Golf: Chichester ladies into the final countdown

Chichester ladies' division-three finalists
Chichester ladies' division-three finalists

Chichester ladies’ division-three team are through to their divisional final.

They beat West Sussex GC 4-2 in a thrilling semi-final at Littlehampton.

In near-gale-force winds the team of Erica Ellicott, Lynn Plowman, Heddie Straw, Fiona Walsh (captain), Beverley Seymour, Terry Payne and Marilyn Forward fought with great determination and spirit. All the matches were very close with Chichester just managing to clinch victory.

The final against Crowborough Beacon will be played at The Dyke GC on Friday, August 28. Supporters will be welcome.

In their quarter-finals the Chi division-one team lost to The Dyke 4-2. Playing at Mannings Heath, the team of Sang Porter, Kathy Donohoe (captain), Caroline Hawkes, Elaine Fell, Helen Ball, Rachel Greenland and Mary Lou Litton couldn’t quite secure the win.

In one of the key events of the calendar, 42 ladies took part in Lady Captain’s Day on the Cathedral course on a cold, windy day.

In near-gale-force winds the team of Erica Ellicott, Lynn Plowman, Heddie Straw, Fiona Walsh (captain), Beverley Seymour, Terry Payne and Marilyn Forward fought with great determination and spirit.

Lady captain Caroline Hawkes started things off on the first tee. With three ladies in a team, three scores were required on the par threes, two scores on the par fours and just one score on the par fives.

The final scores were close with the team of Jennifer Sherwood, Dot Collyer and Fran Syson in second place with 75 points just pipped by Kathy Donohoe, Angela Perkins and Carol Stride with 76.

Nearest the pins were won by Carol Stride (fourth hole), Val Edwards (sixth), Elaine Fell (13th) and Rachael Hutchinson (15th).

Sandi Johnstone, one of the early starters, won the prize for the straightest drive on the 18th.

After play the ladies had buffet lunch in a marquee alongside the clubhouse.

Chichester GC hosted the annual Sussex ladies Jerdein Memorial Salver competition. Fifty clubs from all over Sussex sent two players each and their two Stableford scores were combined for their team score.

Youngsters Charlotte Topping and Emma Francis were clubhouse leaders with 71 points, but were pipped by one of the last teams to come in, Vicki Pett and Helen McRobert from Seaford, who had a combined score of 74.

Pett’s playing of the par-five 12th hole deserved a bigger audience – having gone in the water with her third shot she took a penalty drop and then holed her 150-yard fifth shot to score a memorable par.

The Sussex committee were grateful to the Chi lady captain for her hard work hosting such a large competition and to her army of volunteers who gave up time to make this event a success.

The chips were down as the Chichester veterans prepared for the return leg of their contest with Hill Barn for the Haygarth Trophy.

Having lost the first match at Hill Barn 6-2, captain Bev Shrives-Wrist feared he would be the first to lose the trophy which Chichester have held since its inception ten years ago.

As it turned out he needn’t have worried – the team selected came out all guns blazing and ended up with a thumping 8- 0 victory, their best of the season.

There were some really good scores, the best by 8&6 by Brendan Sharpe and Graham Probert and 7&6 by Norman Moore and Chris Penny.

Scores: Bev Shrives-Wrist & Dave Monkton won 5&4; C Goldsmid & Mike Harrington won 5&4; Paul Compton & Jim Robertson won 5&4; Nick Hobbs & Pete Collyer won 4&3; Mike Hunter & Peter Green won 4&2; John Styles & Rob Stainsby won 7&5; Graham Probert & Brendan Sharpe won 8&6; Norman Moore & Chris Penny won 7&6.

There was a tremendous effort by Chichester juniors when they faced the club’s veterans for the Brian Ayling Cup.

All four games were close but the ‘old boys’ came through to win them all. There were some great performances by the youngsters, including drives of up to 330 yards that took the breath away.

With an age range of seven to 18, the juniors gave their all. For one or two, it was their first match on the Cathedral course and the veterans were full of admiration for their resourcefulness and skill.

Results: C Goldsmid & P Collyer beat J Fradgely & A Gyening 3&1; D Monkton & B Santer beat T Evans & L Hughes 4&3; R Holden & R Stainsby beat A Brumder & L Lawrence 3&2; N Moore & R Chandler beat J Jackson & O Green 2&1.

Bognor’s juniors have had a busy few months with numerous competitions being played.

Ian Stoneham runs the busy section and deserve congraulations for getting through so many events.

The juniors held their annual Family Day and it was a great success with ten teams of four competing for the team prize. The winning team were Jake and Peter Stoneham and Dave and Zac Bacon.

A separate match held the same day was for the Kiwi Trophy, sponsored and presented by Jean Slater. Winners were Ben and Jack Taylor with 49 points, runners-up Simon Watts and Max Littleboy with 48.

Jake Stoneham won the President’s Trophy with 73 points after 36 holes, just edging out George Bingham, with Ryan Maskell third with 70. Chris Martin provided lunch and prizes for players.

Numerous competitions were sponsored by past and present members.

The Brian Mullenger Memorial Trophy, sponsored by Maureen Mullenger, was won by Max Littleboy with gross 80 and nett 68. Second was Harry Isham (92, 70) and third Scott Bingham (86, 76).

