Goodwood hosted a well-attended tri golf school games competition. Some 120 Year 5/6 children participated and for some it was their first taste of golf.
Tri golf format uses plastic clubs and soft balls, teaching children to chip and putt. The exciting competition saw eight different schools from across the area compete – Birdham, Boxgrove, Central, Chichester Free School, Edward Bryant, Slindon, Southway and The March.
Winners for our area, who will now represent West Sussex west in the county finals, were Edward Bryant. Huge congratulations to them!
It was an outstanding venue which is building a good relationship with the schools, encouraging more young people to take up golf. Information regarding their half-term and summer holiday camps can be found at their website under the junior section.
The event was organised by the area school games organiser Sean O’Connor, who said he could not have run such a successful event without The Regis School sports leaders, who were Year 8 and Year 10 students.
The school games are free to all schools. For more information email email@example.com or visit www.westsussexwestssp.co.uk
Bognor’s men played in their first Wednesday evening league fixture on the season when Worthing visited. The evening league is a home and away foursomes competition between Bognor, Cowdray Park, Worthing, Littlehampton and Ham Manor over the summer.
This match finished 2½-2½. Bognor lost the first two pairs and did well to halve the match.
Results: John Lampard & bob Wilson lost 4&3 to Phil Coles & David Williams, Steve Reddick & James MacLean lost 3&2 to Ben Colbourne & Pete Thomas, Mark Watson & Rob Redmond halved with Phil Gobeil & Mike Hall, John Cable & Ian Hendry won 3&2 over Andy Bell & Barry Compton, Simon Watts & Ron Stevens won 3&1 over Alan Emerson & Richard Haskins.
Away to Cowdray Park, Bognor suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat.
Results: Rob Redmond & John Cable lost 1 down, John Lampard & Richard Perry lost 2&1, Simon Watts & Rob Comins lost 2 down, Rob Miller & Richard Beresford lost 6&5, Mark Watson & Ron Stevens won 1 up.
A total of 73 men entered the Hardwick Bowl and Junior Cup on a blustery day. Conditions were very difficult as the scores reflected.
The Hardwick Bowl is a medal competition for men with handicaps up to 12 and the Junior Cup a medal for those with handicaps of 13 and above.
Results: Hardwick Bowl – winner Andy Frankling 78 gross (nett 68), 2 Ian Stoneham 76 (70), 3 Tony Parke 78 (70). Junior Cup – winner Vic Vincent 84 (71), 2 Graham Halliday 92 (73), 3 Martin Nelmes 92 (74).
Bognor’s men and seniors had a busy week with three club matches taking place. Bognor’s Cyril Blake hosted local rivals Littlehampton, who ran out worthy 4-0 winners.
Results: Don McLeod & Jim Catt lost 3&2, Dave Hicks & Bob Wilson lost 4&2, Simon Watts & Steve Reddick lost 1 down, Ron Stevens & Gary Steventon lost 3&2
Bognor seniors visited The Dyke and during the match, a hailstorm described as the worst seen at the club arrived and lasted 45 minutes. The match was abandoned with all pairs scores at the time of abandonment standing, resulting in a 4-4 draw.
Results: Alan Fitzgerald & Mike Oates lost 3&1, Rob Redmond & Tony Wells halved, Barry Appleby & Bryan Madgwick lost 1 down, Trevor Till & Mel Henry won 2 up, David Turner & Ken Catt won 4&3, John Woodhead & Brian Wolstencroft won 3 up, Clive Millett & Allan Delves lost 2 down, Frank Hodder & Roger Selway halved.
Bognor’s ladies’ section held a medal round for their America Cup, won by Sue Doughty.
Results – Silver: 1 Sue Doughty 72 cb, 2 Wendy Johnson 72 cb, 3 Chloe Court 72 cb; Bronze A: 1 Sheila Hendrick 73 cb, 2 Jacqui Humphries 73 cb, 3 Berit Smallcorn 73 cb, 4 Sally Cameron 74; Bronze B: 1 Eileen Morris 88 cb, 2 Pat Rishman 88 cb; Bronze C: 1 Suzanne Burns 73, 2 Vanessa Cole 74.
Chichester veterans played their Founders Cup Stableford in beautiful weather and 59 players enjoyed the day.
The section is in its 20th year and all applauded Peter Abbott, the one founder member who played and earned a special prize.
