Sussex v Hampshire at The Dyke


Perfect weather greeted both teams on our arrival at the Dyke Golf Club. The course was in superb condition played at the right time prior to the rough getting severe. After the initial welcome by Dyke Captain Mervin Allinson, the two Captains announced the day’s pairings, this was followed by a ploughmans lunch. After 2 narrow defeats in our previous fixtures both going to the last match Brian was hoping for a better result.

Match 1 – Sussex Captain Brian Street paired with Dyke Captain, Mervin Allinson against Hampshire Captain Brian Mortimer and President Tony Hoskins. Against a very strong pairing Sussex ended the front nine 4 down with a mountain to climb. But with great determination and Mervin’s new putter, Sussex got to 2 down with 3 to go. Brian then claimed holes 16 and 18 to gain a hard fought half.

Match 2 – Mike Rham and Mike Davis. Nip and tuck all the way never more than 2 holes separating the teams. Sussex eventually succumbed to lose by 2 & 1.

Match 3 – Ken Penfold alongside David Sinden. Ken producing some outstanding golf (apart from losing 2 balls) – he is only human. Hampshire soon became demoralized with the Sussex pair running out victorious by 

6 & 4.

Match 4 – Norman Milburn and Richard McArthur. Sussex described the Hampshire pairing as superb company. This was a very close match but eventually Sussex held their nerve to the end winning 1 up.

Match 5 – Tim Ingram and partner Simon Watts. The Hampshire duo came out of the blocks very fast leading by 4 after 5 holes. Things were now looking grim for our boys, but Sussex began to find their game and managed to take the match to the 16th, conceding that the opposition were just too good on the day a loss by 3 & 2.

Match 6 – Peter Rodger with David Noble. With Hampshire losing a player to illness, Dennis Baker from West Hove kindly stood in for Hants, the match was played in great spirit. Peter played his normal solid game, allied with David’s knowledge of the course as a former Dyke member proved too much for the new pairing - Sussex victory by 4 & 3.

Match 7 – David Wilkins alongside John Forster. Dave somewhat jet lagged from his long journey home from the Dorset match the previous day, our boys started with 4 pars only to find themselves 4 down. With gloom descending on Sussex they battled on but to little effect, declaring the Hampshire lads great company but better golfers on the day losing 7 & 5.

Match 8 – Des Malcolm and Reg Auchterlonie, evergreen Reg taking new boy Des under his wing and demonstrating the finer points of the game. The Hampshire pair giving as good as they got and apparently telling some bad jokes on the way - a good win for Sussex by 3 & 2.

Match 9 – John Benoy partnered by Stevie Tigg – John another evergreen stalwart. John started by parring the 1st 2 holes, but Hampshire moved up a gear to be 4 up by the turn. This inspired another Sussex fight back with our lads slowly clawing holes back to finally win on the 18th – 1 up.

Match 10 – Graham Ward and Richard Bevan. Captain Brian, sitting in the club house with baited breath, the 3rd fixture in a row going down to the last pairing - a very even contest eventually resulting in a half.

Match Result – Sussex 5 – Hampshire 5

A great day with the Dyke providing a superb evening meal, Sussex as is our custom supplied the win for the tables.

A big thank you to Dyke Captain, Mervin Allinson, who kindly provided a bottle of water for all the players to take onto the course, then put a bottle of port on every table in the evening (he can come again!)

The Captains complimented the Dyke Golf Club for the wonderful hospitality and hoped to return soon.

Brian Street



Dorset v Sussex at Rushmore

It was a bright Summer’s morning as our intrepid band of 16 Sussex Captains travelled deep into the West country in pursuit of their quest for the Holy Grail; an away win against Dorset.

The venue was the parkland of an old country house, which is split between Sandroyd (a public school) and Rushmore Golf Club. It has two notable features – firstly it has 9 holes in Dorset and 9 in Wiltshire, the latter having no bunkers as they were not allowed! Secondly it has about a one-mile drive from the entrance to the actual Clubhouse.

The tie this year also pitted the author of this epistle against his father-in-law; a contest that saw no quarter asked or given. Indeed, the friendly hospitality of lunch was quickly replaced across both teams, by a steely determination to win at all costs.