The Spring Trophy, sponsored by Bob Field, was won by Megan Tinson on 37 points, ahead of Harry Isham on 36 and Jake Stoneham on 35.

The junior club championship is sponsored by Grant Cane and Gary Embleton. The overall winner was Jake Stoneham, second was Max Littlebot, third James Woosley. The nett competition was won by Katie Field, ahead of Max Littleboy and James Woosley

The club captain’s junior trophy, sponsored by Simon Watts, was won with 38 points by Max Littleboy; second with 35 was Harry Isham and third on countback was James Woosley.

The Jon Penn Trophy, sponsored by Jon Penn, had an overall winner in Jake Stoneham with 38 points. Second was Megan Tinson with 35 points and third Katie Field with 30.

In the handicap range 19-36, winner Harry Isham scored 37 points to beat Charlie Broggi with 35 and Thomas Riseborough with 31.

The Jasmine Trophy is sponsored by Derek House and was won by Zac Bacon with 42 points. Second was Scott Bingham with 40, third Jake Stoneham with 34.

Last but not least, the Pittam Trophy, sponsored by Christine Pittham, was claimed by Harry Isham with 43 points. Second was Scott Bingham with 40 and third Jake Stoneham with 39.

Thirty-six ‘grannies’ from Bognor played for the Grannies Tot. Last year’s winner Kim Mercer organised the day and an enjoyable time was had by all despite a strong wind.

Prizes were presented to the winners. First with 37 points on countback was Linda Searle, second was Brigitte Paul. A nearest-the-pin contest was won by Chris Puddicombe.


The veterans held a presentation Day, starting with a 14-hole competition and a seven-hole competition for the older veterans.

The course was in very good condition. The greens were a little slower than usual but their condition was excellent thanks to the work of the greenskeepers.

After the match the members gathered in the Clubhouse for many prizes to be presented to the players by the veterans’ captain David Winter.

The Monthly Medal competition for July was won by new member Peter Lubbe. The Arthur Powis Cup was won by Brian Williamson and the presentation was made by his sister-in-law Eddie Williamson. Arthur was Eddie father.

The Eddie McGee Trophy which is for 75-plus-year-old players was won by Ray Holmes and was presented by Sylvia McGee, Eddie’s widow, and daughter Lisa.

Since April, the summer pairs and singles knockout competition have been running. Two fiercely-competitive competitions resulted in the winners of the pairs for the third time being Brian Chamberlain and Brian Rainer, who were presented with the trophy by veterans’ captain David Winter.

The winner of the Singles Trophy was David White, while the Jack Wildgoose Trophy, awarded to 24-plus handicap players over 18 holes off the yellow tees in a Stableford, was won by Roy Tolhurst.


Cowdray Park Seniors competed for the Yellowlees Quaich, a competition named after a former member, Bill Yellowlees, with a trophy donated in his memory by his widow.

The Quaich is a Scottish drinking cup, indicating Bill’s background. Conditions early on were dull and drizzly with a strong breeze, giving an apparent advantage to the later starters as conditions brightened.

Mike Burgess, first out, overcame conditions to register a creditable score of 69, laying down an early marker, while Rodney Fisher submitted the best return from a division-two player with 70. Only four division-two players featured in the top 28 scorers.

Phil Harrison took the lead with 68, showing his return to form, while Dave Hirons continued his rehabilitation with 72. In the same group, Roger Poat and club captain Harvey Terry both returned 69.

Mick Colban returned to the clubhouse with 67 but Rob Knight flew past them all with a stunning 64 to earn himself the trophy and a two-shot handicap reduction. Alongside Knight was Peter Laws, who scored 69 to earn fourth.

There were only seven twos, while the raffle raised £100 for Dreams Come True.

Leading scores: 64 Rob Knight; 67 Mick Colban; 68 Phil Harrison; 69ocb Peter Laws, Mike Burgess, Frank Cheevers, Roger Poat, Harvey Terry, 70ocb Rodney Fisher, John Smith, Terry Jasper.

Cowdray ladies competed in the Roberts Cup. This is a drawn competition with a high and a low handicapper playing greensomes Stableford with half combined handicap.

The winners. with a score of 36 points. were Solveig Burton and Pauline Lamb. Pat Wallace and Leo Crouch came in second with 35, on countback from Mary Bainbridge and Gaynor Dudman.

Cowdray Park Sseniors’ monthly Stableford suffered from their weather jinx for the fourth time this season, when torrential overnight rain relented enough to get the early starters out before it returned with a vengeance accompanied by thunder and lightning, making it unsafe for the players to continue.

The seniors’ match at Worthing, the following day, was also cancelled.

Cowdray Park club captain Harvey Terry paired up with club professional Tim Allen to contest the Southern PGA pro-am at Blackmoor.

They performed exceptionally well, competing against 41 other pairs, and finished an honourable second after a missed putt on the final green.


On a sunny but windy day, 36 holes of golf ended with Phyllis Rose becoming club champion at Littlehampton Golf Club.

Her gross score in the morning was 84, followed by an afternoon 87 for a 36-hole aggregate of 171. Deirdre Wickins took the 36-hole handicap prize with nett scores of 80 and 77 for a 157 aggregate to win on countback from Nikki Greenwood.

Phyllis received the championship cup from lady captain Jean Humphreys.

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