Tony is the king of the golf pros!

Tony Hilton
Tony Hilton

Tony Hilton, Club Professional at Lewes Golf Club, shot a sublime two-under-par 68 to beat a strong field of fellow pros from across Sussex for the SPGU Riseborough Trophy at Bognor Golf Club.

A near faultless display included 15 pars, an eagle and a birdie.

The only dropped shot came at the final hole but, despite this blemish, the score was good enough for a one-shot victory over Jason Partridge (Piltdown) and Lea Cooper (Horsham).

Tony said: “I played nicely, especially on the front nine where I gave myself plenty of birdie chances, and I felt in complete control for 17 holes.

“My tee shot was slightly right on 18, which led to the bogey, but thankfully it didn’t cost me.”

It was the second time Tony has claimed the Trophy having been successful over the same venue in 2011.

Meanwhile, Lewes Seniors are through to the final of Sussex County Golf Union’s Gilbert Print Plate Trophy after a nailbiting semi-final victory over Nevill, played at Seaford.

The scores were tied at two-apiece following the four regulation four-ball matches, so the tie went to extra holes.

Lewes had almost won it in when Brian Mitchell, playing with captain David Stenning in the last match, very nearly chipped in at the 18th for a winning half point that would have been all the more remarkable as they had fought back from being five down.

As it was, Terry Ferber and Tom Drysdale, who had already won their match, kept cool heads at the first extra hole to clinch Lewes’ place in next week’s final.

Other members of the successful Lewes team were: Dick Turk, Roy Waghorne, Paul Harley and Dave Manktellow.

In other Lewes GC news, three players finished level with nett 69s in the September Medal competition.

Simon Heather took the honours on countback, from Richard Baker (2nd) and Ian Richardson (3rd).

Mandy Hilton won the Ladies’ Medal with a nett 71.