Narrow PAVIT defeat see Royal drop into plate competition

In the PAVIT Trophy Royal Eastbourne team boss Barry Illsley’s men suffered a narrow defeat at Chartham Park.

They lost 6 1/2 –5 1/2. Wins by Tom Breach and Richard Hine, Matt Wilson and Phil Belfield left things hanging in the balance with the Royal needing to win four of the eight singles, a 6-6 tie would have given the Royal a passage through to the next round. Sadly it was not to be and wins by Nick Ward and Richard Hine and a half from Steve Clarke will see the Royal drop into the plate competition.

Royal Eastbourne recorded a comfortable 4-0 victory at home against Hollingbury in the Cyril Blake Trophy.

In driving wind Frank Horner and Les Edwards got home 4&2, John Bateman and Tom Hobson won on the 18th. Team captain Colin Taylor and Doug Brown scored a 2&1 win, and Robin Hawgood got home 3& 2 with Alan G Smith. Round two is another home draw, this time against Hill Barn on May 14.

Meanwhile The Royal will host the 41st Eastbourne Corporation Cup on August 19.

Seaside Garage is sponsoring the event,which, for the first time, has been opened up to all Sussex clubs-a sizeable entry is anticipated.

The winner will be presented with the prestigious trophy plus a voucher to the value of £150.Players with handicaps up to 10 will be accepted, if the event is oversubscribed, priority will be given to lower handicap players. There will be are prizes for the best net scores. Application forms will be distributed to club secretaries and will be available from the Royal Eastbourne Golf Club Secretary, email telephone 01323 729738