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The Montfort Bebb brothers of Piltdown: Jack on the left, then the twins Louis and Josh
The Montfort Bebb brothers of Piltdown: Jack on the left, then the twins Louis and Josh
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Maresfield Camp, near Piltdown, was once the Training Depot of the Intelligence Corps, and membership of the golf club was made available to its personnel.

When the depot closed in 1965 the Corps expressed its appreciation by presenting the IC Trophy, to be awarded for the best 36-hole total in the April and September stablefords. On April 5th Anton Skrypec and Mike Eggers set a challenging pace with 39 points each.

The ladies played a medal on April 10th. Gillian Steele won Div 1 with 72 (91 minus handicap 19), Catherine Scrivens was runner-up on countback with 73 (89-16), and Sue Gould-Davies third (82-9). However – wait for it - Div 2 was demolished by Annette Shelford’s astonishing 64 (86-22), for which she was rewarded with a handicap cut to 20. The Robertson Cup, which is restricted to those who have won a medal over the year, went to Lucy Jackson for her excellent 71 (93-22).

Junior events have been somewhat dominated by the Montfort Bebb boys. On April 5th Jack, the eldest, aged 15, cut his handicap from 27 to 23 in one fell swoop with 48 points, and Joshua (aged 12), was 4th on 38 points. In between were Alex Crickmore and Marcus Illingworth, both on 39. Then on April 8th Joshua scored 44 points, which won him a handicap cut from 21 to 19, and his twin brother Louis scored 41 (cut from 24 to 23). Oliver Osler-Holt (38) and Alex Crickmore (37) also scored well. Toby Pullan, playing off 14, made an encouraging 36 and was cut to 13. These fine scores and encouraging handicap reductions signify healthy progress and enthusiasm in the Junior Section.

Much promise is also apparent in the Piltdown Academy, some of whose members played a stableford on April 13th.

Hilary Humphry-Baker was a clear winner with 38 points, from Andy Gray (34) and Nigel Wood (33). Hilary has now joined the main club, and Nigel may soon do so as his wife is no less a luminary than Assistant Secretary of PGC! The Academy will soon be celebrating its first anniversary and a highly successful year with over seventy members of all standards of golf, several of whom have progressed to full club membership. A new year will be launched at an Open Day on Saturday April 26th at 10.30am, when anyone who wants to know more will be welcome: they will be introduced to the Academy Programme, to the Clubhouse and other facilities, to the Professionals and Staff – and above all to the unique Piltdown atmosphere. More details from tel 01825 722033.