Andrew and Bill claim top prize in Cyril Thompson

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One of the most anticpated competitions in the Royal Eastbourne golfing calender took place last weekend.

The Cyril Thompson Trophy was won by Andrew Lawrence and Bill Harford with a total of 44 stableford points.

In second place was Cliff Hirchfield and Alan G Smith on 42 points while Darren Moon and David Jeffrey (snr) came third. In fourth place on 42 points were Toby Anderson and David Morris.

Players are listed as high and low handicaps and names drawn from each list to decide pairings.

Pairs are then auctioned, players being entitled to purchase themselves or a portion of any other bid made for them. Prizes depend on the total proceeds, of which part goes to the Captains’ Charities; this year £622 was raised.

A shot-gun start saw the players walking to their drawn tees to await the 8.30am klaxon.

In the auction, winners Andrew Lawrence and Bill Harford were bought by Sean Welch, who therefore took the £747 top prize!

Cliff Hirchfield and Alan G Smith shared shared £498. while Sean Welch cashed in again when his purchase of Darren Moon and David Jeffrey (snr.) saw him pocket their £373. Toby Anderson and David Morris shared £249.

Sean Welch, on behalf of all the players, thanked the Captain, Jerry Cowell for presenting the prizes to the winners and buyers.

He also thanked everyone concerned for their contributions to a truly enjoyable event.

Cyril Thompson was the pro at the Royal for more than 50 years. He was a most accomplished golfer and remebered as a great teacher.

Mottershead magic

The annual summer matchplay trophy at Bay View Golf Club has been retained by Chris Mottershead after the tightest of finals.

In the earlier rounds, Chris had overcome the delays and disappointments of a summer of rain to dispose of Eve Wenham, Bob Langridge and Roger Sherwood.

His opponent in the final was Tony Morris – who eventually succumbed at the nineteenth hole. Bay View members also competed this week in an eighteen-hole Stableford event for the Clive Winter Cup, named after the club manager.

The winner was Elsie Reeves, with 40 points. Runner-up on countback was Mark Jarvis, one point behind, with third place going to Les Dervish, also 39.

Downs ‘pristine’ for Pavit finals

The Eastbourne Downs had a busy weekend as they hosted the Sussex County Golf Scratch Pav-IT Trophy & Plate.

On the Saturday in Glorious weather and with the course looking at its pristine best, Worthing were the Trophy winners with a staggering 12-0 defeat of Copthorne G.C. Despite the huge win there was some fine golf from both sides.

Royal Eastbourne took the Plate with a much closer encounter against a spirited Seddlescombe G.C.

On the Sunday, a well-supported Captain’s Charity Shotgun took place which was followed by a Brunch and Fun Auction which raised over £900 before the meal was finished.

Monday saw the Club Host the Sussex County Ladies Inter Club Finals.

Despite the weather not being quite as calm as the rest of the weekend, some fine golf was played throughout the day and the winning clubs were:

Div 1: Ham Manor, Div 2: Sweetwoods Park, Div 3: West Chiltington Div 4: Holtye

John Boniface, the club captain said, “It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase our course and facilities.

“We were proud that the club had been asked to put on the prestigious County events, which was an honour.

“Thanks to all the club officials, caterers and greens staff for their hard work in delivering the events in such fine style.”