Russell romps home to tee-up PAVIT final clash for Illsley’s boys with Sedlescombe

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The Royal progressed to the final of the PAVIT Plate with an emphatic 7 1/2-4 1/2 win against Pyecombe.

Played at Crowborough Beacon in near-perfect conditions, team manager Barry Illsley selected the best side the club has been able to raise for many years.

The team comprised of Hamish Houston, Matt Wilson, Phil Belfield, Tom Breach, Alex Piper, Nick Ward, Richard Hine and Sam Russell.

The morning foursomes, often the key to the whole match, saw the teams lunch all square. However, the pairings of Sam Russell and Alex Piper needed to win three of the final 18 holes to get home 1 up, while Matt Wilson and Phil Belfield recovered from losing the first three holes to get home 2 & 1.

Tom Breach and Richard Hine narrowly lost 2&1 and Hamish Houston and Nick Ward’s 3&2 loss left both sides with it all to do in the singles. A further 4 1/2 points being the requirement for either side to progress to the final.

At the outset, the pendulum swung in favour of Pyecombe, Hamish Houston lost on the 18th to a very experienced Richie Farmer and Matt Wilson, having a rare off day, also went down.

The results gave Illsey some anxious moments but Phil Belfield romped home 4&3.

Tom Breach halved his game and wins by Alex Piper by 3&2, Nick Ward, also 3&2 and Richard Hine by the narrowest of margins, just 1 up, left anchor-man Sam Russell to romp home 5&4 and seal victory. They will face Sedlescombe on September 8 at Eastbourne Downs.

Captains’ Charity Day: Club Captain, Jerry Cowell, and Wendy Goodman, ladies’ captain, were delighted at the results of this major event in their year.

The real winners were the sponsored charities, “Eastbourne RNLI New lifeboat appeal”, and the “Eastbourne Branch of Parkinsons UK”, with a grand total of £5,000 plus being raised.

Winning teams: 1st Grosvenor Park Hackers. Nick Feeney, Andy Hobden, Ben Beal and Rob Gietzen.2nd Andamajo. John & Margaret Thornton, Anne & David Moon.3rd Ayling & Abbeting. Colin, Peter, Chris and David Ayling.4th SMGA Captain’s Team. Michael Politt, Yonky Winchester, Trevor Brown and Stephen Grint. 5th The Improbaballs.Bob & Carol Conrad & Davis & Polly Stone-Lee.

Ladies’ Bovill Trophy: Dorothy McDonald, with a combined net score of 148 over the 36-hole medal competition, played over two days, was the winner.

Second, with a net 150 was Selima Hopkins, who also won the prize for the best net score on day two with a net 73. Bette Bailey was the winner of best score on day one with a net 74.

Horniblow Cup: This 36-hole, two day event, attracted a large entry of hopefuls. Two rounds of net 68,136 total were produced by John Chamberlen and placed him in the winners enclosure. Simon Ward was two strokes behind with rounds of 68 and 70.

Jack’s the lad

Junior Stableford: Jack Giddins, son of Beauport Park pro, Charles, has obviously inherited the right golfing genes, scoring no less than 46 Stableford points to top score by the proverbial country mile.