Three clubs are enough for Lesley

Royal Eastbourne Ladies played their traditional three club Stableford match on Tuesday.

With just two clubs and a putter allowed, Lesley Houston managed to score a very creditable 32 points to take first place.

Second, after countback, was Lesley Fairhall with 31 points, third place going to Linda Liddell also with 31 points.

No less than nine other ladies all scored 30 points after a challenging but enjoyable game.

Barry’s boys on a roll

Mail On Sunday: The first round was decided by a toss of the coin, frost putting the main greens out of play, and the Royal into Round two.

This saw the Royal again as the home side, hosting East Brighton. Barry Illsley’s first match manager’s outing saw an emphatic 5-0 score line to his team.

Rob Bain led off and his renowned short game gave him a 2& 1 win over Jason Reid. Adam Blackburn got home 1 up against Ian Halstead and Alex Piper, who is hitting the ball colossal distances, sealed East Brighton’s fate with his 3&1 win against Nigel James. The icing on the cake was Phil Belfield’s 2&1 win v Peter Collins, plus anchorman, Matt Wilson’s 7&5 demolition of Jason Chandler. All this must bode well for the Pavit Trophy later in the year.

Round five of the winter four ball saw Barry Illsley and Phil Howell notch up 45 Stableford points, one better than Matt Bell and Matt Wilson.

Mike Wooller and Clive Oughton were a point further back. With one round to go, the best four of the six counting, Phil Belfield and Adam Blackburn lead with 178, closely followed by Matt Wilson and Matt Bell on 177. Norman Cooper and John Harmer lie third.