Golf trophies shared around at busy Bognor

Megan Tinson is among recent trophy winners at Bognor GC
Megan Tinson is among recent trophy winners at Bognor GC

It was a busy week at Bognor Golf Club with numerous competitions played.

The highlight was the Spring Tankard, which is a 36-hole medal competition played over two days. There was an excellent turnout of over 90 players on each day even though the weather was once again horrific with strong winds and rain.

Spring Tankard results: Saturday, Div 1 - Jack Bingham nett 68, Div 2 - Robert Redmond 70, Div 3 - Mark Prothero 74; Sunday, Div 1 - John Wilson 70, Div 2 Andy Frankling - 67, Div 3 Jeff Clark - 62.

Overall results for the 36 holes and Spring Tankard: 1 Andy Frankling nett 136, 2 Gary Embleton 141, 3 John Cable 141 (cb). Best gross score in competition: Andy Brown 149 (nett 145).

Nearly 70 seniors turned out for the Tommy Thompson Trophy. As featured in the Observer, Tommy was 100 in February and still plays golf at Bognor three times a week. Naming a trophy in his honour was one of the golf club’s ways of marking his milestone.

Results: 1 John Harnett 43pts, 2 Gee Fenwick 41, 3 Andy Bence (cb).

The men’s midweek Stableford was won by Miller Stevenson with 39 points ahead of Chris Johnson on 37 and Peter Selby with 36.

Bognor seniors played at Southwick Park, where the hosts were 7-1 winners.

As normal the occasion and friendship outweighed the golf – well, that’s Bognor’s excuse...

Results: Jim Catt & John Owen lost 2 down, David Turner & Alan Fitzgerald lost 6&4, Richard Hedge & Richard Kaemena lost 3&2, Peter Lott & Bob Wilson lost 4&3, Barry Appleby & Ken Catt lost 6&4, Alastair MacDonald & David Hollis lost 7&5, Andy Bence & Pater McCormack lost 3&2, Barry Vanstone & Gary Steventon won 3&1.

The junior bogey competition was won by Megan Tinson, who ended seven shots up. Second was Scott Bingham (six up) and third was Jack Taylor (five up).

In the county ladies scratch foursomes, held at Mannings Heath Golf Club, Bognor were represented by Heather Tidy and Suzanne Taylor. Unfortunately Bognor lost 4&3 to Pycombe, who went on to win the competition.

A team of six Bognor ladies played in the first round of the Morrice Foursomes and beat Lewes 3–0. The team comprised Bridget Samuels, Sian Southerton, Wendy Johnson, Lynn Miller, June Salt and Nicki Vincent.

At Bognor, 67 ladies entered the Thorpe Cup spring meeting medal. The winner was Sophie James on 73, on countback from Denise Pratt. Other scores in the silver division saw Caroline Pilbeam third on 75 followed by Sue Doughty on 76 and Sian Southerton on 77.

In bronze A, Jane Russell was first on 74, Jacqi Humphreys second on 75, with Chris Puddicombe on 76, Kay Dady 77 and Angela Allen 78. First in Bronze B was Carol Adams on 78, followed by Eileen Morris on 80 on countback from Suzanne Burns, Barbara Evans and Jan Ireland.


Each year the captain of the veterans’ section at Selsey GC nominates a charity to support during his year in office.

The veterans’ captain for 2012 was David Tindale and his charity for the year was the Children’s Heart Support Network, which provides support for the families of children with heart disorders.

Money was raised by penalising players 20p if they went into a bunker or scored a birdie during their weekly Wednesday competition - subject to a maximum payment of 20p in any one round - as well as from raffles, auctions and donations throughout the year.

The total raised was £615 and a cheque was presented to the charity’s chairwoman Carol Smith following the veterans’ weekly competition. Tindale thanked members for their generosity as they often donating more than the required 20p penalty.

(Photograph: 2012 veterans’ captain David Tindale presenting the cheque to Carol Smith, Chairperson, Children’s Heart Support Network)


The weather was definitely spring-like for the Cowdray ladies’ spring meeting, held this year over two days.

On Monday the format was Stableford.

Results: Div 1 - 1 Debbie Cheasley 36pts, 2 Barbara Parker 35, 3 Jill Parry 35; Div 2 - 1 Joyce Fanshawe 38, 2 Suzie Brockhurst 36, 3 Georgie Miller 35; Div 3 - 1 Chris Sommerville 36, 2 Anne Laver 36, 3 Maureen Bailey 31. Nearest the pin, 9th hole - Barbara Smith; 11th hole - Sally Williams.

