Golf: Why Lille-Beau is one to watch

Lille-Beau Thorpe after her latest success
Lille-Beau Thorpe after her latest success

Lille-Beau Thorpe continues to shine in the golf world – at the tender age of nine.

The Easebourne youngster, who goes to Conifers School, played in the US Kids European championships in Scotland and came second in her age group.

Lille-Beau played a three-day tournament at Longniddry Golf Club. After three rounds of golf, Lille-Beau missed out on first place for her age by one shot to an American girl who came third in the World Championships in Pinehurst last year.

Lille-Beau scored an incredible six over gross, shooting 38, 39, 37.

In July she is off to USA for a month to play in four competitions. First up are the FCG international junior championships. San Diego and Callaway world junior championships, both in San Diego.

Then it’s on to the Taylormade world junior golf championships, Las Vegas and finally the US Kids golf world championships, Pinehurst.

Lille-Beau is a member of Cowdray Park and has support and guidance from their touring pro Hannah Ralph. All the members at Cowdray Park are very supportive of Lille-Beau for, which she is very grateful.

Cowdray Park seniors were given a fright when their visitors from Farnham fought back from three down to level before Cowdray won the final match to seal a 4½-3½ win.

Cowdray started in blistering fashion with victories in the first three matches, courtesy of match manager David Wickham and Tony Pike (3&2), biggest winners of the day Dave Lucking and John Stone (7&6) and Derek Smith and Mike Holden (4&2). Following a halved match, Farnham began a fight back with three successive wins to level.

But there was a Cowdray win in the last match on the final green via Bernie May and Keith Chapman, who triumphed over Nigel Williams and Mike Dawall, to give their side victory.

Results (Cowdray names first): David Wickham & Tony Pike beat Jim Cumming & Dave Lowery 3&2; Dave Lucking & John Stone beat Greg Faulkner & Peter Noble 7&6; Derek Smith & Mike Holden beat John Corbyn & John Collinson 4&2; John Doran & George Crouch halved with Peter Selencky & Hugh Thomson; Bill Brownlee & Trevor Edwards lost to Terry Phillips & Paul Maxfield 3&1; Jan de Vries & Colin Tebbutt lost to Eric Christie & Ken Broadbent 4&3; Rodney Fisher & Ken Newberry lost to Evan Ames & Willie Douglas 2 dn; Bernie May & Keith Chapman beat Nigel Williams & Mike Dawall 2 up.

Cowdray seniors travelled to play Mannings Heath on their picturesque Waterfall course. Traditionally the home side excel on their own course and the hosts reversed the result at Cowdray by the same margin as in the first match, 6-2.

Cowdray match manager Ian Heustice was sidelined with a hand injury and handed the baton to Phil Harrison.

The visitors suffered defeats in the first four matches. Phil Harrison and Trevor Edwards played well to keep tabs on their opponents, for whom Richard Pugh was in excellent form, and when they won the 17th they clinched victory by 2&1.

Derek Smith and Rob Doney put up a good fight to keep in touch with the home pair, who eventually clinched a 2&1 win.

Cowdray Park’s successes came from David Gaff and John Newman, winners by 3&2, and Roger Poat and John Stone, who won by 1up against strong opponents.

These wins reduced the deficit to 4-2 but Mannings Heath won the final two legs.

Results: Phil Harrison & Trevor Edwards lost to John Wills & Richard Pugh 2&1; David Wickham & George Crouch lost to Graham Wyatt & John Gallagher 4&3; Derek Smith & Rob Doney lost to Paul Holmes & John Hastings 2&1; Philip Singer & Sam Howes lost to Chris Fernie & MIke Dimon 2 dn; David Gaff & John Newman beat Peter Ireland & Phil Davies 3&2; Roger Poat & John Stone beat Paul Williams & Allan Wild 1up; Martin Day & Gary Strowbridge lost to Steve Parker & Norman Bayne 3&2; Richard Histed & Adam Gramston lost to Eddie Searles & Paul Roberts 8&7.

A huge well done goes to the Cowdray ladies’ team who won away to East Brighton to go through to the quarter-finals of the Morrice Fours.

The afternoon was nerve-racking but they can now look forward to the next round, at Bognor on August 4.

Cowdray ladies competed in the Wakeham Trophy, playing 36-hole medal format.

The winner was Margaret Curwood with an aggregate score of 145. The runner-up was Wendy Street with 152, closely followed by Fran Bune with 153.

The winners of the first day of the medal were Marilyn Davis with nett 74, ahead of Pam Leach with 76 and Wendy Street (77).

Day-two winners were Margaret Curwood (nett 68), followed by Fran Bune on 74 and Wendy Street on 75.

The Cowdray Trophy for the best scratch score was won by Wendy Street; runner-up was Tessa Stockwell.


Goodwood’s 2014 Pup’s mini tour Series is played over six events throughout the year on the Park course. The purpose is to give junior golfers the feel of playing in a tour event but on an age-appropriate golf course.

