Selsey’s golfing ladies ready to back in the swing

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Selsey ladies will start their 2013 season on March 18.

They meet and play every Monday at 10am. They engage in a varied selection of competitions, some for trophies; others for prizes.

The ladies are a friendly group - few in number but very competitive and have a lot of fun. For ladies who wish to play at the weekend

there are numerous competitions played on Saturday mornings and some Sunday afternoons throughout the year.

Section members are welcome to play in the wee day events if they are able.

There are various social activities during the year such as mixed matches with other sections of Selsey GC, non-competition matches, where everyone brings a prize and wins a prize, matches with other clubs in the area, lunches and coffee mornings.

They stage awaydays where members head off to play other courses in the area.

During the winter they play nine-hole competitions and, if weather permits, some 18-hole games.

The section had a very successful year in 2012, playing nearly all the trophy competitions despite the very wet summer. They did well in matches with other clubs and some ladies managed to cut their handicaps.

Anyone interested in joining or finding out more is welcome to pay them a visit on March 4 or 11 at 12.30pm for a chat.

Alternatively call Beverley Guest on 01243 605503.

COWDRAY PARK

Cowdray Park’s February medal attracted a field of 93.

Results: Div 1 - 1 Seamus Meyer nett 67 (ocb); 2 Hamish Reid 67; 3 Trevor Challen 68. Div 2 - 1 Ken Chapman nett 65 (overall winner); 2 Phil Harrison 66; 3 Dan Moon 67 ocb. Div 3 - 1 Wayne Challen nett 66; 2 Dave Coombes 67, 3 Ben Traviss 68 ocb.

The position at the head of the Surrey and West Sussex Winter League table became tighter following the recent batch of matches.

Guildord ended Cowdray Park’s unbeaten record with a 2½-1½ home win while Hankley Common and reigning champions Puttenham, fought out a 2-2 draw.

Cowdray’s leading pair of Mark Upton and Paul Owen gave their team the best possible start with a 3&2 win. Team captain Dave Hirons and partner Nick Austin were unable to add to the lead and were beaten 4&3.

Guildford took the lead with a win in match three by 3&2.

As the final match approached the clubhouse Cowdray’s Dave Gaff and Roger Poat were leading after 16 holes and hoping to level the match with a win, but their opponents had other ideas and fought back to level it on the 18th and clinch a win for their team.

Hankley Common lead the table with 22 points and only one game - away - to play.

Joint second are Cowdray Park and Farnham with 18 points, while Cowdray have four games left (three home, one away) and Farnham have five games (one home, and four away).

Reigning champions Puttenham are lurking dangerously in fourth place with 16.5 points and five games to play (three at home and two away).

This all points to a nail-biting finish and hopefully the weather will not intervene.

Forty Cowdray Park ladies braved a bitterly-cold day to play in the Bisque Par competition.

This is a matchplay contest played against the course off full handicap. Players can decide when they wish to use their shots as opposed to following the stroke index. This must be done after each hole and before teeing off on

the next hole. The winner is the player who finishes the most holes up against par.

The winner with an amazing score of plus six was Marilyn Davis. Second was Angie Edwards with plus four, followed by Margaret Curwood and Helen Chapman, also with plus four.

Gale-force winds and cloudy skies greeted the competitors for round three of Cowdray Park seniors’ Captain’s Prize.

Despite heavy overnight rain there were only three temporary greens and tees in operation.

One of the early starters, veteran Irishman Pat Bonner, made an early statement of intent with a good score of 36 points for eventual fourth place. Partnering him was seniors’ captain Allen Sibley, who notched his third consecutive round of 33 points in the competition to give his team a total of 69 points and second place.

Vice-captain Brian Brockhurst produced an excellent individual score of 38 points, which looked to be the winning score until late in the day.

There were no further high scores for some time until Jan de Vries came in with 37 for third place, combining with Mick Colban, on 31, to earn third in the pairs.

The penultimate group featured both the individual winner and the pairs winners. Peter Laws continued his recent fine form to claim first prize with a superb 41 points.

It earned him a further handicap reduction to 14, completing a very successful first year at the club. His partner was the consistent Mick Morling, who scored 33 points to give the pair a winning total of 74. In an earlier round, Morling was also part of the winning pairing.

Only three twos were recorded, all by division-two players - Tony Castley (third hole) and Brian Carpenter and Paul Chater (both on the 11th).

The fourth and final round of the Captain’s Prize was played in bitterly cold conditions, driven by a brisk northerly wind with the temperature hardly rising above zero.

The top six individual scores and the top three pairs’ scores all came from the final four groups.

For most of the day the leading score was 35 points from Phil Pett, on countback, with a feature of the early play being a second consecutive birdie on the tricky 16th hole in successive weeks from Tony Castley to earn four points.

Pett’s score was not exceeded until the fourth group from the end, containing competition leader Paul Owen, who came in with 41 points to seal the overall title, discarding his low round of 33 points.

Cowdray hole-in-one specialist Bruce Spooner had his best round for some time to record the day’s best score of 42 points. He and playing partner David Heard earned a combined score of 79 and achieved the second best pairs score on countback.

Consistent Pat Bonner continued his recent fine form with 38 points, the same as Rodney Fisher achieved, with Fisher earning second place overall.

With Fisher’s partner Philip Singer scoring 41 points and coming second, the pair’s combined total of 79 won them first place on countback on the day.

Leading individual scores: 1 Bruce Spooner 42; 2 Philip Singer 41 ocb; 3 Paul Owen; 4 Rodney Fisher 38.

Leading pairs’ scores: 1 Rodney Fisher & Philip Singer 79 ocb; 2 David Heard & Bruce Spooner; 3 Gary Strowbridge & Paul Owen 74.

Nine players scored a two, with Frank Cheevers achieving a double on the ninth and 17th.

At the end of round four players were able to discard their lowest score but it did not lead to wholesale change in the leaderboard as Paul Owen and Rodney Fisher merely extended their lead.

Vice-captain Brian Brockhurst made a late charge with a fourth-round score of 34, discarding a previous score of 32, to to leap from 12th to third.

Overall scores: 1 Paul Owen 113; 2 Rodney Fisher 110; 3 Brian Brockhurst, Phil Pett 108.

A further batch of matches for Cowdray Park seniors’ winter knockout competition for the Sandell Trophy have been completed with players moving through to round three.

David Heard advanced despite conceeding a number of shots to former captain Peter Burton, thanks mainly to a fine exhibition of putting. He clinched victory on the 18th hole with a par.

In-form Pat Bonner used his shots in hand to overcome another former captain, Bill Hummerston, while in the third match played on the same day vice-captain Brian Brockhurst took the lead against David Laver with a par on the 17th and held his nerve on the 18th.

His reward for winning is a testing match against current Eclectic leader Paul Owen.

AVISFORD PARK

The senior Stableford was won in division one by Bill Billson with 42 points and in division two by Andy Kille with 40. The midweek Stableford was won by Norman Turner with 40.

The club monthly medal was won in division one by Robert Kuszka with a nett 67 and in division two by Peter Collins with 66.

The senior medal was won in division one by Christopher May with a nett 66 and in division two by John Carter with 67.