So it was that we were led off by Captain Brian Street and his able confederate, Roland Heath, who had stepped in for the poorly Tarzipan (alias Peter Ward). Sussex quickly gained the upper hand to lead by 2 at halfway. There was nothing between them on the back holes until the 17th when Sussex again took the lead only to be pegged back at the last for honours to be shared.


Match 2 saw the eagerly awaited confrontation between Keith Talbot and his father-in-law Ken Grout with two Nigels selected to play the actual golf. Things did not start well for the Sussex lads as they lost the first two holes but a birdie, then par from Keith levelled matters at the 5th. Ken then made good use of his shots and his partner Nigel, good use of his course knowledge to forge ahead again, resulting in them being 2 up with 3 to play. Nigel Powell had virtually played on his own since the turn, so it was something of a surprise when Keith birdied the 16th to reduce the arrears. Nigel then capped off his fine performance with a glorious birdie at the last to ensure a halved match and family pride intact on both sides. 


The 3rd game featured ex-President Norman Milburn and his long-suffering accomplice, David Schwartz. Their sketchy account of the round suggested an even contest where apparently, a drive of 180 yards was the best achieved by anyone! Such dubious quality golf was somewhat bettered by the enjoyment had by all and the sharing of the spoils was well merited.


Next, the engine room of the team saw Jerry Hibbs & Dave Wilkins in harness against a very tough uncompromising Dorset pairing. Described as “nip and tuck” throughout the contest, our valiant pair narrowly lost to the final putt on the 18th green another fine match played in great spirit – just the wrong result.


Fifth up were Phil Burley and Tom Pether who came up against two “in form” Dorset players. Apparently, Sussex came a distant second as the home side ran out worthy winners 4&3.


Onto the 6th match, which saw those great old Sussex stalwarts Harold Knight and John Boniface pitched against long-hitting opposition. Remaining unfazed by Dorset’s ball disappearing into the distance (indeed Harold was heard to say it looked like Sussex were hitting wedges by comparison), our heroes triumphed by 2&1 to herald our first success of the day.


So to the 7th game, where Sussex had craftily placed our powerhouse pairing of Dave Harmer and John Kinnear. Dorset were stunned when John chipped in from the trees for an opening four, not suspecting it was all part of their masterplan. They followed this by Dave having a birdie on the 4th and John doing likewise on the 5th. Clearly moving from Wiltshire to Dorset suited our canny pair. The bemused Dorset chaps never recovered from these exploits and our dynamic duo coasted to a 3&1 victory.


Everything was now resting on the final match. Representing Sussex was Nigel Wates and Peter Snook, the latter a Dorset man by birth so back in familiar surroundings. However, this advantage could not offset the large number of shots partner Nigel had to concede to the home pair so despite a brave effort, Dorset won the game 2&1.


Thus, the quest went unfulfilled for another year although 4½ to 3½ suggests we are getting closer. The post-match fare was excellent and so, after thankfully short speeches, we set off to try to find the way home.


Keith Talbot

Professional’s Day at Copthorne

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Joint Winning Professional’s Luke Bangerter & Peter Tarver Jones 

with SGC Captain, Brian Street (R)

Copthorne Golf Club was presented in excellent condition for Professional’s Day and a fine warm day greeted the 36 teams competing.

Joint Winning Professional’s with 70 were Luke Bangerter from Nevill Golf Club and Peter Tarver Jones from the Challenge Tour.  Joint third with 72 were Andy Hailes from Mannings Heath and Wayne Hawes Formally from Littlehampton Golf Club.

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L to R Calum Callan, Nigel Powell, Trevor Pigram, Terry Vanhinsbergh and 

SGC Captain Brian Street

The team prize winners were Cottesmore with 124 -20 under par comprising of Professional, Callum Callan, Club Captain, Trevor Pigram, Terry Vanhinsbergh and Nigel Powell.

Second with 126 were Copthorne Team of Pro, Marcus Groombridge, Bob Walker, John Pyne and Clive Dench.

Third were another Copthorne team featuring Pro, Joe Burrell, Club Captain, Paul Delaney, Darren Bagnall and Paul Oliver who carded 132 beating off 2 other teams with 132 (Littlehampton and HIghwoods with a back 9 64)

As always the catering was first class and thanks go to Lucy and her team for a marvellous buffet

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Special thanks must go to our starters, John Benoy and Bob Edwards and to Copthorne Golf Club for providing an superb golf course and a warm welcome.

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