Golfing seniors happy to accept Cowdray Park’s invitation

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A total of 50 golfing pairs, one home player with an invitee, took part in Cowdray Park seniors’ invitation - a resounding success for new organiser David Tilley. He was rewarded with a thrilling finish, with only one point covering the first six pairs.

Last year, winners John Start and Alan Austin teed off first and their score was never beaten. This year, Phil Harrison and Pat Northeast (Littlehampton) teed off first and put a score of 41 points on the board.

Two other pairs, John Doran and David Hudson (Old Thorns) and Terry Moran and Mike Vansittart (Worthing), also scored 41 points but lost on countback.

Harrison and Northeast were finally beaten by almost the final grouping including big-hitting Peter Hardcastle and Ian Sloan (Waterlooville) on countback.

Hardcastle’s birdie on the 18th proved crucial as it cancelled out Harrison’s birdie on the 15th and gave his side the narrowest of victories.

Fifth and sixth places wnet to Pat Bonner and Bill Morris (West Surrey) and Brian Carpenter and Alan Carpenter (Foxbridge), both with 40 points.

Nearest the pin on the 9th was home player Gary Strowbridge, while the longest drive on the 13th was struck by David Amey (West Surrey).

Seniors’ captain Bill Hummerston presented the prizes, having made a humourous speech, and paid a generous tribute to the hard work of Tilley and his helpers, starters, ball-spotters and raffle sellers. The raffle raised £200 for the the Mary How Trust.

The day after the invitation, the in-form Mike Burgess hit a hole-in-one on the long par-three ninth hole. He celebrated this feat in the time-honoured tradition in the clubhouse.

Having won their home fixture 4½-3½ against Chichester, Cowdray Park seniors knew they’d face a tough test in the return on the difficult Cathedral course. Chichester ran out 6-2 winners, although the overall match was close with five matches going to the wire.

The lead match, involving match manager Tony Castley and Phil Harrison against Chichester’s seniors’ captain Brendan Sharpe and David Blythe proved a real nail-biter.

Cowdray took an early lead but their hosts were three up at the turn. The Cowdray pair fought back to level matters but Blythe used his shot to good effect on 14 to win the hole to go one up, a lead which was doubled on 16.

Castley won 17 with a par but on the 18th Bylthe, in recent of a shot, halved the hole to secure the win by 1 up. Despite valiant efforts from the vistors’ Mike Hancock and Peter Burton and Dave Tilley and Chris Hoare, the remaining matches went the way of the home side.

Results (Cowdray names first): Tony Castley & Phil Harrison lost to Brendan Sharpe & David Blythe 1 dn; Alan Godfree & Dave Hirons lost to Harry Harper & Rober Stainsby 1 dn; Mike Hancock & Peter Burton beat Norman Moore & Peter Johnston 2&1; Bill Hummerston & Ray Dowse lost to Campbell Goldsmid & Richard Holden 2 &1; Peter Laws & Mel Milburn lost to Nicholas Hobbs & Chris Myers 3&1; George Crouch & Dave Imlach lost to Roy Chandler & Gordon Williams 9&7; Dave Tilley & Chris Hoare beat Bruce Santer & Mike Chapman 4&3; Ian Goodall & Allen Sibley lost to Peter Green & Ed Root 2&1.

Cowdray ladies’ captain Polly Davenport held her Captain’s Day on Sunday. Some 137 members and friends played in the individual Stableford. An amazing £1,771.84 was raised for Polly’s charity, the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Results: Ladies’ winner Sue Brown 34, 2 Terry Hughes 34, 3 Sally Williamson 34, 4 Stephanie Bevis 33, 5 Margaret Curwood 33. Gents’ winner Adrian Poole 38, 2 Simon Dickinson 38, 3 Brian Dormer 38, 4 Dave Hirons 37.Guest prize: Karen Puttock. Best past lady captain Sue Brown; Ladies’ nearest the pin, 9th: Wendy Street; 11th: Stephanie Bevis; Gent nearest in three, 15th: Kevin Raishbrook; Lady in two, 12th: Sue Brown.

