Cowdray ladies find it’s open season for success

Open prizewinners at Cowdray Park
Open prizewinners at Cowdray Park

There’s all the action from Cowdray Park, Bognor, Goodwood and Selsey in our latest golf round-up. Send your reports, pictures and results to


ladies held their annual open on a swelteringly-hot day.

The day is always heavily oversubscribed, and with lots of refreshments on offer, all 104 ladies thoroughly enjoyed the day.

The competition was a team event with the best two scores from a team of four.

Winners were Celine Garciet, Judy McKemey, Phillippa Kinsella and Jan Gill from Brighton & Hove GC with 86 points.

Organisers Pat Wallace and Marilyn Davis received much praise as ladies commented it was one of their favourite days of the year.

The generosity of visitors resulted in the raffle making £442 for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice.

The Bannister Trophy was won by Terry Hughes with nett 73. Second was Gaynor Dudman with 73 and third Pam Leach on 74.

Terry and Gaynor used up all their shots when they put the ball in the hole on the 18th but Terry won on countback as this is run as a medal competition.

Cowdray Park seniors welcomed Blackmoor for the return leg of the match which started their season.

Showing how evenly matched these sides are, Cowdray won 5-3 – reversing the away result.

Match manager John Doran and Wally Mitchell were unable to replicate their away win when they lost 3&2.

Cowdray’s next four pairs, all teeing off from the first, won to give the home side a comfortable 4-1 lead. After Roger Rose and Gary Strowbridge had levelled matters, winning by two up, the strong pairing of Jan de Vries and Frank Cheevers showed little mercy to their opponents, winning 5&4, with Frank Cheevers sinking putts from everywhere.

Another 5&4 win followed from David Heard and Ian Goodall, having been three down after three holes but coming back strongly. John Newman and Barry Overington completed the fourth win with a comfortable 4&2 win.

The tide turned for the visitors when they won the first two matches teeing off at the 17th, making the score 4-3 with one match out on the course.

The pressure was on the final Cowdray pair of Mike Cardiff and Phil Morris, particularly when they were four down with six to play. They responded magnificently to win by one up on the final green and give their side the 5-3 win.

John Doran expressed his gratitude to Bill Brownlee and Phil Morris who came in at the last minute.

Results (Cowdray Park names first): John Doran & Wally Mitchell lost to Graham Herbert & David Elcome 3&2; Roger Rose & Gary Strowbridge beat Brian Sherman & Colin Green 2up; Jan de Vries & Frank Cheevers beat Roy Boxall & Arthur Daines 5&4; David Heard & Ian Goodall beat Terry Atkinson & Dave Nicholl 5&4; John Newman & Barry Overington beat Brian Matthews & Ed Jenner 4&2; Roger Poat & Clive Brine lost to Ross Sellers & Norman Foster 4&2; Sam Howes & Bill Brownlee lost to Tony Gannon & Ray Stockinger 5&4; Mike Cardiff & Phil Morris beat Alan Walder & Mike England 1up.

Cowdray Park seniors maintained their recent impressive run of home results with an 8-0 win over Pyecombe, a club against whom they have a fine record home and away.

Match manager Roy Penrose can feel proud of his team’s achievements over recent years, which have also included success in a team open at Pyecombe on three consecutive occasions.

After a first match win for Penrose and Martin Brine by 3&2, it was a day of uninterrupted success for the home side. Dave Tilley and Graham Ralph staged a superb recovery, having been three down at the 12th, rallying to win the next five holes, helped by birdies from Graham Ralph at the 13th and 16th to win by 2&1.

Results: Roy Penrose & Martin Brine beat Richard Cottell & Duncan Campbell 3&2; Brian Carpenter & Mick Folkes beat David Leach & Peter Ferns 5&4; Nick Austin & Howard Morley beat Martin Avis & Barry Roberts 2&1; David Heard & Clive Brine beat Maurice Woolgar & Alf Bickham 5&4; Dave Tilley & Graham Ralph beat Martin Sutcliffe & Roy Gooderham 2&1; Jan de Vries & Phil Morris beat Neil Beard & Tom Nutley 2 up; Peter Laws & John Smith beat Chris Openshaw & Gordon Gosling 7&6; Wally Mitchell & Maurice Watts beat Graham Tate & John Hyslop 5&4.

Cowdray Park held the first round of the Veterans’ Cup, a club competition for over-60s who do not have to be members of the seniors’ section – although 41 of the 42 competitors are in the section.

The format is Stableford played from the white tees, with the top 24 qualifiers going through to the second round, and the winner will be the player with the highest cumulative score over the two rounds.

Despite there being no obvious bias in conditions, the majority of the qualifiers came from the early starters, with some good players teeing off later returning some disappointing scores.

Leading qualifiers: Dave Gaff 40; Chris Hoare 38; Dave Lucking 38; Mike Burgess 36; John Newman 36; Dave Tilley 35; Peter Hallt 35; Graham Evans 34; Peter Burton 34; Dave Darby 33;


Graham Halliday won the Rubens Cup with a nett score of 59, which included 12 pars and four bogeys.

Before his success, he had visited Bognor’s professional Matthew Kirby for a complete custom-fitting session, additional tuition and a complete set of new clubs.

Halliday took a cut of three on his handicap.

