Last hole agony for Willingdon in PAVIT Plate

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It’s been a busy time for Willingdon Golf Club as they participated in the PAViT Plate Knock-Out competition and also hosted their Captain’s weekend.

Willingdon sent a new-look scratch team to East Sussex for their first round match in the tournament after the resignation of captain Mark Wootton.

The experienced Rob Hampson stepped up to take his place and picked juniors Ben Jones and Calvin Jarvis to make their debut for the club, as well as new member Oli Hayes.

Hampson, Marcos Varela, James Redmond, Andy Theo and Louis Whitmore completed the Willingdon team.

After the morning foresomes, Willingdon were disappointed to be trailing 2.5 – 1.5 as two matches were halved after losing the 18th hole. In the afternoon singles matches, Jones won 7&6 and Jarvis beat county player Steve Graham to earn Willingdon two points to take them into the lead.

Following a win from Hampson and a half point from Varela, Willingdon needed just one more point to win. However, Theo lost the final match on the last hole to deny Willingdon the taste of victory.

Captain Hampson said, “It was a very close match and one that we really should have won.

“It was a good performance by the team, there was spirit and passion shown by all of the players.”

Red-hot Reed

John Payne held his Captain’s Day events last weekend, despite the blustery conditions.

Paul Reed was the overall winner of the day, scooping the Captain’s prize with 40 points, playing off a handicap of 14.

The best scratch score of the day went to Tom Foreman with a gross of 68, while the best Past Captain’s score was won by Norman Beany with 33 points off a handicap of 11. Calvin Jarvis notched the best junior score with 35 points.

David Harrington came first in the 1-15 handicaps category with 40 points off a handicap of 4 and Geoff Roberts led the 16-28 handicap category with 38 points from a handicap 16.

Charles Goodall, Laurie Stedman, Tom Foreman, Garry Jarvis and Kevin Redmond all won ‘nearest the pin’ prizes, while the longest drive of the day went to Marcos Varela in the 1-15 handicap group and Andy Mcphee in the 16-28 handicap groups on the 8th and 9th respectively.

On June 9, the Captain hosted the mixed competition, which was a Greensomes Stableford format, in reasonable weather conditions.

The overall winners were Rowena and Colin Bromwich with 47 points.

The ‘nearest the pin’ award for the ladies was won on the 7th by Carmel Hartley and on the 17th for the gentlemen by Mark Downey.

Over 150 members enjoyed the weekend’s events, with the raffle draw raising over £1,000 for PCaSO Prostrate Cancer Network and over £1,400 for his Captain’s Project for the Club.

Ben and Dean lose on final green

Five Willingdon players entered into the Sussex Amateur Championship held at Cooden Beach Golf Club last weekend.

The handicap ranged for 4 to +3 in a field of 72 players, all of whom competed in a 36-hole qualifier on the first day.

The leading 16, which included Ben Jones and Dean Plant, made it through to the match play knock out stages.

Despite gale force wind, Ben and Dean did well against Sussex County players, both just losing on the last green.

The winner in Sunday afternoon’s final was teenager Ali Dalgliesh from Haywards Heath Golf Cub, who beat Steve Graham from East Sussex National One.

Bay View Golf Club enjoyed a double celebration as they joined their June Monthly Medal competition with the formal opening of a redesigned second hole. A new tee has been built on the second and, with a dogleg introduced, it has now gone from 153 to 218 yards.

In the medal competition, Mark Jarvis, on net 58, edged the victory over Bob Langridge, also on net 58, on countback. Ron Collins finished third on just one stroke behind while Les Dervish recorded the best gross score of the day with 69. Countback also had to be employed in a parallel strokeplay competition over just a single round as John Rogers and Chris Metcalfe both carded a net 34.

Rogers emerged the eventual winner, with Brian Edwards scooping the prize for ‘nearest the pin’ on the short fourth hole.