Selsey Golf Club held their annual Silver Gauntlet competition - a very competitive match where the ladies challenge the vets, symbolised by the lady captain slapping the vets’ captain with a silver gauntlet.
This year Barbara Winter represented the ladies and ‘gently’ slapped vets’ captain Graham Watson on the cheek, heralding the start of the match.
The day started drizzly but turned out sunny and windy.
The teams were closely matched but the gents just managed to come out on top as 2013 champions. The match was followed by afternoon tea and a good time was had by all. Needless to say the challenge is already set for next year.
A total of 95 competitors took part in the RNLI Medal and Lee Redmond won with an incredible score of nett 59.
Ron Stevens, Gary Embleton and Jim Catt tied second with nett 65. Alan Entecott holed out with his second shot at the seventh for an albatross.
Bognor seniors held their annual open in glorious sunshine. There were 90 competitors and competition was fierce with ideal conditions enabling some impressive scores.
The individual winner was Bill Martin from Chichester with 43 points. Second was Terry Lewis (Southwick Park) on 42, third Denis Wright (West Chiltington) on 41.
Results: Div 1 - 1 Neville Hill (Cams Hall) 39, 2 John Armstrong (Haywards Heath) 39, 3 Peter Ireland (Mannings Heath) 39; Div 2 - 1 Bernard Jacobs (Ham Manor) 39, 2 Trevor James (Cottesmore) 38, 3 Richard Lee (Bletchingley) 38. Team competition: Centenary Plate winners - Chichester B (Bill Martin, Bev Shrives-Wrist, Eric Bourne, Dave Monkton) 143; 2 West Chiltington (Steven Lane, Tad Paluchowski, Denis Wright, Brian O’Neill) 137; 3 Chichester A (Norman Moore, Michael Snuggs, Ken Jackson, Mike Harrington) 137.
A team of seven Bognor ladies faced West Sussex in the Inter-Club Championship division-one semi-finals at East Brighton Golf Club.
After an early start in fine and relatively-benign conditions, all players managed to complete their matches before the rain arrived. It was always going to be a tough task to beat West Sussex who are renowned for fielding a very strong team and although Bognor succumbed 4-3, they put up a good fight.
Results (Bognor names first): Heather Tidy lost to Clarissa Bushell, Suzanne Taylor lost to Alice Barnes, Hayley Mackay lost to Daisey Kane and Wendy Johnson lost to Kathryn Bullock, Caroline Pilbeam beat Kate Rowe, Gill Harries beat Doreen Simpson, Bridget Samuels v Jill Reynolds - conceded by West Sussex after team win secured.
A team of six played their quarter-final in the Morrice Foursomes against Copthorne at Lewes GC, which Bognor lost 2-1.
June Salt and Nicki Vincent lost to Rose Gould and Ann Howard, Wendy Johnson and Caroline Pilbeam lost to Sue Walkden and Hilda Paul. Bridget Samuels and Sian Southerton were two up but were called in once Copthorne secured their win. Last year Bognor defeated Copthorne in the semi-final.
Some 52 ladies took part in the annual four-ball better-ball Shotgun Trophy. It was retained by Gill Harries and June Salt with 42 points. Second were Wendy Johnson and Janet Carter with 41, followed by Penny Entecott and Lynn Miller with 38 on countback from Eileen Morris and Jan Ireland. Fifth were Sue Crossen and Sue Redmond on 37.
Janet Carter and Marge Fenwick achieved twos on the second, Gill Harries and Angela Chandler on the fifth and Barbara Evans on the 15th.
Carpenter James Woodman nailed a place at Gleneagles when he qualified for the Lombard Trophy final.
Woodman teamed up with PGA Professional Christian Fogden as the Goodwood pairing made full use of their local knowledge to win their regional qualifier on their home course.
The pair dominated after carding a commanding nine under par round of 62 to win by four shots at the Chichester venue.
They beat Gareth Williams and Graham Attridge (Donnington Grove Country Club) and Anthony Tarchetti and Julian Gilmore (Prince’s Golf Club) into second spot.
The Goodwood duo will now play in the £43,600 grand final which will be held at Gleneagles in Scotland - the venue for next year’s Ryder Cup - on September 3 and 4.
Woodman, who plays off seven, admitted it was a proud moment for Golf at Goodwood which was formed seven years ago as an amalgamation of two previous clubs.
Chichester-based Woodman, aged 32, said: “This club has never made it to a final like this before - and it’s the first time we’ve entered. So we’ve had one attempt and one success.
