Captain’s Drive-in at Lewes Golf Club

LEWES Golf Club last month welcomed its three new Captains with the traditional club drive-in.

Graham Forster, Judy Keys and junior captain Tom Richardson all played in the March 11 morning four-ball better ball competition, which was won by Colin Bassett and Richard Baker with a terrific 48 points. Second were Henry Hilton and Anna Worth, with 45 points and third was Paul Harley and Les Ellis, with 42.

All three captains hit fine shots from the tee and £76 was raised for their charity, Diabetes UK, by members betting on the outcome of the drives.

The retiring captains, Paul Giles and Sue Richardson, were at the club to wish the new captains a successful year. Paul was pleased to announce that, during their year of captaincy, the total raised for their charity (Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre Appeal) was £7,060. This sum included £483.45 raised through the charity boxes on the bar, which Paul had matched.

The following weekend saw Graham present his first trophy in the clubhouse – to the winners of the Ernie Goldring Memorial Trophy. The winning pair Stewart Begbie and Steve Easton, returned a score of 45 points, whilst second place went to Mandy Hilton and Ellen Dunne with 43 points, and the Captain, Graham Forster, playing with Lewes Proshop Assistant James Dean, were third with 42 points.

The following week the ladies section of Lewes Golf Club held a special afternoon tea party to celebrate the 90th birthday of one of their group. Dorothy Nichols has been a member of Lewes GC for 31 years. She plays a few holes every week and often puts many of the younger ladies to shame by going out to play regardless of the weather.

The changing of the clocks marked the end of the 2011/2012 Winter eclectic, although the last few weeks had seemed more like Spring than Winter. The warmer weather has seen the course blossom and Dave Windless took full advantage. Dave, who only joined LGC in September 2011, returned a magnificent score of 53 points and then had his handicap cut from 27 to 21.

The overall winners of the 2011/2012 Winter eclectic were: Handicap: Mark Hilton 53, Scratch: Tom Hilton 54 and Ladies: Mandy Hilton 56. The weekend’s stableford was won Ian Burch with 39 points who beat Vinnie Ashton on countback, while Jez Graves was third with 38 points.

Wednesday, March 28 was a beautiful sunny day and LGC members Rod Johnson and John Abbott made the most of the splendid conditions by both getting a hole in one on the uphill fourth.

THE latest monthly medal day at Bay View Golf Club brought a double success for Ray Woodward. Over two rounds of stroke play on the par-31 course, he took the Gold medal with a net score of 59 – and also recorded the lowest gross score of the day, with 68. Two strokes behind, John Rattray went home with the Silver Medal. One stroke further back, Bob Langridge’s net 62 was enough to earn him the Bronze Medal.

In a parallel competition over just nine holes, it was very much a day for the ladies – who posed a few questions for the handicap committee! In first place was Linda Corcoran, with net 23, a lead of three strokes over second-placed Sue Kidd. The prize for a tee shot nearest the pin on the 107-yard fourth went to Les Dervish.

WELLSHURST travelled to Hawkhurst for the first match of the season and lost 4.5 to 1.5 on a very tricky course. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: C Peskett/P Haward lost to B Hyde/M Hodgson; B Haste/D Percival lost to G Hayler/C Nichol; A Fuller/J Mitchinson lost to P Glynn/C Levett; N Birch/T Cheeseman beat M Eardley / L Dadswell; J Bealing/J Garnham lost to M Cox/M Eyles; C Goddard/R Blake halved with R Newick/S Groves.