal was won by Norman Turner with a nett 67.

The club monthly medal was won in division one by Chris Wall with nett 66 and in division two by Scott Wilson with 65.

The senior Stableford was won in division one by Martin Crick with 41 points and in division two by John Hayes with 42.