Golf: Conditions are a test for Bognor ladies

Sue Monger and Sally Cameron were winners at Bognor
Sue Monger and Sally Cameron were winners at Bognor

Twenty-eight ladies from Bognor played a 36-hole foursomes Stableford. The weather was kind in the morning but it was different story for the afternoon session when a strong wind made the game tricky.

The overall winners with 73 points were Sue Monger and Sally Cameron, with 40 morning points and 33 in the afternoon. Second went to Sue Crossen and Lin Harbutt with 72 points; Chloe Court and Janet Carter were third with 69 and Chris Puddicombe Sheila Sargeant fourth with 68.

An alternative 18-hole foursomes Sstableford was played and was won with 39 points by Lynn Miller and Ann Bushell. Runners-up were Mary Hardy and Brigitte Paul on 35; third Beryl Payne and Val Robertson with 34 on countback from Jane Finch and Jackie Chamberlain.

The Langmead Challenge Trophy is a 36-hole medal competition played over two weeks. Fantastic golf was played especially by June Salt who had a nett 68 in round one.

The second week brought incredible golf by Wendy Pettie with a nett 66 closely followed by Lin Harbutt with 67. Penny Entecott had an amazing eagle three on the par-five 18th.

Results: Silver div winner Lynn Miller 142 cb, 2 June Salt, 3 Sue Crossen 145, 4 Nicki Vincent 152. Bronze A - 1 Sally Cameron 149 cb, 2 Barbara Trenchard, 3 Angela Chandler. Bronze B - 1 Brigitte Paul 151 cb, 2 Davina Rumsby, 3 Margaret Delves. Bronze C: 1 Carmel Du Plessis152, 2 Suzanne Burns 161, 3 Pat Fitzgerald 162.

Bognor’s Captain’s Day attracted well over 140 members. Simon Watts, club captain for 2015, chose The Samaritans as his charity for the year.

As usual the bar and catering staff were kept very busy at the gazebo and all players were treated to a barbecue.

After early rain, the sun finally appeared and the airflow golf provided a great distraction and the nonsense heard about swing speed, tee height, club choice, wind direction and other factors was a sheer delight. Longest airflow drive was achieved by Kevin Holland while a mighty knock from Lynn Miller secured her the ladies prize.

In the day’s competition, John Hartnett scooped the over-65s’ award, Paul Oliver was best scratch man on the day and in-form Lynn Miller won the ladies’ prize ahead of Nicki Vincent, who nicked second from Sian Southerton on countback.

In the men’s event, a three-way tie on 43 saw Dave Wood just miss out as Jason Wickham took third and Chris Hickling secured second on countback. Overall winner by a distance was Willie Dunn, whose 47 was out of sight.

Raffle proceeds went to The Samaritans.

Matt Kirby, Bognor’s professional, kindly co-sponsored the ladies’ nearest-the-pin and Heather Tidy and Sian Southerton now have appointments to sharpen up their games. Richard Longhurst grabbed the 15th nearest-the-pin and some great shots saw Billy Darby carry off two prizes.

It was a wonderful event for Watts and he thanked all for turning out and helping. A staggering £1,500 was raised for The Samaritans.

Bognor seniors hosted Corhampton on a beautiful summer’s day. The game switched from end to end and ended in an honourable 4-4 draw, though Mike Oates and John Owen threw away a three-hole advantage over the last four holes to halve their match.

Results: Allan Delves & Gary Steventon won 2 up over Micky Barber & Chris Richards, Joe Flanagan & Barry Ingate lost 2 down to Denny Carter & Trevor Tollervey, Mike Oates & John Owen halved with Vic Ettie & Roger Wildig, Jim catt & Richard Kaemena halved with Alan Harden & Bob Reeder, Alastair MacDonald & Vic Ward lost 1 down to John McStavick & Rex Carter, Brian Madgwick & Clive Millett lost 2&1 to Bob Dunckley & Glyn Walker, Paul Cooper & David Turner won 1 up over Ray Crump & Tony Hall, Roger Selway & Andy Isitt won 3&2 over Barry Painter & Norman Short.

Bognor seniors held their annual team event, kindly organised by David Turner once again. An excellent 64 players played in windy conditions. There were some magnificent scores considering the conditions.

Results: 1 Malcolm Dodds, Barry Forey ,Derek Whiting, Mike White 130pts; 2 Andy Isitt Ken Catt, Ernest Bridger, Jim Catt 129; 3 Trevor Till, Mike Wadley, Chris Hickling, Richard Hedge 127.


Cowdray Park’s Monthly Medal provided mixed fortunes for players in the three divisions.

In division one, nine players scored par or better; in two, five achieved the feat, while in division three, only two managed it.

Former captain Sean Gallagher won division one with 66, on countback from Kevin Raishbrook, while Phil Harrison showed a welcome return to form recording 69.

In division two, Roger Howard took pride of place with 67, from Scott Evans with 68. Close behind came Ken Marjoram and Dave Fowler.

