Family Day held at Piltdown Golf Club

At Piltdown Golf Club on May 5, the men played for the Southon Salver, which was won by Paul Bougon with 39 points, on countback from Ben Halsey, also on 39.

Adrian Simons was third with 38. Sue Hopkins led the ladies in on May 9 with 37 points; Catherine Scrivens was second with 36 and Sue Gould-Davies third with 34. The Div 2 winner was Caroline Bradley (36), from Veronica Humphrey (34) and Annette Shelford (33).

The Midweek Stableford on May 10 was won by Alistair Parker (35 points). Dick Carter was second (34), on countback from Roger Street (also 34). The Blue Tee competition on the same day was won by Michael De St Croix (38), from John Whittaker (32) and Michael Coates (30).

On Sunday the club played what was supposed to be a 36-hole match against Royal Ashdown, away. After the morning round Piltdown were 6-2 ahead, but what with afternoon rain and the effects of a jolly lunch, the remaining 18 holes disappeared in a blur. No doubt someone will work out a result somehow.

The Midweek Spring Trophy, a new venture at Piltdown, was won on May 15 by Alan Coulthard with a remarkable score of 41 points. David Hopkins was runner-up (36) and David Fry third (35). The separate blue tee competition was won by Geoff Walford (33).

The next day the ladies competed for the Englehart Salver and Judy Burnett won it with 36 points. Mel Boyse was runner-up (35). The ladies’ Div 2 team won a close match against Rye. The Div 3 girls have beaten West Chiltington and had a splendid win against East Brighton: 7-0!

The Morrice Fours team were less successful and lost all three games to a strong Highwoods group.

The big event of the men’s weekend was The Captain’s Prize, in which the youth and virility of Joe White (37 points) trumped the old lags of Martin Trott (also 37) and Paul Cowdy (36). The Cyril Blake team, still euphoric after getting through the first round, were disrespectfully dumped in the second.

The diligence of the club’s marketing team, led by Bre0nda Allvey, has attracted more than 50 recruits to the new Academy. Lessons and matches are in full swing.

On Sunday the club held its first Family Day: 56 turned up, mostly children of members, their friends, and of course parents and grandparents, and in lovely weather had a great party, with burgers, chicken wings, sausages, sauces and buns, which all disappeared very quickly.

The main attraction was a golf lesson followed by some play on the course. Pitching and putting were sideshows, especially exciting for the very young.

There is obviously a demand for family days like this.