Bognor golfers fly to charity’s rescue

The presentation to the air ambulance service at Bognor GC
The presentation to the air ambulance service at Bognor GC

Bognor’s 2013 men’s and ladies’ captains Don MacLeod and Edwina Beresford presented a cheque for £5,478 to Derek Richardson, charity co-ordinator of Sussex Air Ambulance, at the club.

The money, which Derek said was the largest single amount he had ever received, will pay for two UK rescue trips. The money was collected throughout 2013 through golf events, auctions, raffles and a charity ball.

Derek was fulsome in his thanks to Bognor GC and said he hoped the management of the air ambulance would recognise this contribution at a future event.

The Spring Tankard was held - it is a men’s competition of 36 holes with 18 on Saturday and 18 Sunday. More than 80 players took part and prizes were given for each of three divisions on both days and also for 36-hole scratch and nett scores. Congratulations go to the greenstaff for producing the course in fantastic condition.

Saturday Results: Div 1 – 1 Henry Leo 74 (nett 640, 2 Alan Simmonds 72 (nett 66); Div 2 – 1 Cameron Lang 78 (nett 66), 2 Mark Watson 83 (nett 69); Div 3 – 1 Paul Brennan 87 (nett 71), 2 Dougie Lowman 93 (nett 72). Sunday Results: Div 1 – 1 Alan Simmonds 70 (nett 65), 2 Henry Leo 75 (nett 66); Div 2 – 1 Ian Paine 83 (nett 71), 2 S Riseborough 84 (nett 71); Div 3 – 1 Chris Johnson 85 (nett 69), 2 C Walsh 90 (nett 70).

The 36-hole scratch winner was Alan Simmonds with a total of 14; the 36-hole nett winner was Henry Leo with 129. Leo will represent the club in the Sussex Golf Union Centenary Jug competition in October.

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Bognor seniors won 5½-2½ against Cowdray Park at Bognor and lost by the same score at Southwick Park.

Both matches were played in glorious weather and both courses were a credit to the greenstaff following a particularly tough winter.

Two stand-out scores were Mike Oates and Alastair MacDonald’s 7&6 win against Southwick and David Turner and Derek Whitings’s 7&5 win against Cowdray.

Many of the Cowdray visitors, who are regulars in this fixture, considered the course and greens were in the best condition they had seen, praising the work of the greenstaff.

In the first match, involving the two match managers, Cowdray’s Tony Castley and partner Phil Harrison faced Alan Fitzgerald, and big-hitting Barry Vanstone. The Cowdray duo took advantage of their opponents’ rustiness, completing a 3&2 win when they halved the 16th.

Cowdray’s Jan de Vries and Wally Mitchell were holding a slight lead until the final four holes when Wally Mitchell scored four fours and give his team a 3&1 win.

The third match was close, with David Gaff and Peter Burton combining well to force a half from competitive opponents Clive Millett and John Woodhead. From then on it was unbridled success for the home team, with three of the matches going all the way to the wire as they completed a 5½-2½ win.

Scores v Cowdray Park (Bognor names first): Alan Fitzgerald & Barry Vanstone lost 3&2 to Tony Castley & Phil Harrison, Gary Steventon & Frank Hodder lost 3&1 to Jan De Vries & Howard Morley, Clive Millett & John Woodhead halved with David Gaff & Peter Burton, Trevor Till & Tony Wells won 2&1 against Jan Heustice & John Durrell, Derek Whiting & David Turner won 7&5 against Mick Folkes & Peter Hallt, Richard Hedge & Hugh Diaper won 1 up against Nick Austin & Trevor Edwards, Peter Collins & John King won 2&1 against Martin Brine & Alastair Proctor, Mike Wadley & Allan Delves won 5&3 against Colin Tebbutt & Mike Hughes .

Scores v Southwick Park: Jim Catt & Tony Wells lost 2 down, Ken Catt & Vic Ward lost 5&4, Frank Hodder & Dave Hollis halved, Steve king & Brian Madgwick lost 2 down, David Turner & Allan Delves won 2 up, Barry Appleby & Chris Hickling lost 4&2, Roger SElway & John King lost 4&3, Mike Oates & Alastair MacDonald won 7&6.

Cowdray Park seniors made the long journey to the picturesque and lush course of Betchworth Park. The visitors recorded their first away victory of the season by 4½-3½.