And in division three, Andrew Pay matched Sean Gallagher’s score of 66, and had his handicap reduced by three while Steve Hathaway was the only other player to beat par, with 68.

Leading scores: D1: 66 cb Sean Gallagher, Kevin Raishbrook; 68cb Steve White, Mark Howes; 69cb Hamish Reid,Guy Goodens, Phil Harrison; 70cb Trevor Challen, Chris Cummins. D2: 67 Roger Howard; 68cb Scott Evans, Ken Marjoram; 69 cb Dave Fowler, Dave King. D3: 66 Andrew Pay; 68 Steve Hathaway.

Cowdray Park seniors faced the West Surrey Sages in a return fixture, with the Sages having won the home tie 5-3. This time Cowdray prevailed 5.5-2.5 with home advantage.

The lead tie was again closely contested with seniors’ captain Sam Howes and John Doran battling well for a half, before vice-captain Derek Smith and Mike Cardiff enjoyed a stunning 6&4 win.

Ken Marjoram and Phil Harrison fought to win 3&1 and a similar margin was achieved by Paul One and Graham Evans before the Sages recorded their first win.

David Heard and Brian Brockhurst and Mike Hughes and Rob Doney both won 2&1 to complete the Cowdray win.

Results (Cowdray names first): Sam Howes & John Doran halved with Clive Hoare & David Rogers; Derek Smith & Mike Cardiff beat Robert Secrett & Derek Pitt 6&4; Ken Marjoram & Phil Harrison beat Mark Ross & Kevin Dent 3&1; Paul Owen & Graham Evans beat Alan Wilkinson & Sandy Meadow 3&1; Ian Heustice & Bill Brownlee lost to Martin Dennison & Tony Robinson 2&1; Pat Harrison & John Smith lost to Mike Harrison & David Taylor 2&1; David Heard & Brian Brockhurst beat Terry Smith & Dave Ayling 2&1; Mike Hughes & Rob Doney beat Dave Little & Terry Tidbury 2&1.

Cowdray seniors seem to have developed an affinity for Pyecombe, having won various team and individual open tournaments at the hilly course, while winning fiive out of eight inter-club matches there in recent years as well as all their home games against the same opponents.

Cowdray’s very proud match manager during this period has been Roy Penrose and he teamed up with Ken Marjoram for a narrow two-up win.

Seniors’ vice-captain Derek Smith paired up with Brian Brockhurst for a 3&2 win before David Tilley and George Crouch won one up.

The success continued courtesy of John Doran and seniors’ captain Sam Howes, who won 4&2, and David Heard and Chris Hoare won 6&5 and Nick Austin and Howard Morley won 3&1 to make it 6-1 before the home side reduced the arrears.

Results: Roy Penrose & Ken Marjoram beat Geoff Webb & Nigel Gregg 2up; Derek Smith & Brian Brockhurst beat Chris Muschamp & Richard Cottell 3&2; David Tilley & George Crouch beat Ian Hawes & Peter Johnstone 1up; John Doran & Sam Howes beat Maurice Woolgar & Alf Bickham 4&3; Peter Laws & Mike Cardiff lost to Peter Moore & Brian Chassier 6&5; David Heard & Chris Hoare beat Ted Whitbourn & David Brown 6&5; Nick Austin & Howard Morley beat Aubrey Watson & Peter Ferns 3&1; Terry Adsett & Maurice Watts lost to Tom Oliver & David Taylor 4&2.

Cowdray seniors made the short journey to face neighbours Petersfield on a sunny day and the Petersfield greens were quick.

The score of 7.5-0.5 to the hosts does not tell the whole story, as two matches were lost by one down and three by 2&1.

The reliable pair of Richard Histed and Pat Bonner were the only Cowdray pair to avoid defeat.

Results: Gary Strowbridge & Mike Cardiff lost to Marshall Smith & John King 5&4; George Crouch & Rodney Fisher lost to Jim Ballantyne & John Spiers 1dn; David Manning & Barry Overington lost to Jim Lutener & Alan Patrick 1dn; Roger Poat & David Finn lost to Dave Dunginson & John Dunmail 2&1; Graham Evans & Trevor Edwards lost to Colin Stevenson & Hugh Rosewarne 2&1; Richard Histed & Pat Bonner halved with Peter Marchant & Arthur Kerrison ; Frank Cheevers & John Sanderson lost to Rob Mitchell & Charlie Martin 4&2; Mike King & Chris Hoare lost to Guy Warner & Peter Ellem 2&1.

Cowdray ladies competed in the Bowyers Cup and Stowers Cup on a day of changeable weather. The Bowyers Cup is a scratch competition for silver division players. The winner with a score of 87 was Sue Brown and the runner-up was Jill Parry with 89.

The Stowers Cup for bronze players was closely contested with Brenda Rees winning on 97 followed by Mary Bainbridge with 99.

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