Results: 1 Graham Halliday gross 78, nett 59, 2 Adam Badman 80 (65); Jt 3 Robert Comins and Andrew Field nett 66.

The Bognor Challenge took place in glorious weather on a perfect course. The challenge is a 36-hole Stableford event held over one day. It attracted nearly 40 entrants and the scores were excellent. Way out in front was Paul Oliver with two nett 66s.

Second with 137 was Rob Redmond, and third on countback Richard Hendrick.

The men’s midweek Stableford was a close affair with the top three separated by only one point, but the winner on countback was Rodney Scholey with 39. Second was Stuart McCarthy on 39; third Alan O’Brien with 38.

In the Men’s Wednesday Night Evening League, Bognor finished second after losing their last game, at home to Ham Manor.

The end-of-term Wednesday League Supper, a greensomes event, was held at Ham Manor and despite the home advantage handicap, Ham Manor won convincingly, with Cowdray a fine second and Bognor third.
Bognor supper team points: James Maclean & John Lampard 28pts; Mark Watson & Rob Comins 35; Rob Redmond & Mike Walsh 34; Ron Stevens & Simon Watts 36; Ian Hendry & Richard Beresford 30; Ian Paine & John Cable 34.

The prize for best current club captain pair was won by Bognor, with Stevens and Watts’ score of 36 just edging out the 35 points of the Cowdray Park pair.

The men’s spring four-ball competition saw 44 pairs enter and the final was a cracking match, which swung one way then the other.

Mike Oates and John Lampard finally took the game on the 19th hole. They’d held a three-hole lead after eight holes but superb play by their opponents Andy Brown and Paul Oliver, which included four birdies on the back nine, forced it to the extra hole. Oates coolly rolled a 6ft put in to win it.

Brown, off a handicap of one, had to give shots all round with his partner Oliver receiving five, Oates seven and Lampard eight. It was the pair’s second win in three years.

Bognor’s Seniors had a busy week with three competitions. The first was the monthly seniors’ midweek Stableford which attracted 50 players.

The winner, not for the first time, was Peter Lott with a superb 40 points. Brian Wolstencroft was second with 39 and third was Michael Turner with 38.

The Fletcher Trophy third round doubles up as the Jack Lemmer Cup. The Fletcher has four rounds over the summer, with points acquired for the top 20 positions. Points are accumulated over the rounds and the top 42 players take part in the Fletcher final in September.

Andy Isitt is in pole position after three rounds having accumulated a magnificent 40 points. His closest rival is Chris HIckling with 31.

Results: 1 Andy Isitt 43pts, 2 Alan Burrage 42, 3 Mike Wadley 41.

Bognor seniors travelled to Petersfield and suffered a 6-2 defeat despite a welcome addition to the seniors’ ranks of Barry Forey.

Even Bognor’s own formidable pair of Turner and Millett could only muster a half.

Results: Chris Hickling & Alan Fitzgerald lost 5&3, David Turner & Clive Millet halved, Frank Hodder & Ken Catt halved, Peter Collins & Steve King lost 4&2, Andy Bence & Vic Ward lost 1 down, Alastair Mac Donald & Richard Kaemena lost 7&5, Brian Wolstencroft & Peter Bell lost 3&2, Gary Steventon & Barry Foley won 3&2.

The sun continues to shine on Bognor GC and in particular on Sue Redmond, who continued her good form as she collected her fourth trophy of the year.

Sue and partner Sally Cameron won the four-ball better-ball shotgun trophy with 39 points. A total of 52 ladies competed for the trophy, donated by Pru Moorcroft during her captaincy in 1990.

Pru attended the post-competition lunch to present the trophies.

Results: 1 Sue Redmond and Sally Cameron 39pts; 2 June Salt and Penny Entecott 38; 3 Mary Adames and Liz Quinton 36 (cb); 4 Angela Allen and Sue Crossen 36 (cb); 5 Sophie James and Sian Southerton 36 (cb).


Golfing fun is on the cards at Goodwood on Sunday, August 10 and Tuesday 12.

On August 10, there’s a family fun day from 11am to 2.30pm with old school sports day activities like an egg and spoon race, chipping into a practice net, a buggy time trial and more. It’s followed by a barbecue.

Then on August 12, it’s the south east county week and girls in golf taster sessions.

Five counties will bring their top nine under-18 junior girl golfers to compete in a relaxed matchplay environment on the Park course.

You can try a new sport with your friends, watch the elite girl golfers and cheer on the Sussex girls team.”

Golfing taster sessions run from 10am to 1pm and there will be a parent/daughter buggy time trial.

For more information or to book your place, please email or visit


Selsey veteran Brian Chamberlain is celebrating a hole in one.

It came in a vets’ competition on a fine day when scores were expected to be good – but not that good.

He said: “It was the 12th hole, I used an 11-wood which I had only used three times previously.

“I felt as soon as I hit the ball it was good. The flag was at back of the green to the right so the ball hit the green and rolled towards the flag.

“I said to my playing partners ‘That’s close, it could be in the hole.’ But I wouldn’t let myself believe it until we saw the ball in the cup. It only took me a lifetime to achieve! What a day.”

* In a previous edition of the Observer, we gave Brian an incorrect surname. Our apologies go to him.