Weather changes - desire to play golf doesn't

Despite a change in the weather, members of Horsham Golf Club have continued to enjoy their golf.
Horsham Summer Cup winner Sue HillmanHorsham Summer Cup winner Sue Hillman
Horsham Summer Cup winner Sue Hillman

The seniors played their annual friendly with Gatton Manor in glorious sunshine. Horsham lost 4.5-2.5, finding the faster greens quite a challenge. Nairon Khan and Rod Northway won 3&2 and Tad Paluchowski and Tommy Ward won 2&1. John Neale and Derek Shadbolt halved, while Tony Puttock and Derek Jones lost 2&1 and Shaun Moloney and Ian Cherriman lost 3&2. Steve Lane and Martin Jesty and Andy Wachnianin and Will Pitt lost two down.

The seniors played a medal competition over two days. Congratulations to Tuesday winner Peter Martin with a nett score of 62, John Wrighton was second with 67. Jim White third with 68 and Jenny Elliottt fourth with 69.

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On Wednesday in cooler and damper weather there were some remarkable scores and a hole in one from John Butler on the 16th.

The winner was Denis Wright with an impressive nett 60, second was Nigel Croy with 63, third Trevor White with 65 followed by Alex Osment with 66.

The Founders Cup competition was played in very wet, cold and challenging weather. There was a good turnout and a well-deserved win for Ajay Johni with 36 points. Second was Mark Smith with 35 and coming in with 32 apiece were Shaun Moloney and Jeremy Simpson, Moloney coming third on countback.

A Texas scramble is always fun and the seniors enjoyedone over two days. The Tuesday winners were Peter Martin, Martin Jesty and Jill Jordan with nett of 55. John Wrighton, Howard Mannion and Clive Limbrick scored 55.95.

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With 55 on Wednesday were Charlie Malsbury, Richard Burton and Roger Smith. Second were Derek Shadbolt, Robert Neal Smith and Jeremy Myles with 58.25. Four times a year the ladies and the seniors play a joint competition – this time the men and ladies were paired together for a greensomes format.

It was won by Jean Bean and Chris Macauley with 42 points; second were Martin Jesty and Jane White with 38. The Ladies’ Summer Cup is played over three rounds and this year’s winner was Sue Hillman with an impressive combined 75 points from her two best rounds. Hilary McGuinness-Smith was second with 70. Sue was presented with the cup by Liz MacGregor, ladies’ captain.

* Mannings Heath’s retiring captain Nigel Ingram has helped steer the club through one of its most challenging periods in recent months and he and ladies’ captain Margaret Brown can be proud of raising £9,000-plus for Cruse Bereavement Care and Home Start in their two years in office.

But out on the course Ingram was denied a victorious conclusion to his term on Saturday as his side went down 11-7 to vice-captain Chris McGrath’s squad in the Captain’s Team Challenge.

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McGrath and Director of Golf Simon Mantell halved their fourball with Ingram and Clive Tucker but victory for Mantell over Tucker in the singles and a last green one hole win for McGrath over Ingram saw the vice-captain’s team off to a winning start.

Tony Nash and Giles Korner earned double points for the captain and Will Thomas, Elliot Cloy and Cam Bates did so for the vice-captain with the latter pair securing the day’s only 3-0 whitewash.

Three-handicap Thomas recorded an astonishing five under par gross 67 that earned him the prize for best individual card, 44 points. The overall result made it six wins in a row for the vice-captain’s team.

Cam Bates, off four, took the honours in Sunday’s Stableford with 40 points and pipped Lewis Westlake on countback. Michael Snee was third with 38.

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The ladies staged their Medal Finals in challenging conditions. Meriel Jolley, off 19, won the day with a nett 76. Lynne Jones was second and Tina Norris third.

Norris was among the winners again in the Lady Captain’s Texas Scramble as she, Emma Francis, and Jo Willis combined for nett 64.7. Nearest challengers Mina Burton, Carolyn Kimberley and Lyn Turner posted nett 71.3.