Players compete in three different age categories – 11-13, eight-to-ten, seven and under. The 11-13 and eight-to-tens play a nine-hole strokeplay competition from the red tees.

The seven-and-under category played a flag competition, which means they had 36 shots to get as far round the course as they could from the junior tee markers before they run out of shots.

Winner of the 11-13 category was Yasmin Hang, who was inspired by Justin Rose’s recent visit to Goodwood; and the winner for the second time in a row in the eight-to-ten category from Littlehampton Golf Club was Joe Sykes, who carded an impressive score of 40 for nine holes.

There was a tie in the seven-and-under category with previous champion Rocco Bateman sharing the prize with Freddie Gillett. Both take part in regular coaching sessions at Goodwood.

The next event will be held on Tuesday, July 29.

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Selsey ladies played the Centenary Foursomes, which were won by Judy Sharpe and Doreen Scragg. Runner-ups were Sue Byewater and Barbara Ewens.

The ladies played the mixed winter greensomes with the vets’ section. Eight couples played and the winners were Sharon Williams, Brian Marriner, Barbara Winter and Bobby Moore. The event was organised by vets’ captain Moore, who presented each lady player with a red rose and gypsum flower arrangement.

On one of windiest and wettest days of the year, Selsey held their 26th annual pro am, as reported in the Observer.

The ladies’ section entered a team comprising Barbara Winter, Eddie Williamson and Janet Blackman. The ladies did extremely well in appalling conditions and finished in the middle of the leaderboard.

Played over two rounds was the Hacking Bowl. The overall winner was Sharon Williams

Selsey ladies visited Chichester ladies in poor weather and the match had to be abandoned on the 12th hole.

A charity day organised by Eddie Williamson and Sylvia Carter consisted of 14 holes of golf, lunch in the club restaurant and a quiz on birds.

The golf was won by Sharon Williams, who received chocolates and wine donated by Julie Conebar, proprietor of the club’s Links restaurant. Second was Eddie Williamson, who received a voucher donated by Peter Grindley, the club pro. Beverly Guest won the prize for the straightest drive.

The day raised £100 for the Chestnut Tree children’s hospice.


Bognor Golf Club held their popular Overton Salver contest and 30 juniors took part.

Worthing won the team competition, narrowly beating Goodwood. In the individual event Anya Olsen from Worthing took the winner’s prize.

Bailiffscourt Hotel sponsored the event and John Sixsmith, a Bailiffscourt director, attended to present prizes. He is the son-in-law of the lady who started the event some years ago.

Results: Individual – 1 Anya Olsen, gross 80 nett 63; 2 Harvey Burchell 81, 68; 3 Reece Camp 83, 69. Lowest gross – Matt Nye-Calvert (Ham Manor) 77. Team – 1 Worthing -6, 2 Goodwood -5.

Burchell and Nye-Calvert won closest-the-pin on holes two and 15. Closest the pin on the fifth was James Woolsley from Bognor and closest on the tenth was William Packham from West Sussex.

Bognor men hosted Singing Hills in the Optimus Trophy, the county’s premier scratch event. Bognor ran out worthy winners 8½-3½.

The morning foursomes finished 2-2, but in the afternoon Bognor won the singles 6½-1½, with a most notable win by Bognor’s James Ashman of 7&6.

Results: Foursomes – James Ashman & Jordan Vincent won 7&6, Nathan Parke & James MacLean won 5&4, Shaun Maskell & Tom Lea halved, Andy Brown & Henry Lep halved. Singles – James Ashman won 7&6, Jordan Vincent won 4&2, James MacLean halved, Nathan Parke won 2&1, Henry Leo lost 4&3, Shaun Maskell won 2 up, Andy Brown won 5&4, Tom Lea won 6&4.

Bognor face a long trip to Cooden Beach in the next round.

A total of 90 Bognor GC men took part in the popular Glover Cup, a bogey competition. Some excellent scoring on a truly wonderful day saw Dave Chalmers win with an incredible plus-six score.

Results – 1 Dave Chalmers +6, 2 Paul Brennan +4, 3 Alan Simmonds +3, 4 Jim Catt (cb).

Bognor seniors had their longest journey of the year when they went to Haywards Heath.

On a glorious day, the contest was won narrowly by Haywards Heath 4½-3½.

Bognor ladies played the Bird Cup Stableford.

Results – Winner Sue Redmond 40pts. Silver – 1 Sue Redmond 40; 2 Gill Harries 36 cb; 3 Lynn Miller 36 cb; Bronze A –

1 Georgina McCormack 36; 2 Sally Cameron 34 cb; 3 Margaret Martin 34 cb; 4 Valerie Robertson 34 cb. Bronze B – 1 Mary Hardy 34; 2 Davina Rumsby 33; Bronze C – 1 Kim Mercer 34; 2 Jackie Chamberlain 33.