Sussex v Hampshire at Piltdown 2019

Phil & Shane Piltdown

              Phil Williamson (Sussex) & Shane Dickson (Hampshire)


After arrival on a cloudy day, lunch was served, followed by normal team introductions by skipper Phil and the Hampshire Captain Shane Dickson. Just as we started to get ready to play the rain started and never stopped all afternoon. Rather a spoiler for such a friendly encounter.

Match 1. - As always Sussex were led out by Captain Phil Williamson and Trevor Burgess (immediate Past Captain of Piltdown ). Nip and tuck for 7 holes but 1 up. Then the home pair accelerated to 5 up, mainly because the Hants boys struggled in the heather. Eventual score was 4&2 to Sussex.


Match 2. - Had ever reliable Nigel Wates and Bob Walker in a buggy (rather handy for Nigel) Apparently, they stopped after 8 holes to recount the scores as they were not sure if they were 4, 5 or 6 up (now who's showing off ), promptly lost the next 2 holes but ran out winners 5&4.


Match 3. - Vice Captain, Keith Talbot and Richard Jays had a very even match to start but went to 3 down at the turn. Fight back began to all square, only to lose the last and the match 1 down. Amusing quote from the Hants pair:- Martin Bennett described his partner's (Brian Mortimer) 2 on the 7th as "not bad for two miss hits!".  Lost 1 down.


Match 4. - Immediate Past President, Neil Smith, and "Santa" Wilkins ran away on the front 9 to get to 5up, a fight back ensued but the heather defeated the opposition for our two to run out 3&2 winners.


Match 5. - The Eastbourne boys, or large and small, Joe Angella and Harold "Gladys" Knight had a close match, thanks to "Gladys" picking up his ball when he had a putt to win the hole.  "Good company although sometimes lacking in sympathy" was Joe's quote. Sussex win 2&1.


Match 6. - Secretary, Mark Terry, and Terry Vanhinsbergh were under the cosh from the start being 3 down after 4, this despite Terry V. paring holes. By the turn the rain got the better of Mark and he retired "wet ".  Terry V. battled on but lost in the end 6&5.


Match 7. - The comment from our pair of Tony Philippou and John Featherstone was :- " Weather appalling like our golf - more truthfully mine". Not sure which one wrote that! In the end ran out losers 2&1.


Match 8. - Introduced by Phil as his bankers - but more like ...kers was the comment from Ian (Harry) Potter. He and Chris Adamson got to the turn only 1 down, despite Paul Martell being only 3 over at that stage. The back 9 got to Ian and Chris as several 3 putts each crept into play. Fighting back from 3 down Sussex looked to be winning the 17th  (to go 1 down) but the afore mentioned Paul sank a 20ft putt to halve the hole and clinch a 2&1 win for Hampshire.


Match 9. - Reg Cork and Eric Hardwick also commented "lousy weather" but great company. Eric also mentioned that Reg smiled all the time even when missing a 3ft putt for a birdie. Not much else to say probably explaining a 3&2 loss.


Match 10. - John Maynard and Peter Rodger (a substitute that morning) had a very enjoyable game despite some industrial language. One of our pair (no name mentioned) played out of his skin to enable a Sussex win 4&3.




The post match dinner was a very generous lamb shank followed by a choice of sweets (including cheese and biscuits luckily for me). Dinner was followed by traditional speeches from Captain Phil, Past Club Captain, Trevor and Shane Dickson from Hampshire in which the drawn result was announced as the third on the trot. Then would you believe it on the way home the rain stopped!


Ian Potter

Dorset v Sussex at Yeovil 2019

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As the Sussex Captains began the long trek to the far side of Dorset, the sun shone brightly in a clear blue sky. Three, or in Nigel’s case four, hours later, we arrived at Yeovil Golf Club to seek our first win of 2019.

Captain Phil Williamson and Dorset Captain Bill announced the teams after a hearty welcome by Home Captain John, followed by the standard lunch of sandwiches and chips in our playing groups. As ever in this fixture, the sub-plot was the contest between Vice-Captain Keith Talbot and his father-in-law Ken Grout for family honour. It was around this point that Phil Burley wistfully remembered seeing his jacket and tie hanging on the back of his door at home ……..


And so, it began…


As is tradition, Captain Phil was out first with his cannily selected partner Nigel Powell. Clearly Dorset saw the threat, so gave Phil a scorecard for the wrong course!

Nigel had his course planner from 1984 which they encouraged him to use, claiming little had changed – well not much, an odd bunker here and there. Despite their wiles, our dynamic duo played well and ran out worthy winners 3&2.


