Golf: Chichester beat Worthing for a happy Haygarth outcome

The Haygarth Trophy is presented to Chichester's Robert Stainsby
The Haygarth Trophy is presented to Chichester's Robert Stainsby

The Chichester veterans have completed their annual contest with sister club Hill Barn for the Haygarth Trophy, which was donated by the proprietors of both courses.

Chichester took a 5-3 lead from the away fixture into the second leg and retained the trophy with a very good win at home.

Captain Robert Stainsby, who has been on tremendous form this year, and partner Jim Robertson were the only home losers as the vets gained a 7-1 victory and comprehensive 12-4 aggregate win for the trophy. Five matches went to the 18th green.

Results: R Stainsby & J Robertson lost 3&2; N Hobbs & B Shrives-Wrist won 3&1; M Harrington & P Green won 7&5; N Moore & C Goldsmid won 3&1; D Monkton & D Matthey won 3&2; B Sharpe & R Holden won 3&1; B Martin & D Blythe won 1 up; M Snuggs & K Hart won 1up.

Pictured is Robert Stainsby (left) receiving the Haygarth Trophy from John Clark, captain of Hill Barn.

There was a veritable scoring bonanza at the veterans’ monthly Stableford as warm weather, benign conditions and well-watered greens turned the Cathedral course into a pussycat.

Half the field of 55 managed par or better and nine players held hopes of victory with scores of 40-plus. But for one man it was a real blast from the past as Mike Beer, a three-times champion more than a decade ago and whose handicap had drifted up of late, turned back the clock to record a magnificent 48 points, a score that nobody can remember to have been achieved in a vets’ competition before.

Result: Overall winner Mike Beer 48, 2 Joe Blackbourn 43, 3 Ken Williams 42, 4 Bill Penn 41; 1 (cat 2/3) Rob Baldwin 41, 2 Peter Green 40, 3 Brian Melbourn 39.

The vets visited Avisford Park in hot and steamy conditions. Captain Rob Stainsby led the way with partner Nick Hobbs, gaining a fine 3&2 win, and this was followed by four matches being decided on the 18th green. An extremely close match was eventually won 4-2 by Chichester.

Scores: R Stainsby & N Hobbs beat J Miller & G Tarrant 3&2; D Monkton & M Arthur lost to D Feist & C Machin 4&2; M Chapman & E Root beat G Williams & M Gammon 3&1; B Martin & J Fox beat B Billson & P Bridgeman 1 up; G Williams & D Blythe beat V Fowler & C Payne 1 up; R Parker & J Paul lost to D McConnell & C Scott 2&1.

n A good field of 58 players competed for the Chichester veterans’ Captain’s Cup, a Stableford off the white tees. Slightly cooler conditions greeted the players at the start with the sun coming out later and scoring was not quite so easy as the previous week.

They say playing partners can make a difference - well they did this time as the eventual winner and runner-up battled it out together.

Clive Boon was leading with two holes to go but Chris Page came through with nett eagles on his last two holes and stormed to victory. His eventual score of 42 points was three ahead of the rest of the field.

Result: Captain’s Cup winner Chris Page 42pts; 2 Clive Boon 39; 3 Peter Green 39; 4 Charlie Duthie 39; 5 Dieter Matthey 38. Nearest the pins - 4th hole Bill Penn, 6th Mike Dunckley, 13th Martin Hopkin, 15th Don Hagell.

Pictured is Chris Page with the Captain’s Cup flanked by Peter Green and Clive Boon.


Captains and vice-captains from the south of England took part in Singing Hills GC Crystal team open.

The morning round was a fourball better-ball three-quarters handicap 18-hole Stableford played by the lady captain and her vice-captain and the men’s captain and his vice-captain, followed by 18-hole foursomes played by the men and lady captains and men and lady vice-captains.

Aggregate scores from both rounds gave Bognor the winning score by one point of 137.

The Bognor Challenge open weekend started with the Purley Trophy and the Bognor Challenge Cup being played for. It is a 36-hole event and more than 60 players took part in glorious weather with the course in excellent condition.

