On-form Caroline Abbott wins a Downs double

Blackmer Trophy and Way Cup winner Caroline Abbott soaks up the sun on Eastbourne Downs' 18th hole

Blackmer Trophy and Way Cup winner Caroline Abbott soaks up the sun on Eastbourne Downs' 18th hole

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Faster greens and warmer weather are bringing out the best in Eastbourne Downs golfer Caroline Abbott, who has bagged two trophies, played with different formats, on consecutive outings.

Abbott, who plays off a handicap of 20, narrowly missed top spot in a number of ladies’ stroke play and stableford competitions earlier in the season, but has now found her form as the course’s fairways harden and longer drives are rewarded with more roll.

She won the Blackmer Trophy, a stableford event, midweek, with a score of 33 pts, just edging out Jenny Hughes on countback. Third place went to Judy Milne (32 pts), whose own improving form and consistency also promise more silverware this summer.

Abbott consolidated her success on Saturday, winning the Way Cup, a stroke play competition played over two consecutive weekends, with a net aggregate score of 160. Teresa Archer finished second, one shot behind, with Val McManus in third place on 164.

Earlier, the gents’ Members’ Cup, played against par, was won by Rob Caffrey, with plus 6 points, no mean feat on Eastbourne’s longest and only par-72 course, and with breezy conditions to contend with. Nigel Smith (plus 4) earned second place on countback from Joe Angella.

At the weekend, Kevin Hardy won the gents’ Tolley Putter stableford competition with an impressive 39 pts from David Hamper (38) and Rod Pullen (36).

Mid Sussex is a very different course to the Downs and they got their revenge

Seniors section caption Steve Dennis

There has been plenty of action, too, in the club’s seniors’ section. In their own competition against par, Peter Hutchinson finished in top spot with plus 3 points. Roger Hobbs (0) came second, and Ian Boyland (-1) third.

Having beaten Mid Sussex 5½-2½ in a friendly four ball better ball match at home, the seniors lost their away game to the Ditchling club 7½-½ last week.

“Mid Sussex is a very different course to the Downs and they got their revenge,” said team and Seniors section caption Steve Dennis. “We were beautifully entertained, though, and their course and the day were wonderful, despite the result.”

Senior members at Eastbourne Downs have the chance to play 14 other clubs both at home and away in friendly matches throughout the year. “It’s a very full roster of fixtures and a great opportunity to play golf around Sussex, make new friends and dine well afterwards,” said Dennis. For further details, visit www.ebdownsgolf.co.uk

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