PAC Trophy Golf News with John Vinicombe

PAV Trophy holders East Sussex National only squeezed into the quarter-finals thanks to last man Ollie Hayes halving his match.

A 6-6 tie would have given visiting Littlehampton victory in the Sussex Inter-Club Matchplay championship on the away rule. Instead, ESN’s 7.5-5.5 win was at the expense of heroic Dean Hendry who was unwell while three-up at the halfway mark of his match with Hayes.

When putting on the eighth green, Hendry pulled up short complaining of chest pains. After feeling giddy and faint he was taken to the health centre at the Little Horsted club where his blood pressure showed a low reading.

Steve Graham, the Littlehampton team manager, explained: “A couple of groups went through, giving Dean a chance to compose himself and he said he wanted to carry on.

“He did and was one down at 17 and his opponent halved the match. Fair play to Dean for carrying on, knowing what it meant to the team, and to his opponent for giving him so much time.”

Derek Howe, ESN’s general manager said: “When I took Hendry back to the clubhouse after the match he said he was feeling a lot better and would be seeing his doctor the next day.”

Graham was pleased with the tied foursomes: “It gave us a fighting chance. In the morning we were leading in three games at one point. In the singles we were leading in four games and halving two.

“We only needed one more point to draw then Dave Webb lost to Rob Bury up the 18th.”

With James Doswell and Luke Cornford playing in the British Amateur championship at Hillside and Hesketh, ESN were below strength but expect to have a full squad available at Sedlescombe on July 16.

Next stop for five times winners Copthorne – 7-5 conquerors for Hill Barn in the last round – is a toughie at Lewes.

Lewes were too strong for West Hove winning 9-3 after a near perfect performance in the foursomes. Highlight of the morning was Lawrie Tremlett holing his tee shot at the 131-yard fourth hole, paving the way for him and Matt Hart to beat Simon Tiplady and Steve Nielsen by 8&7.

The happy duo also had two eagles and were nine under par when hands were shaken.

Jonny Ingram was similarly on fire for West Hove in his halved match with Tremlett. Ingram had nine birdies and Tremlett, Lewes’ head greenkeeper, had to win the 18th to avoid defeat. Big wins were the order of the day for Lewes; Mark Hilton defeating Nielsen 7&6; Henry Hilton overturning Joel Newsome 8&7; Jon Williams accounting for Mark Gully 7&5, and Steve Verth bringing up the rear with an 8&7 trimming of Simon Tiplady.

Seaford Head have never been so far in the Sussex Inter-Club Matchplay championship. Benefitting from a third successive home draw, they beat Chartham Park 7-5 to be rewarded by yet another home engagement, albeit against Worthing. “It is a fantastic draw.” said team manager Bob Allen. “I know Worthing are very strong (but) I’ve got the right vibes for it.”

For the match with visiting Chartham, Allen interupted his holiday in the South of France to return the following day. Leading 3-1 after the foursomes, Seaford Head won the first two singles.

Allen chose Spencer Elliott, who lost heavily in the first round, to start the afternoon battle in a gamble that his nerve was unaffected. “We hoped for the best and Spencer won by two holes against their best player,” said Allen.

In the middle and lower order, Arron Smith and brother Mark added to the lead. Team captain Tom Hartwell slammed the door shut with a 4&3 defeat of Mike Ducher.

At East Blatchington, Seaford were always in control against Bognor, winning 8.5-3.5. Winning three of the foursomes and halving the other gave them a lead they never looked like losing, although in the opening singles Martin King lost to James Ashman by 2&1.

Craig Poulter halved with Brian Arnell and then came three Seaford wins in a row. Paul Hills, Clive King and team manager Martin Landless beat Andry Brown, Andy Field and Dave Hicks by 3&1, 2&1 and 5&4 respectively.

RESULTS. PAV Trophy, 3rd round: Hill Barn lost to Copthorne 7-5; Worthing beat The Nevill 9-3; East Sussex National beat Littlehampton 6.5-5.5; Lewes beat West Hove 9-3; Seaford beat Bognor 8.5-3.5; Sedlescombe beat Singing Hills 10-2; Sweetwoods Park beat Chichester 8-4; Seaford Head beat Chartham Park 7-5. Trophy 4th round draw (July 16): Seaford Head v Worthing; Sweetwoods Park v Seaford; Lewes v Copthorne; Sedlescombe v ESN.

Plate, 1st round: Ham Manor w/o v Lindfield; Waterhall lost to Haywards Heath 8-4; Willingdon beat Hollingbury Park 10.5-1.5; Royal Eastbourne beat Slinfold Park 9.5-2.5; Cowdray Park lost to Ifield 6.5-2.5; Rustington lost to The Dyke 9.5-2.5; Crowborough Beacon beat Mannings Heath 9.5-2.5; Mid Sussex beat Holtye 7-5; Cooden Beach beat Selsey 8.5-3.5; Boars Head lost to Beauport Park 8.5-3.5; Piltdown lost to West Sussex 11-1; Pyecombe beat Highwoods 9.5-2.5; Dale Hill lost to Brighton & Hove 9-3; Hassocks lost to East Brighton 9-3; Royal Ashdown Forest beat Eastbourne Downs 10.5-1.5. Peacehaven, bye.