“It’s special for me as well as I’ve been playing here since I was 13, when it was Goodwood Golf Club. We had some local knowledge but you still have to play well. It’s really exciting to get to Gleneagles, especially as it’s only a few weeks away now.”
Fogden admitted he never thought a round of 62 would be beaten. He said: “It’s a tough course and if you’d said at the start of the day that we’d score 65 or 66, I’d have taken it. But when we finished at nine under par I didn’t think anyone would do better than that.
“We had a great start and built up our momentum. We never once took a backwards step.”
Richard ‘two-shot’ Parker found terrific form in the vets’ August Stableford. A good field of 65 contested the event and many held high hopes of victory with nine achieving scores of 40-plus.
David Galloway had an impressive 44 points but even he was blown away by Parker’s 48.
With more good weather expected, the lower handicappers are desperate for competitions off the white tees to give them a chance and all are waiting to see if that magical 50-point barrier will ever be broken.
Results: Winner Richard Parker 48pts, Cat 4 - 2 David Galloway 44, 3 Maurice Hall 41, 4 Robert Stainsby 41, 5 Pete Collyer 40, 6 Tony Marsden 39; Cat2/3 - 1 Bruce Santer 42, 2 Gordon Williams 42, 3 Nick Hobbs 41, 4 Rob Baldwin 41. Nearest the pins - 4th hole, Ivan Hollow; 6th Ken Williams, 13th Campbell Goldsmid, 15th Richard Parker.
Cowdray Park believe they had probably the strongest professional field assembled for a southern region pro-am this year.
The inaugural Budgens two-day invitational event was played over two days with the first 18 holes at Chiddingfold and the second 18 at Cowdray Park.
More than 100 spectators gathered keen to see some top-class golfing action from professionals like Ross McGowan (European Tour), Steve Richardson (Ryder Cup player and European Tour star) and Gary Emerson (Seniors tour).
There were many crowd pleasing moments from the amateurs - none better than Craig Chapman of Barons chipping in at the last to win the money.
The amateur line-up included the former champion jockey John Francombe, whose team came first over 18 holes at Chiddingfold.
Pro David Mills won the first prize of £1,000 with a score of 64 at Chiddingfold and 68 at Cowdray Park.
Cowdray’s Hannah Ralph came third with an impressive score of 138 and Scott Brown led his team from Barons BMW to 36-hole success.
Organisers are already looking forward to the 2014 event.
Results: Team 36 Holes - 1 Scott Brown, Craig Chapman, Pete Wakefield, Nick Upjohn; Team 18 Holes - Cowdray Park - 1 David Mills, Phil Quinlan, Steve Thatcher, Ronnie Baker; 2 Jason Partridge, Roger Murphy, Dave Lucking, Ade Poole; Pros - 1 David Mills 132, 2 Gary Emerson 134, 3 Hannah Ralph 138, J4 Paul Nessling Kevin Hinton 139; 6 Jason Partridge 141.
Perfect golfing weather greeted the 61 competitors who entered the Cowdray Park seniors’ Yellowlees Quiach. The format was medal and they were playing for a trophy named after former member Bill Yellowlees.
Veteran Irishman Pat Bonner recently won the over-75s’ title at the seniors’ open and plotted his way around the course successfully to record a stunning nett 64 and earn himself a two-shot handicap reduction.
Rob Knight has been in solid and consistent form and only last week claimed third place in the two-round Veterans’ Cup, and followed up here with second place with a net 66 on countback from former club captain Harvey Terry.
Fourth was Phil Harrison, out first with Pat Bonner, with an excellent 67 on countback from Pat Harrison, gradually finding his form again. Peter Hallt was next on 68. These were the only players to beat par, illustrating how much harder the course has become.
Twos were in short supply with only two players in division one, the top two seniors Dave Lucking and Dave Hirons, securing one each, while, in division two, Bonner was the only player to hit a two.
After a very good start to the season, the seniors seem to have wilted in the heat.
At home to Chichester, Avisford lost 4-2. Chichester proved too strong although there was only the odd hole between three pairings.
At Waterhall Avisford lost 4½ -1½. It was a disappointing hot day on a mountainous course but Peter Redford and Bob Rogers saved their blushes by winning the final match.
Away to Foxbridge Avisford went down 4-2. in one remarkable match, David Feist and Peter Brown played well to be six up at the tenth only to lose the next six holes! Fortunately, they won the 18th to scrape home.
At home to Slinfold, it ended 3-3. The losing sequence was arrested by this hard-fought draw when all six matches could so easiy have gone either way.
The last of the summer series of matches will be on 21st August away to Rookwood when a better performance is anticipated.