Downs quartet take the Dubai honours

Eastbourne Downs seniors
Eastbourne Downs seniors

Eastbourne Downs’ golfers Ray Caille, Peter Hanratty, Bob Brett and Bill Southwell took the honours in the Dubai format of the Seniors Captain’s Day.

On Wednesday 16 teams of four golfers gathered and the competition was played to the Dubai format with the best two scores counting at holes 1 – 6, the best three scores at holes 7 – 12 and all four scores at holes 13 – 18.

In addition the players had to play a yellow ball in turn throughout the round for which double points were available for the team score.

The secret of a really good team score lay in not losing the yellow ball.

This proved tricky for many in the rather windy conditions and there were many hard luck stories around the lunch table afterwards.

In a very close contest winners on 148 points were Ray Caille, Peter Hanratty, Bob Brett & Bill Southwell.

Second on 147 points were Tony Lewis, Derek Westgate, Dennis Young & Dave Inch with Noel Traynor, Bernard Russell, Ollie Cater and John Noel-Smith coming third with 146 points.

Individual prizes went to Bernard Russell on 39 points with Roger Gearing, with the better back nine, edging out Colin Heywood for second place; both having scored 36 points. In presenting the prizes the Seniors Captain, David Bell, welcomed Roger Geering, Club Vice Captain, to his first Seniors Section event although he noted that the advancing years appear to have taken distance of his shots as he took three to reach the green on the short par 3, 12th.

Following the golf everyone enjoyed the superb lunch served up by Paula and her catering team.

Eastbourne Downs Golf Club is a very friendly and welcoming club with a particularly active Seniors Section. New members and visitors are always welcome; whether to play golf or enjoy excellent food and the wonderful views.