James Ashman from Worthing won the Purley Trophy with two excellent rounds of 66 and 69. Andy Brown from Bognor and Wayne Hawes from Littlehampton (2011 & 2012 winner) tied for second, both with 139. Simon French from Littlehampton and Alasdair Dagleish from Haywards Heath finished tied fourth with 143.

The Challenge Cup was won by Bognor member Andy Brown, a two handicapper, with excellent nett scores of 66 and 69, giving him a five-under handicap total of 135.

Ron Stevens, also from Bognor, playing off 11, came second with 136. Ashman came third with 137 and Tom Richardson from Lewes was fourth with 139.

On the Sunday, the two open competitions played are the Davis Bowl and the Millbourn Cup

The Davis Bowl is an 18-hole foursomes event. It was won by Ron Stevens and Barry O’Brien from Bognor with 40 points. They beat Dave Hicks and Dave Wood (38), and Gary Embleton and Dave Grover and Andy Brown and Dom Rainey (37). All the prize winners were from Bognor.

The Millbourn Cup is an 18-hole fourball better-ball bogey competition. For the first time, the event ended in a tie.

Bognor pair Ron Stevens and Barry O’Brien and visiting pair Andrew Jesty and Barry Childe from Seaford Blatchington both finished on plus six and couldn’t be separated on countback.

Miller Stevenson and Alan Simmonds came third on countback and fourth were Gordon Catt and Mick Martin, also on countback.

Bognor thanked the many visitors who took part in the open events and look forward to them returning in 2014.

Ron Stevens, the club vice-captain, had an exceptional open weekend, with a second place, a tied first place and a clear win.

An excellent turnout of 87 players took part in the Crouch Cup, a Stableford. Winner was Mike Hornby with a fantastic score of 44 points, second was Richard Longhurst with 41 and third Ron Stevens with 40.

In the men’s midweek Stableford, Mike Watts won with 39 points ahead of Peter Lott with 37 and Bob Weeks with 36. In the men’s midweek medal, Dave Orton won with an excellent 62. Second with 64 was Roger Leverton and third Colin Woodley with 69.

Bognor’s seniors have had a busy July with seven competitions played, five club matches and two internal games.

Bognor won two and lost three of the club matches. There were victories versus Corhampton - 6½-1½ - and Rowlands Castle - 6-2. They lost 6-2 to Chichester, 5-3 to Worthing and 6-2 to Petersfield.

Scores (H to Chichester): David Turner & Alan Delves lost 3&2, Clive Millett & Barry Ingate lost 1 down, Frank Hodder & Paul Black won 3&2, Gary Steventon & Dennis Burke lost 4&3, Tony Wells & Derek Sheath lost 5&3, Peter Collins & Bryan Madgwick lost 2&1, Ken Catt & Hugh Diaper lost 8&7, Harry Layton & Peter Bell won 5&3.

(A to Petersfield): Alan Fitzgerald & Barry Ingate lost 1 hole, Chris HIckling & Alastair MacDonald lost 3&2, Frank Hodder & Vic Ward lost 3&2, Trevor Till & Clive Millett lost 6&4, Roger Selway & Richard Kaemena won 1 up, Harry Layton & Peter Collins lost 5&4, Brian Wolstencroft & John King lost 3&2, Ken Catt & John Owen lost 4&2.

More than 50 players took part in the third round of the Jack Lemmer Trophy. Winner was Alan Fitzgerald with 43 points, second was Vic Ward with 42 and third was Robert Young with 41. This trophy is played over four rounds with the top 40 players taking part in the final in September.

A seniors’ midweek Stableford was won by Roger Leverton with an enormous score of 45 points. Second was Jim Morris with 41 and third was Mike Cann with 40.

Bognor’s juniors took part in the Jasmine Cup, played under medal format. Winner with 77 gross (nett 62) was James Woosley. Second with 79 (64) was Jake Stoneham and third Scott Bingham with 83 (66).


Cowdray Park held the first round of the Veterans’ Cup for over-60s on the hottest day of the year. With temperatures approaching the 90s, stamina became more of an issue than beating the course and many players found it difficult to focus later in the round.