On Tuesday, they held a Texas scramble.

Results: 1 Solveig Burton, Jane Holden, Jenny Nicholls, Chris Sommerville 41pts; 2 Jill Parry, Gaynor Dudman, Lynn Mason, Audrey Mason 41.

The day was organised by Sally Williams and Mary Morling and £200 was raised in the raffle for the ladies’ captain’s charity, Canine Partners.

Following heavy rain, the Bognor course was extremely wet with areas of standing water but fully operational for the visit of Cowdray Park seniors.

After much inaction over the winter months, the hosts were keen to get back into the swing of things and fielded a very strong team to get their season going by winning 5½-2½.

First match off featured nine-handicapper Barry Vanstone, partnered by Chris Hickling, who took on Cowdray’s new match manager Tony Castley and Alan Godfree.

On the third, Cowdray’s pair realised what they were up against when Vanstone drove to within five yards of the green on the 274-yard hole.

On the sixth, Vanstone produced the shot of the day to drive to the middle of the green, clearing all the trees and taking out the dog-leg on the 279-yard hole. Castley and Godfree were forced to concede on the 13th.

Four of the next five matches went the way of the home side apart from a fighting half from Cowdray’s Peter Burton and Pat Harrison.

Cowdray’s ‘buggy boys’ Alistair Proctor and David Imlach put up arguably the display of the day in losing only on the final green to the in-form 11-handicapper Peter Lott and Peter Collins.

Cowdray achieved some respectability with excellent wins from Wally Mitchell and Ian Goodall (3&2) and Trevor Edwards and Ray Tucker (4&3).

RESULTS: (Cowdray names first): Tony Castley & Alan Godfree lost to Barry Vanstone & Chris Hickling 6&5; Mike Hughes & Mike King lost to John Owen & David Turner 3&2; Peter Burton & Pat Harrison halved with Alastair Murray & Alan Fitzgerald; Keith Chapman & Colin Tebbutt lost to Roger Selway & Trevor Ridgers 6&4; Richard Histed & John Newman lost to Richard Hedge & Barry Ingate 7&5; Alistair Proctor & David Imlach lost to Peter Lott & Peter Collins 2&1; Wally Mitchell & Ian Goodall beat Frank Hodder & Alastair MacDonald 3&2; Trevor Edwards & Ray Tucker beat Clive Millett & Hugh Diaper (4&3).

Cowdray Park seniors made the long journey to Surrey’s Betchworth Park hoping to reverse their recent run of poor away results. Under a new match manager, seniors’ vice-captain Brian Brockhurst, hopes were high with a strong team making the journey and, although all played well, the result was a 5-3 win to the home side.

Brockhurst was paired with Derek Smith and well though they played, the concession of shots proved too much and they lost 2&1.

Smith recorded an excellent score of five over (gross) from a handicap of ten. The next four matches all went the way of the home team, with Dave Lucking and Mike Holden also taking their opponents to the 17th hole.

With the hosts having established an unassailable 5-0 lead, the final three matches, all starting on the tenth hole, went the way of Cowdray, with the winning pairs being David Tilley and Paul Owen, Phil Harrison and John Friend and Peter Laws and George Crouch.

Results: Brian Brockhurst & Derek Smith lost to Chris Jones & Roy Woodward 2&1; John Newman & Barry Overington lost to Linford Flye & Brian Carter 6&5; Brian Carpenter & Ken Newberry lost to Alan May & Peter Brewin 5&4; Dave Lucking & Mike Holden lost to Eric Reeve & Tom Chahal 2&1; Alistair Proctor & Roy Penrose lost to John Smith & Brian Cole 5&3; David Tilley & Paul Owen beat Mike Benoy & Ray Bolton 1 up; Phil Harrison & John Friend beat Michael Clarke & Colin Tyler 1 up; Peter Laws & George Crouch beat Mark Elliott & Chris Buckley 2&1.

West Wittering Cricket Club held their second annual golf day at Chichester Golf Centre and it turned into a fantastic event, well-supported by players, ex-players and friends of the cricket club.

Twelve teams of four competed in difficult conditions followed by a spendid dinner and prize-giving back at the cricket club.

The winners with 72 points were The Public Schoolboys (Mark Taylor, Josh Pulleyblank, James Steight and Jonny Miller) followed by The Divots’ (the chairman’s team) on 71.

Thanks go to all who took part and contributed to £600 to £700 raised for the Cricket Club