Seniors’ captain and match manager Brian Brockhurst teamed up with in-form Derek Smith to win a closely-contested match one up. The next three matches all went to the hosts.

Match four proved the turning point for Cowdray with Ken Newberry and David Manning edging home by one up, followed by Phil Morris and Mike Hughes recording the biggest win of the day by 6&5, not losing a single hole.

Peter Hallt and Alistair Proctor held on for a half before victory was assured by Adam Gramston and Philip Singer, who outplayed their opponents to win 6&4.

Results (Cowdray names first): Brian Brockhurst & Derek Smith beat Chris Jones & Doug Proctor 1 up; Barry Overington & George Crouch lost to Peter Johnson & David Croll 4&3; Bill Hummerston & Dave Gaff lost to Tremaine McCullum & Ian Johnson 3&2; Ken Marjoram & John Newman lost to Alan May & Rod Stafford 3&2; Ken Newberry & David Manning beat Barry Holmes & Paul Holt 1 up; Phil Morris & Mike Hughes beat John Smith & Peter Brewin 6&5; Peter Hallt & Alistair Proctor halved with Bill Crawshaw & Colin Tyler; Adam Gramston & Philip Singer beat Mark Elliott & Robert Stafford 6&4.

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The Cowdray ladies’ spring meeting was held on a marvellous course bathed in sunshine.

Prizewinners: Stableford - Div 1 - 1 Lil Cummins 39pts; 2 Debbie Cheasley 37; 3 Ann Tyrrell 36. Div 2 - 1 Sally Williams 44; 2 Georgie Miller 36 (countback); 3 Myrna Heustice 36. Div 3 - 1 Chris Sommerville 39; 2 Sandra Barber 38; 3 Jenny Nicols 37. Best front nine - Div 3 - June Page 21pts; Div 2 - Jenny Clegg 20; Div 1 - Pam Leach 21; Best back nine - Div 3 - Heather Pearce 19; Div 2 - Cath Yates 18; Div 1 - Barbara Parker 19.

The second day’s team competition was followed by an excellent lunch.

Winners were Debbie Cheasley, Lil Cummins, Glenda Luff and Frances Marjoram with 114 points. Second were Myrna Heustice, Ann Laver, Chris Sommerville and June page with 111; third Tessa Stockwell, Margaret Hoare, Sandra Barber and Solveig Burton with 108.

Nearest the pins were, on the third, Pam Leach; ninth, Judy Stillwell.


Selsey Ladies have had a good month of golf, having played three Stableford competitions.

The ladies held their first give-and-take competition of the season, in which every player brings a prize and wins a prize.

Winner was Eddie Williamson and second was Barbara Winter. Hillary Kennedy Cooke and Doreen Scragg organised the day and the golf was followed by tea and the prizegiving.

Eight ladies played against Bognor GC at Bognor. It was a beautiful day and the course looked wonderful with trees in full blossom.

The day started with lunch and ended with tea and cake. The match ended in a satisfying draw.

The ladies’ committee took on the rest of the club in a matchplay contest. It was played over 14 holes and the Committee won the day.


Littlehampton GC captain Carl Stabler held his charity night dinner and auction at the club, attended by more than 90 members and their guests. It raised more than £2,000 for his chosen charity Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Stabler said: “I can’t thank the members enough for their generosity and support.”

Chris Sowden, who organises the meat raffle at the Wilkes Head pub in Eastergate, donated a cheque for £500.

It has been a busy couple of weeks for the senior section at Littlehampton.

Two matches have been played as well as the Easter Stableford and a medal.

The matches were at Littlehampton against Bognor and Ham Manor.

The match against Bognor was contested by 16 players a side. Littlehampton won 5-3.

Versus Ham Manor, the hosts won 3½-2½.

The Easter Stableford attracted 57 seniors. The top three all scored 42 points. When countback was taken into account the winner was Bruce Ball, second was Michael Deacon, third Anthony Buckle with Len Hillier fourth with 40 points.

The summer singles qualifying medal was played. The top 16 go forward to a singles knockout and the top 20 qualify for points towards the order of merit. The medal was won by Michael Walton with nett 69, second was Alan Greenfield 70 and third John Whatmore 73.

The order of merit after two rounds is led by Howard Chipperfield on 25 points, ahead of Gary Robertson on 24 and William Hoal and Michael Walton, who are joint third with 20.