In Match 2, Sussex was represented by President Ian Wood and Dorset exile Peter Snook. Faced by two home-based Captains, things got off to a tricky start as the President drove into the trees. Gradually Steve and David’s local knowledge paid dividends and our chaps succumbed to an inglorious 3&2 defeat.   


And so, to the third game, which featured Sussex’s engine room pairing of Alan Butcher and Richard ‘Jayzee’ Jays. Although our lads played some fine golf, they could not shake off the Dorset boys, especially when losing a par 3 to a net birdie!

Thus, a closely fought contest finished all square – honours even.


Fourth up were old stagers, Brian Street and Peter Rodger who were still feeling the effects of the long journey. Two down after two holes, and with prospects looking bleak, our heroes rallied winning six holes in quick succession. But the effort proved too much, and, as they flagged, back came Dorset’s Alan and Peter to level the tie after the 17th. A halved 18th, left the match all square – a fair result given the effort from both sides.


Match 5 saw Joe ‘Awesome’ Angella linking up with Sussex’s ever reliable Rod England. Dorset fielded Tim and Tom the latter receiving 19 shots from Mr A., so his “A” game was needed. Despite having announced over lunch that his putting was awful, Tim proceeded to hole monster ones in the early holes. Undaunted, Sussex’s middle order stalwarts continued to play solid golf and finally moved ahead in the closing holes to register a well-deserved 2&1 victory.


The 6th contest featured the afore-mentioned family duel with Keith teamed up with Immediate Past Captain Peter Ward and Ken with local man and County President Eddie Galjaard. (Pete had recently made Ken’s 85th birthday cake so we thought that might be worth a “gimmie” or two – WRONG!). The early holes were even, the highlight being Pete’s birdie on the 2nd, holing out from 1ft!! Success at the 8th and 9th saw Sussex turn two up, by which time Eddie was in full flow exchanging banter at every opportunity. Un-deterred, Pete then generated another couple of wins to finally close out the tie in Sussex’s favour 3&2 to Keith’s delight. Hopefully Ken will take it in good spirit …


 In the penultimate game, Sussex were represented by Mitch Clark and John Boniface, the latter another of our Sussex exports. Facing them were Dorset’s John Hall and Jack (Davey?) Crocket, handicaps being very similar. Unsurprisingly, the match proved to be a close encounter, everything even at halfway. Then Dorset turned on the power, Sussex imploded, and the Home team cantered to a 4&3 success.  


The final encounter saw a rejuvenated Ian Jaggard paired with Phil Burley in what turned out to be the dream team. Apparently, the Dorset combo of John and Rick were unable to match the “ruthless form” of our chaps who went 5up after 6 holes. The contest? finished on the 11th, Sussex winning 9&7 – amazing!!

(Rumour has it that John is 87 and Rick has just started playing again after a long bout of illness but nevertheless …….).



The post-match dinner was a fine steak pie followed by bread and butter pudding.

(Editor’s note: what happened to the advertised sticky toffee pudding or lemon roulade?). Then we had the traditional addresses from both Captains, an emotional Bill indicating that it had not gone well for Dorset. Phil nearly disguised his delight at recording a victory before we all headed home on various routes, a long night ahead of us.   


Keith Talbot


Professional’s Day at Copthorne 2019

Phil & Mike Bullen 2019

SGC Captain Phil Williamson presents the trophy to Mike Bullen of Worthing.

Pro’s Day at Copthorne Golf Club is always a popular event and 36 teams of 4 competed on a fine bright day at this wonderful tree lined course.

The winning Professional was Mike Bullen of Worthing with 69.  He was two shots clear of local man, Russell Buxton who carded 71.  Third place with 72 was Steve Grouwstra of Cottesmore and a special mention to Jonny Ingram from Royal Ashdown Forest with 73.

Winning Cottesmore team 2019

The Winning Cottesmore Team

The winning team score of 128 came from team Cottesmore comprising of Terry Vanhinsbergh, Mick Stacey and Martin Bolton-Smith.  Steve Grouwstra was their Pro.

Second team was Dale Hill.  Steve Williamson, Andrew Chapman, Ray Akehurst and Professional, John Tolliday with 131.

Third place were Phil Thomas, Dave Dalley, Tony Head from Copthorne with Pro, Bradley Feihn (Singing Hills) with 132 winning on count back with a back nine of 66.

Thanks to our Starters Joe Angella and Keith Talbot.

Copthorne 2019

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