Cold winds and a damp mist over Cliffe Hill challenged the competitors in this year’s Christmas Pudding Fourball at Lewes Golf Club on Sunday.
Despite the weather, the cliff top course continues to hold up extremely well, with no need for winter greens or tees, and not even a trolley ban in place, and a strong field of 31 pairs braved the tough conditions to battle out a closely fought contest.
Andy James and Jon Williams ran out the narrow winners with a better ball score of 42 Stableford points. Andy Webber and Nigel Howe signed for the same total but were given the runners-up placing on countback. Third prize went to James Lee and Mike Pitt, who made 39.
Sue Richardson scored best in the Winter Eclectic on Saturday. Her 41 points put her three ahead of her closest rival, Don Fuller on 38. Club vice captain Tom Drysdale pipped Graham White for third place on countback after both carded 37.
The previous weekend Toby Fricker’s 42 earned the Winter Eclectic top prize. David Adams, 41, was second, with Katy Curtis third on 40 points.
Mandy Quick and Lionel Dorn teamed up to win the Christmas Greensomes by the tightest of margins. They edged out Paul Crees and David Pilfold on countback, after both pairs finished on 37. Third placed Andy Webber and Darren Clarke were only a point further back with 36.
Strong winds and some tricky pin positions made scoring difficult for the Seniors’ Christmas Competition at Lewes Golf Club last week.
In the end it was the three players who finished on 34 Stableford points who shared the honours, with Richard Hoffman taking the main prize on countback.
Robert Davies and David Stenning were second and third respectively. But, being a Christmas competition, there were plenty more prizes on offer at the festive lunch which followed.
Graham Wood, for example, had gathered just 24 points to take 34th place - but he won a prize for sporting the best Christmas tie!