Holes-in-one galore at Piltdown while Winter comes early to Bay View course

The name's Bond, Will Bond
The name's Bond, Will Bond

The Piltdown midweek stableford on September 2 was won by Michael Dykes with 38 points. Simon Strong had a hole-in-one on the 15th, and is still wallowing in the afterglow. The concurrent blue tee competition was won by Michael Coates, whose 35 points left clear water between him and the 30 of Hugh Thwaites and John Whittaker.

The Ladies’ Autumn Meeting was brought forward to August 28 as the greens reconstruction is now under way, and benefited from lovely weather. A gross 82 secured the scratch prize for Sue Gould-Davies, who also won the Scratch Cup for the best combined total in the Spring and Autumn meetings (86, 82).

The best handicap score in Silver Division was Poo Adam’s 68; in Bronze Division Annette Shelford’s 92 was the best gross score. Ann Bailey had the best handicap score of 67, which also won her the Hughes Cup for best nett score in either division. Rosemary Burns won the Hawes Cup for the best Spring/Autumn combined nett score (153) in the high handicap region.

But in all that packed programme and proliferation of prizes, there was a glittering highlight which gave universal pleasure: Diana Freeland, last year’s Ladies’ Captain, had a hole-in-one on the 18th – which unsurprisingly won the nearest-the-pin prize too.

A combination of blistering temperatures and baked ground at Bay View GC meant only two members recorded net scores below par in the September Monthly Medal.

In stroke-play over 18 holes, the Gold Medal went for the first time to Geoff Morley, on countback. With the benefit of the highest handicap in the field, he recorded a net 63, edging Ron Collins, also net 63, into the Silver Medal.

The Bronze Medal for third place went to Mick Copeland, who had a net par 64, as well as the satisfaction that his actual total of 70 was the best gross score of the day.

The prize for a tee shot nearest the pin on the short fourth went to John Rogers.

Bay View Golf Club last month interrupted the continuing summer weather with a touch of Winter.

Members competed in an 18-hole Stableford singles for the Clive Winter Cup – an annual event, named after the club manager, who played a central role in the creation of the course, between Eastbourne and Pevensey Bay.

The winner was Dan Scott, with an unassailable total of 46 points.

That was eight points more than runner-up Roger Bryant. A points total of 37 was enough to secure third place for Geoff Morley, on countback.