Other results for July: Four-ball better-ball winners Sue Brown & Marilyn Davis 41pts; r-up Barbara Parker & Lil Cummins 38. Roberts Cup winners Wendy Street & Sandra Barber 34pts, r-up Marilyn Davis & Georgie Miller 33.


The Bognor Challenge Open Weekend started with the Purley Trophy and Bognor Challenge Cup being played for. A 36-hole event, the Purley Trophy is scratch and the Challenge Cup is handicap.

Wayne Hawes from Littlehampton defended his Purley Trophy title from 2011 with two excellent rounds of 69, giving him a total of two under par 138.

The 2012 Tillman Trophy winner Alisdair Dalgliesh from Haywards Heath, came second with a par 140 total. Joe Doherty from Worthing came third with 142.

The best morning round went to Simon French (Littlehampton) with 71 and the best afternoon round was won by Colton Alleyne-Davis, from Cooden Beech with 69.

The whole club came together and members and juniors volunteered to help out.

The Challenge Cup was won by Bognor member Roy Tidy, playing off nine, with two fantastic nett scores of 67, giving him a six under handicap total of 134.

Paul Oliver, also from Bognor and playing off ten, came second with 137. Ron Stevens and Andy Brown, also Bognor members, were third and fourth. The best morning round was by Stuart Bell (Bognor) with 67. The best afternoon round went to James Maclean (Bognor) with 66.

The Davis Bowl is an 18-hole foursomes open. It was won by JJ Stephenson and Ian Paine from Bognor with 38 points. They beat Rob Kissell and Pete Austin, Brian Arnell and Andy Brown and Robert Holland and Dave Hicks, all on countback.

The Millbourn Cup is an 18-hole fourball better-ball bogey event, also an open. It was won by Rob Kissell and Pete Austin (Bognor) with a fantastic score of plus nine. They won on countback from Andy Brown and Dave Wood.

Three pairs finished with plus seven and third on countback were Steven Bowen from Royal Jersey and Sean Maginnis from Bognor.

A team of six Bognor ladies played against Slinfold in the quarter-finals of the Morrice Foursomes at West Chiltington Golf Club.

In warm but breezy conditions, Bognor won 2½-½ to secure a place in the semi-finals in early September. Their opponents will be Copthorne.

Results: Wendy Johnson & Caroline Pilbeam halved; Anne Bushell & Lynn Miller won 3&2; Gill Harries & Nicki Vincent won 6&4.

Fifty-four ladies competed in the Junior Rose Bowl medal. Winner was Berit Smallcorn with a nett scores of 64.

Results: Silver Div - 1 Sophie James 71 nett; 2 Sue Doughty 72, 3 Sian Southerton 73, 4 Nicola Holton 74; Bronze A: 1 Berit Smallcorn 64; 2 Kay Dady 71, 3 Jaqui Humphreys 73 (ocb); Bronze B - 1 Carol Adams 73, 2 Barbara Evans 75, 3 Yvonne Potter 77, 4 Mary Hardy 79 ocb.

In breezy conditions at Highwoods GC, Bognor’s Sue Doughty and Jane Russell posted scores of 38 and 35 points to win the Jerdein Memorial Salver by one point from the Cottesmore pair.

The Jerdein is a prestigious county competition in which 51 clubs participated this year. Two representatives play 18 holes Stableford then the two scores are added together. This was the first time Sue and Jane had taken part in such a competition and acquitted themselves extremely well.


A ‘slap in the face’ is the traditional way to start the Silver Gauntlet Challenge, a competition between the ladies and veterans’ sections at Selsey.

The ‘slap’ was administered by this year’s ladies’ captain Eddie Williamson to vets’ captain David Tindale. The challenge is a Greensome competition with six players from each section, playing in pairs.

The veterans were the winners this year. The competition ended with tea and scones in the clubhouse.

Results: David Tindale & Peter Brooks lost 3&1 to Judy Sharpe & Sue Bligh; Brian Chamberlain & David White won 4&3 against Hilary-Cooke & Rita Green; Dave Green & Brian Rainer won 5&4 against Sue Bywater & Sharon Williams.