Ladies Day takes place in glorious sunshine at Lewes Golf Club

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The Ladies Captains Day took place at Lewes Golf CLub on July 10.

The event took place in wonderful sunny weather which was a marked improvement on last year when the event was suspended due to hailstones. Captain Mandy Quick was on hand to dish out wonderful homemade refreshments and even a glass of Pimms to all the competitors. The winner on the day was Anne Clayton with 35 points. Second was Ellen Dunne with 34 points and third was Lucia Simpson with 34 points.

On Saturday July 13 Lewes GC hosted the Maija Hilton memorial Trophy, now in its third year.

The event is coordinated by Maija’s husband Tom and her three sons, Mark, Tony and Henry. This year 140 golfers played and the winning team was Tony Hilton, Lawrie Tremlett, AJ Boyse and Stephan Mander with 90 points. Second were Mark Higson, Diana Mitchell, Anne Clayton and Alan Burrows with 88 points and third Alan and Judy Keys, Tony Duc and Claudine Lower with 85 points.

The Presidents Putter of July 14 was won by Paul Smith nett 63. Second was Paul Thomsett (nett 69) and third Ian Newman (nett 70).

The Ladies Medal of July 17 was won by Di Mitchell with a net 71. The Captains Challenge took place on July 20. This competition sees teams try and beat the score set by the captains playing 4BBB. Captains Mike Sandford and Mandy Quick returned a score of 38 points. Only three pairs beat them: Tom Hilton and Mickey Goswell scored 40 points, and Hilary Osman and Stephen Winter 42 points. But best on the day were Mandy Hilton and Sue Richardson with 43 points.

Meanwhile, the Sussex County Golf Union ran its annual Veterans Meeting on July 24 and 25 – the 50th successive year this wonderful event has been held at Piltdown Golf Club.

If that wasn’t a big enough feather in the club’s cap, the first three pairs in Thursday’s foursomes were all Piltdown members.

Roger Street and Alan Coulthard won with 70 points, and they were followed by Ken Bulteel and Martin Tugwell with 66, and William King and Richard Kyle, also with 66.

The singles competition on Wednesday was distinguished by a splendid round of 71 gross by Doug Arnold of Copthorne (handicap 2), who naturally took the main prize of the day.

Then on Monday July 29, for the first time Piltdown ran its very own Seniors Championship for the over-55s.

The Finch-Noyes Bowl was won by Ken Bulteel – appropriately as he conceived the idea and brought it to fruition.

The four leading scores were all 38 points, countback making Mike Miller second, Mike Whitlam third and David Shepherd fourth.

For the more senior seniors there was a separate competition off the blue tees for the Vyvyan Shield.

This was won by Dick Marshall with 44 points – which shows how desirable the blue tees are. Geoff Walford was second with 41 and Malcolm Hunt third with 37.

“In all 57 players took part in these two competitions, which we think is a record turn-out for any single day at Piltdown – a tribute to the energy and persuasive powers of Bully Bulteel himself,” said the club’s Dick Glynne-Jones.