It started with 53 players taking part in a shotgun start on a course that has really come good and is a pleasure to play on, so thanks go to the two green keepers for their hard work in preparing the course.
After 18 holes the players changed and attended the meal and raffle. The proceeds of the raffle, £154, will go to the captain’s charity St Wilfrid’s Hospice and a cheque will be presented later in the year.
The winner was Denny Terry who was presented with the Captain’s Putter trophy by the captain.
Terry has been a member of Selsey for 50 year this year and has never won the Captain’s Day match, although he has won many other trophies and cups over the years – as can be seen on the rolls of honour in the clubhouse.
Jake Vines won in a field of 96 to take the Whitsun Cup with a nett score of 65.
Conditions were extremely tough with the averge score for the eighth hole 5.89 and for the ninth, 7.23. There were 65 double bogeys or worse on the ninth alone.
Kevin Holton came second with a very good nett 67 and three players managed nett 68.
Results: Div 1 - Kevin Holton gross 77, nett 67, 2 Richard Longhurst 73/68, 3 David Wood 75/68, Div 2 Mike Garrigam 82/68, 2 Stuart Poyser 83/71, 3 Richard Perry 85/73, Div 3 Jake Vines 85/65, 2 Bob Miller 84/68, 3 Matthew Reynolds 93/69.
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Bognor seniors continued their poor run of form with a demoralising 6-2 loss at home to Rowlands Castle. After excellent results in April and mid-May Bognor have now lost a number on the run, but hopefully their fortunes will change soon.
Bognor match captain David Turner continued with his good form with a close-fought win over Rowlands captain Graham Allan.
Results: David Turner & Ken Catt won 2&1 vs Graham Allan & Ron Clement, Mike Oates & Roger Selway lost 5&3 to Steve Lapage & Phil Sparshatt, Barry Forey & Frank Hodder lost 2&1 to Ian Barrowcliffe & David Morris, Clive Millett & Alan Cranston lost 6&5 to Matt Murphy & Alan Dickinson, Bob Lee & Denis Burke won 2&1 v Don Wilkinson & Roy Mercer, Richard Kaemena & John Woodhead lost 4&3 to Chris Jenkins & Terry Barnett, Dave Hollis & Ian Bright lost 2&1 to Mike White & Alan Jones, Allan Delves & Peter Collins lost 3&2to John Nash & Mark Stanton
Bognor’s Wednesday Evening League team travelled to Ham Manor but were overwhelmed by a fine host team, losing 4.5-0.5.
Results: Simon Watts & Ron Stevens halved, John Cable & Wille Dunn lost 1 down, Richard Perry & Rob Comins lost 3&2, Phil Hawkes & Ian Paine lost 6&5, Mark Watson & Rob Redmond lost 1 down.
Bognor’s scratch team couldn’t overcome another away draw and lost 7.5-4.5 at Lewes.
The Birchwood team, however, recorded an excellent 3-2 victory away to Highwoods GC and they will now play at Lindfield GC this Saturday in the second round of the County Handicap Plate competition.
The Highwoods match was settled when last pair Mike Oates and Ron Stevens won their game 3&1 on the 17th, to the delight of the watching Bognor players.
A quest to win Europe’s biggest pro-am begins for Matthew Savory and his Golf at Goodwood PGA Professional Christian Fogden when they tee up in a Lombard Trophy regional final at Camberley Heath Golf Club next Tuesday.
It’s one of 14 regional finals being staged across the UK.
They will be up against 64 other clubs with the winning club going through to compete in the 36-hole final at Portugal’s luxurious Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Hotel resort on the Algarve in September.
Savory landed a chance to have a tilt at qualifying for the grand final when he won his club qualifying competition with a score of 39 points.
Lombard, the UK’s largest asset finance provider which invests in local and regional business, has enjoyed a long association with the event, helping make it the biggest pro-am in Europe.