Mike Harrington led from the front. He scored a magnificent 22 points on the more difficult front nine of the Cathedral course and kept it going on the back to record a score of 39.
His score was run close by a few but never bettered as he triumphed by one point from Don Fowler and Chris Penny. Mike has a big lead of 11 points in the order of merit and his consistency makes him a strong favourite already.
Result: Founders Cup winner Mike Harrington 39pts; 2 Don Fowler 38; 3 Chris Penny 38; 4 Richard Holden 37; 5 Brian Melbourn 37. Nearest pins – 4th hole Bill Dunston; 6th Brendan Sharpe; 13th Brian Melbourn; 15th Jim Robertson.
The veterans made the trip to Foxbridge, where captain Campbell Goldsmid and partner Mike Chapman might have been worried after their 4&2 defeat in the first match. But the following five matches all went to Chichester for a resounding 5-1 victory.
This was especially pleasing as the team contained three recent new members, who all acquitted themselves well on their debuts.
Scores: C Goldsmid & M Chapman lost 4&2; B Santer & C Penny won 3&2; B Shrives-Wrist & A Grant won 3&2; P Compton & M Hunter won 4&2; G Probert & R Stainsby won 1 up; J Robertson & Collyer won 6&5.
The 26th annual pro am took place in strong winds.
Selsey GC entered teams representing the men’s, veterans and ladies’ sections – the ladies having been unable to field a team last year.
Prizes were presented by club captain Mervin Smith.
The winners were the team sponsored by Aspect Electrical (Barry Rishman, Billy Aspital, Simon Aspital plus pro Ben Martin from Worthing GC). Runners-up were the team sponsored by Terry & Ireland (A Terry, D Terry, C Krijgsman and pro James Sharp of Waterhall GC).
Third were the team sponsored Mariners (J Bines, P Lee, M Hurst and pro Alan Tyson from Battle GC. The winning pro was Richard Hill from Top Golf. Ben Martin from Worthing and Paul Nessling from Cooden Beach GC were joint second.
Cliff Pluck, who oversaw the prizegiving, congratulated the greenkeepers on their huge effort to get the course in good condition considering the weather. He said the elements were the worst he had every experienced in the 26 years he had been officiator for the SPGU at Selsey.
Prizes were donated by the Links Restaurant, Fullers Brewery, Tony Terry, Callaway/Motorcaddy, Frank Fewster and Ray Towell.
Cowdray Park seniors won the Sussex team pro-am at Copthorne, scoring ten under on a medal basis. The team consisted of club members Dave Hirons, Terry Jasper and Brian Street, partnered by Cowdray’s new professional Tim Allen.
Allen also finished an excellent fourth in the pros’ individual competition. This confirms Cowdray’s fine form in county competitions after last year’s Cyril Blake victory.
A number of Cowdray Park seniors made the journey to Epsom to contest the seniors’ open at the RAC Club. It was a perfect day of golfing weather and there were 132 contestants.
Cowdray’s Dave Hirons distinguished himself by winning the over-70s’ prize with 35 points.
Cowdray Park seniors travelled to Milford to take on the Sages on a fine day and went down 6-2.
The Sages established a 4-0 lead before a Cowdray revival.
The match involving the best-handicapped players on each side, Dave Lucking (Cowdray) and Robert Secrett (West Surrey), went to the visiting pair of Lucking and seniors’ captain Brian Brockhurst, who won 3&1.
Cowdray’s next pair of John Doran and Richard Histed further reduced the margin to 4-2 and raised the visitors’ hopes, but the recovery was short-lived with the home side winning the final two rubbers.
Results (Cowday Park names first): Keith Chapman & Rob Doney lost to Clive Hoare & David Little 4&3; Mike King & Peter Burton lost to David Rogers & Warren Hazelby 6&4; Allen Sibley & John Stone lost to Robin Sitwell & Sandy Meadow 2&1; David Tilley & John Smith lost to Mike Harrison & Terry Smith 3&2; Dave Lucking & Brian Brockhurst beat Robert Secrett & Nigel Bradley 3&1; John Doran & Richard Histed beat Alan Wilkinson & Dennis Luxford 2&1; Ralph Fanshawe & Richard Keep lost to Paul Grimshaw & Dave Ayling 6&5; Bernie May & Martin Day lost to Derek Pitt & Bill Morris 2 dn.