A single point wins the Willingdon professionals’ day

The Willingdon pro shop team of Ally Mellor, James Redmond, Dave Gellatly and Richard Hine welcomed the players and treated them to a halfway house and some excellent prizes in the prizegiving afterwards.

The winning team comprised Grant Worman, Brian Field, Chris Rose and Nick Pavey who had 85 points. One point back were Brian Watkinson, Ian Fletcher Dave Harmer and Steve Hamley and in third spot were Kevin Redmond, James Redmond, Kyle Gaster and Calvin Jarvis with 83 points winning on the back 9.

Nearest the pins: 5 – Brian Hepburn, 7 – James Gietzen, 10 – Brian Ashman and 17 – Martin Cole. Tom Foreman won the prize for the longest drive on the first.

Willingdon Seniors trip to East Brighton resulted in a 5-1/2 to 2- 1/2 loss.

Captain Malcolm Rolfe and his partner Sean O’Neil went down 5/4 in the opening match. Colin Wood and John Creamer finished 1 up although Keiron Packham and Mike Rham won 1 up. Bob Murdock and Chris Misscampbell halved their match while Nigel Holland and Hugh Ball lost 3/2. Chris Trott and Mike William suffered a 6/5 defeat as did Brian Ellam and Roy Schofield. Rodger Savage and Rodger Brookwell lost 4/2. A better result for the seniors was achieved at home against Dale Hill winning five matches, losing two and halving one.

Malcolm Rolfe and Barry Alford won 3/2. Dave Harmer and Royston Price won 1 up and Norman Beaney and Mike Hartley won 5/4 while Tony Kervin and Kelvin Hoskins enjoyed a 3/1 win.

Gross 67 for Louis in Plummer

The Plummer Trophy, a strokeplay competition for handicaps of 9 and below, was won by Louis Whitmore with a gross 67, net 62.

Runner-up was Dean Plant with a gross 67, net 67 and in third spot, Rob Hampson with a gross 69, net 68. The Lochnell Campbell Cup for handicaps of 10 and above was won by Neil Pysden with a gross 82, net 66. In second spot was Robert Powell, with a gross 78, net 68 and in third place, Danny Venner with a gross 81, net 69. The Lovell Willman mixed foursomes stableford competition was won by David Harmer and Mrs. Jane Price with 35 points. This was on a countback from Alan and Annie Huggett also with 35 points. In third spot were John Heald and Mrs. Margaret Heald with 34 points.

On Tuesday 55 ladies played in the annual Autumn Meeting 18-hole Medal and an eight-hole 4-ball-better-ball. The overall winner in the morning was Mary Scott with gross 80 net 71 while, in silver division, all four winners had a net 74. Winning positions: 1st Val Seal, 2nd Jane Roberts, 3rd Rachel Sellence, 4th Rowena Bromwich. Bronze A: 1st Marie Hunt net 77, 2nd Carol Woods net 77, 3rd Sandy Gasston net 78, 4th Gerry Whalley net 78, Bronze B: 1st judith Pike net 73, 2nd Carmel Hartley net 76, 3rd Carol Williams net 80, 4th Pauline Beddard net 81. The afternoon competition results ended with the three pairs all scoring 19 points. On count back: 1st Val Seal & Gerry Whalley, 2nd Kim Hepburn & Sandy Gasston, 3rd Rachel Sellence & Sandra Hendrie.

Daily Mail joy for Val and Rowena

On Sunday, Willingdon ladies played the first round of the Daily Mail Foursomes to decide who will represent the ladies section in the next round. The pair that won with 37 points were Val Seal and Rowena Bromwich

Meanwhile, Willingdon held the Frazer Cup last Friday where local Sussex teams compete for one of its oldest trophies.

The day comprised of teams of six, playing foursomes in the morning and individual stableford in the afternoon. Two out of three morning scores count and 5 out of 6 afternoon scores. The overall winners were from Eastbourne Golfing Park, who scored 215 points. The winning team were Steve Gilder, Tye Townsend, Phil Quelch, Jack Prosser, Nassor Negabahn and Chris Haynes.

Runners-up with 210 points were the Willingdon team of Des Brockwell, Brian Ashman, Derek Head, Ken Penfold, Terry Norwood and Peter Lindop.

In third spot were Beauport Park with 209 points. Their team comprised of Dylan Williams, Jack Baker, Matt Strevett, Kim Baker, Gary Begdie and Andy Hull. The best pairs morning score of 35 points was won by Terry Norwood and Peter Lindop and the best individual afternoon score of 39 points went to Brent Hall of East Brighton Golf Club.

Teresa takes the trophy

The ladies of Royal Eastbourne had glorious sunshine for their recent two-day Autumn Meeting. The Day One Silver Division winner of the Gardner Cup Scratch Trophy was Teresa Ward with gross 80 net 75. The Jubilee Cup Handicap Trophy was won by Penny Valentine with gross 92 net 74. Second was Sharon Taylor gross 90 net 74. The Bronze Division Centenary Cup winner with the lowest gross score of 93 was Sue Davies. Sue also won the Exton Smith Cup Handicap Trophy with net 67. The runner-up was Kris Powley net 73.

Dorothy McDonald and Carol Mason had the top score of 35 points in the day two foursomes and won the Eve Baker Cups. Ladies’ Captain, Wendy Goodman and partner Christine Cunliffe had to settle for second place after countback. The Hartington Course Autumn Cup winner was Ivy Whittaker.