The competition is played over two rounds, with the top 24 scorers in round one going forward to round two a week later, with scores being carried forward.

The format is Stableford, with full handicaps, played from the white tees, which was a bit of a culture shock for some players. Some 41 players entered and to find the 24 qualifiers, countback came into play to reduce the eight players on 28 points to six.

Co-leaders after round one, with 36 points, are six-handicapper Dave Hirons, David Tilley and the consistent Peter Hallt. Hirons’ round was all the more creditable as he was on the verge of pulling out with an injured back following five continuous days of golf. He shrugged off his injury and showed his ability under the tropical conditions, culminating in consecutive birdies on the 14th and 15th holes, to earn seven points.

Playing in the same group was Terry Jasper, who kept pace with Hirons most of the way but faltered near the end, but is still in the hunt with 33 points, a score shared by six players.

Two players, Rob Knight and Derek Smith, scored 35 points and will pounce on any slip-ups by the leaders.

Scores: 36 pts - Dave Hirons, David Tilley, Peter Hallt; 35 - Rob Knight, Derek Smith; 34 - Terry Adsett; 33 - John Newman, Ian Goodall, Terry Jasper, Peter Burton, Harvey Terry (defending champion), Peter Laws.

Since taking over, six years ago as match manager for clashes between Cowdray Park seniors and Pyecombe vets, Roy Penrose has enjoyed unrivalled success. During his tenure, his teams have won all six home games, the latest by 5-3, and have won three away, drawn two and lost only one.

In addition, he has led teams of four at the Pyecombe vets team open, with Cowdray winning in 2010, 2012 and 2013, while team members have won individual prizes on the day.

In the latest match at Cowdray Park, Penrose and partner Peter Laws were up against it when their opponents birdied two par-threes. But with determination, the Cowdray duo hauled themselves back to claim a half on the 18th.

Match two went to the home side, with the powerful pairing of David Heard and Mike Holden overcoming the opposition by 5&3, before Pyecombe levelled matters.

Derek Smith and Maurice Watts won 6&5 and John Smith and Philip Singer edged home by one up to put the hosts two up. The usually reliable pair of David Tilley and George Crouch went under 3&2, followed by a halved match.

The match result hinged on the outcome on the final match, which was won by the in-form duo of Sam Howes and Rob Knight 4&3 to give Cowdray a winning score of 5-3.

A four-ball better-ball was played by the Cowdray ladies. This was played off three-quarters handicap. The winners were Jill Parry and Jean Barnett with a superb score of 40 points.

Second with 39 were Stephanie Bevis and Barbara Parker. Solveig Burton and Tessa Stockwell and Myrna Heustice and Sally Williams all followed close behind, also on 39. Jane Holden and Marilyn Davis came fifth with 38 points.


July started, fittingly, with the July Cup which was a pairs combined Stableford point competition. It was won by Terry Conebar and Jim Richardson with a great score of 76 points. Second was Matt Hurst and Peter Meakins with 68.

The following week was the Seal Badge, a competition open to people who have shot 79 or better in a medal competition under summer rules. This was won by Stuart Baker with a nett 62, beating the in-form Peter Meakins, who had a nett 63.

In the Ronnie Edwards Tankard, the format was foursomes medal drawn partners and it was won by Steve Growns and Brian Thomas with a nett score of 70.5, beating Kevin Fielder and Andy Nicholls on countback.

The final competition of the month was the RNLI Medal, played in blustery conditions. Paul Lee won the competition overall and division two with a nett 64 beating Jim Richardson with nett 66. In division one, Tony Lee won with nett 67 - beating Ian Glew on countback.


The midweek medal was won by Glen Gibbs with a nett 64. The ladies’ Dtableford was won by Elizabeth Whitney with 39 points.

The club Stableford competition was won in division one by Stephen Booker and Harvey Burchell with 40 points apiece. Division two was won by Paul Warters with 37.

The senior Stableford was won in division one by Barrie Goble with 40 points and in division two by Basil Woolven with 38.