The tournament attracts entries from more than 700 clubs across Great Britain and Ireland. Lombard originally sponsored the tournament from 1995 to 2006 before returning as headline sponsor in 2013.
Savory, 40, is a telephone engineer living in Portsmouth. He plays off a handicap of 14. Fogden, 41, has been a professional at Goodwood for 16 years. PGA pros play an important role in the success of golf clubs, using their expertise and knowledge to benefit all aspects of a club’s business.
The winner of the Grannies Trophy for 2016 was Lina Cullen on 37 points. Runner-up was Jenny Clegg with 36 and Judy Stillwell was third with 35.
A non-grannies Stableford was run on the same day and the winner was Nikki Bain with 36 points, with Kate O’Kelly second on countback.
Cowdray ladies had an exchange day with Ham Manor but the weather was wet and windy. Only nine holes were played with everyone coming in looking like drowned rats. Once dry, the ladies enjoyed a light lunch.
Exchange day results (format two best scores): 1 Sue Brown, Jane Holden, Tessa Stockwell 35pts; 2 Sandra Barber, Pauline Alexander, Linda Doney 33; 3 Pat Wallace, Terry Hughes, Gaynor Dudman 33.
Cowdray Park seniors travelled to Horsham to play Mannings Heath, on a grey morning and the rain held off until virtually all games were completed.
This was the return of the recent fixture at Cowdray which ended in an exciting 4-4 draw, and Mannings won this game 5-3.
The first match out saw match manager Ian Heustice and Wally Mitchell struggling to hold a strong home pair, who were six up at the turn. Thanks to successive birdies from Heustice and some solid putting from Mitchell, Cowdray reduced the arrears but the home pair sealed the win on the 15th.
Former Mannings Heath member Richard Burden gelled well with David Wickham and they ran out 3&2 winners before John Doran and Barry Overington gave the visitors the lead with a 2&1 win. Overington played tremendous golf, finishing four under par.
Chris Hutchings and George Crouch fought back from six down at one stage to lose on the 18th. John Durrell and Colin West won by the narrowest of margins to level the overall score before the home side completed two large-margin wins to take the match 5-3.
Results (Mannings Heath names first): Richard Pugh & Paul Holmes beat Ian Heustice & Wally Mitchell 5&3; Michael Pearson & Roger Key lost to Richard Burden & David Wickham 3&2; Steve Parker & Allan Wild lost to John Doran & Barry Overington 2&1; Phil Andrews & John Wills beat Chris Hutchings & George Crouch 1up; Michael Hart & Mel Gunn beat Bill Birnie & Rob Doney 6&5; Eddie Searles & Chris Fernie lost to John Durrell & Colin West 1 dn; Gerry Woods & Bill Hill beat Mike Holden & Bruce Spooner 7&6; Peter Ireland & Graham Wyatt beat Dave Coombes & Roger Poat 6&5.
In weather more akin to March than June – cold with a strong, swirling wind – 53 Cowdray seniors competed for the Rolland Plate, the latest Medal competition of the year.
The winner was Harvey Terry, a member of the successful Cyril Blake team and a former club captain, with a nett 67 by one shot from John Kitchener on 68, and they were the only two players who bettered par.
Both players received a handicap reduction and qualified for the end-of-season seniors’ championship.
Scoring level par (70) came the consistent Mike Briant and Alan Robinson, while Dave Hirons recorded the lowest gross score of the day and advanced his claim to the Eclectic Trophy. Seven players recorded twos.
Leading scores: 67 Harvey Terry; 68 John Kitchener; 70 Mike Briant, Alan Robinson; 71 Dave Hirons, Richard Burden; 72 Bernie May, Dave Gaff, Phil Pett, Frank Cheevers, Pat Harrison, Wally Mitchell, Ken Marjoram. Twos: 9th hole - David Heard, Mick Colban, Allen Sibley. 17th - Roger Poat, Alan Robinson, Dave Hirons, Mike Briant.
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