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AFTER an atrocious start to the year, the veterans’ section of Selsey Golf Club have weathered the storms and have been playing in their waders and wellies to keep practised ready for the better weather.
This arrived in all its glory a fortnight ago on a day which coincided with their spring lunch.
The day started with nine holes played on the back nine by 30 veterans and culminated in a presentation of bottles won in competitions since the turn of the year, and 40 members enjoyed a magnificent lunch.
For the information of those fairweather golfers not seen yet, the course has dried out now and play can resume in golfing shoes, without the trousers being rolled up! The course is in very good condition considering the winter we have had and the credit goes to the greenkeeper and his assistant.
The Selsey ladies have now completed their winter competitions. Despite the really awful weather experienced by us all, the ladies managed to play eight competitions over the winter period.
The ladies held their annual spring lunch, organised this year by Eddie Williamson and Rita Green.
A delicious meal was prepared by the club chef and there were lovely arrangements of daffodils and primroses on the tables. Three days later, the new season got under way with a 14-hole Stableford, played on a beautiful warm, and sunny spring day.
All the ladies enjoyed being out on the course and played well.
The winner was Judy Sharpe; the runner-up Sue Byewater.
The ladies are now looking forward to a full season of competitions and events such as the charity day, invitation day, give-and-take matches where all take a prize and win a prize, mixed matches with the veterans’ section and away matches with other clubs in the area.
The first match is to be held at Bognor Golf Club on Thursday, April 10, when eight players have been invited to play the Bognor ladies.
If anybody would like to join the ladies, they can contact secretary Beverley Guest on 01243 605503.
DISMAL winter weather through the early part of this year had called a halt to the normal Chichester ladies’ golf mornings, but this has not dampened their spirits.
With competitions played over fewer holes and the addition of fun competition, a remarkable amount of golf has been played.
A short course 11-hole Stableford was won by Kathy Donohoe with 22 points. Second was Jane Buckley with 18 and Lisa Jackson was third on countback with 17 points.
The rest of the ladies played a par competition, with the winner being this year’s captain Dot Collyer. Runner-up was Angela Perkins and third Terry Payne.
The following week a singles matchplay competition was the order of the day, which made a welcome change to the usual strokeplay games.
The Saturday ladies enjoyed slightly better weather for their qualifying Stableford. The winner was Mary-Lou Litton with 38 points and a cut in handicap; second was Kathy Donohoe with 35 points, and Lisa Mitchelmore was third with 32 points.
Wet conditions reduced the Tuesday Stableford to 14 holes as 21 ladies took the plunge.
With double points on two holes, the eventual winner was Angela Perkins with 30 points. Second was Jennifer Sherwood with 29 and third on countback was Dot Collyer with 27 points.
Three ladies chose to play the scheduled medal competition.
The winner with a nett 75 was Kathy Donohoe.
The past two Saturdays have seen better conditions and the ladies were able to play their monthly medal and a qualifying Stableford.
In-form Mary-Lou Litton won both competitions with a nett 71 in the medal and 36 points in the Stableford.
More than 60 seniors played in the spring senior supper.
On the night before the competition, a dinner is held and pairs are drawn.
The competition itself was a very close event with only two points separating the first six places.
Winners were vice-captain Simon Watts and Michael White with an excellent 48 points.
Second with 46 were Mike Oates and Brian Wolstencroft, and third on countback were Andy Isitt and Barry Appleby.
Sixty-two seniors played in the Tommy Thomson Trophy, held in honour of the now 101-year-old who still plays regularly at Bognor. The competition also doubles up as the Fletcher Trophy first round.
The event is played over four rounds with points awarded for the top 20 finishers at each round.
At the end of autumn, the top 40 players are invited to play in the final.
The winner was Andy Isitt with 41 points, second with 40 points was Chris Hickling and third on countback was Robert Young.
A ladies’ fun competition was won by Gill Harries, Penny Entecott, Angela Allen and Barbara Evans.
Marco Penge and Toby Tree narrowly missed out on a place in the final of the Sunningdale Foursomes competition.
The duo were narrowly beaten on the 19th hole by the Wentworth pair of England international Annabel Dimmock and former Walker Cup player Stephen Brown.
The Sussex two were one up and two under par at the turn, and, they stretched their lead to two up at the 14th hole, but the tenacious Wentworth team clawed their way back into the match, winning the 16th hole and 18th hole to take the match to sudden death format.
A par four birdie at the first extra hole sealed victory for Dimmock and Brown.
Both Penge and Tree were disappointed with the result, having played outstanding golf throughout the tournament, but with more than 250 golfers competing in this long-established event, to get down to the last eight in their first year was an impressive feat.
The next event on Penge’s schedule is the Darwin Salver – the South of England Youth Championship at Rye on March 25 and 26. The four-round medal event was presented to Bernard Darwin by The Times newspaper with only 50 entries selected for the event.
Tree heads off to Morocco next week for some training with the England squad.
More than 40 ladies competed in the Jill Bridger Trophy, which was held in memory of the much-loved and respected member whose husband Robert kindly donated a trophy.
The winner was Cath Yates with 39 points, second Frances Marjoram with 37 points on countback from Jenny Clegg, also on 37 points.
Although the course conditions were excellent, the stiff wind made play tricky and Yates did remarkably well to earn a two-shot reduction in her handicap.
Fog was the latest weather hazard that Cowdray Park’s seniors had to overcome when they held their March Stableford.
Fortunately the sun came out within just over an hour and dissipated the fog to give a beautiful day for golf, which was reflected in the scores.
Early starters did not seem to suffer with their scoring, with 38 points being returned by Dave Hirons, Phil Harrison and captain Brian Brockhurst, while Mel Milburn and Peter Laws came in with 37 points.
Towards halfway stage, two players, who were eventually to finish runner-up in their division, returned excellent scores. Veteran Des White took second spot in Division 1, on countback, with 39 points, while Jim Booth, in Division 2, finally got his just rewards for his recent performances with 42 points and a two-shot handicap reduction.
Shortly after, the winner of Division 1, former club captain Harvey Terry came in with 39 points to beat Des White on countback, and win Division 1 for the second time this season.
Booth was kept hanging on in anticipation of his first win, but his hopes were dashed late in the day by Mick Colban who carded a stunning 44 points, indicating how well the course has dried out.
A record 93 players took part but yielded only five twos – in Division 1 from Mike Burgess, Dave Gaff, Mike King and White, while, in Division 2, Derek Cooper repeated his feat of last year and scooped the pool as the only player in that division.
Brockhurst was thrilled with the response to the monthly raffle, which raised a further £185 for his chosen charity, Prostate Cancer UK.
Scores: Division 1 – 1 Harvey Terry 39pts on countback, 2 Des White 39; 3 John Doran 39; 4th Phil Harrison 38 on countback; 5 John Newman 38;
6 Brian Brockhurst 38; 7 David Manning 38; 8 Dave Hirons 38. Division 2 – 1st and overall winner Mick Colban 44pts; 2nd and overall Jim Booth 42; 3 Ian Goodall 39; 4 John Lee 38; 5 John Barrett 38 on countback.