Diamond Jubilee at Cooden Beach


Inaugurated shortly after the Queens Diamond Jubilee in 2012 this competition is a triangular between Kent, London and Sussex.  Each county play a team of 12 with the best 10 scores to count.  It is played as a singles Stableford off full handicap.

This year Sussex were hosts and held at Cooden Beach Golf Club.

The winners with 353 points were the Kent Golf Captains with Sussex just 5 behind with 348.  London were third with 334.

Steve Grubb from Shooters Hill Golf Club managed a hole-in-one on the 7th which no doubt helped Kent secure their victory.  Steve kindly bought Port for all to celebrate in ace and in return his was awarded a Cooden Beach Hole-In-One silk tie.

After a first class dinner, Sussex Captain, Brian Street thanked Cooden Beach Past Captain, Archie Fairlie for stepping in at short notice as their Captain was unable to play. He also thanked Graham White, General Manager for his help and overseeing the collection of score cards and Starter, Gordon Findley.

As London were the holders their Captain, John Marr was invited to present the trophy (donated by Derek Burridge) to William Albery from Kent Captains.

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Captain’s Day at Cowdray Park

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Terry Jasper receives The Algrey Bowl from SGC Captain, Brian Street

Recorded as the hottest day of the year (and the longest) Captain’s Day at Cowdray Park was a huge success with a golf course playing its best following the ProAm held there the previous weekend.

Captain, Brian Street had every detail covered from starters, ball spotters and some lovely ladies serving cold drinks at the halfway hut.

The local Captains featured heavily in the winners enclosure claiming the top four places all with 37 points.

1st with 22 on back 9 was Terry Jasper

2nd with 20 back 9 Harvey Terry

3rd with 19 back 9 14 back 6 Peter Hallt

4th with 19 back 9 12 back 6 Mark Jasper

5th place with 36 points was Geoff Dyckes from Ifield.

Nearest the pin on 3rd Dave Smythe - Cottesmore

9th - Roland Heath - Bognor Regis

11th Ken Wenham - Littlehampton

17th Andy Lamb - Highwoods who had a hole-in-one!

Andy very generously donated £100 to the Club Captain’s Charity The Rocking Horse Appeal Children's Hospice.

Sussex v Cornwall at Royal Ashdown Forest

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In the most beautiful of settings, Sussex entertained Cornwall at the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Club. Founded in 1888, it is a challenging course that has no bunkers but that is more than made up for by the long stretches of heather.

The Cornish team, resplendent in their yellow and black outfits, were early arrivals so when Sussex showed up, they were raring to go. After a brief introduction from RAF past Captain Jack Furtado, the teams socialised whilst consuming the quality chips and sandwiches.


Thus replete, Captain Brian and his carefully chosen companion Jack, took on Cornwall’s Captain Brian and his V/C Ross (Oliver not Poldark). The match was evenly balanced but gradually canny Jack’s local knowledge prevailed and led to a 3&2 win for the home team. Cornish Captain Brian concluded that Jack was a “ringer” brought in to ensure our Skipper didn’t suffer another defeat.

Nevertheless, the game was played in great spirit and considerable merriment.


In the second berth was our AA team, Andy Plowright & Alan Butcher who faced a strong Cornish pairing. A tight match ensued but with superior putting the West country boys ran out 3&2 winners. I thought Andy took it well ……..


Match 3 had Sussex’s Dave “Santa” Wilkins & his elfin assistant Keith Talbot pitched against Cornwall’s Beau & Arrow (actually he was called Colin). In a close encounter, the first six holes were halved including birdies by Dave and Beau at the 3rd. Finally, at the 8th the deadlock was broken by a birdie from Dave but that lead was short-lived as it returned to all square two holes later. Keith then contributed a par 3 at the famous 11th, followed by a birdie at the 12th to put Sussex 2 up only for a Colin birdie for the visitors to halve the lead. Not to be denied, Dave restored the 2-hole lead at the 16th which our chaps held on to thus securing a 2&1 victory.


In game 4, John Pyne & Jerry Hibbs representing the Home team found themselves 3 down after 4 holes – presumably they had lunched too well! However, as the match progressed into the back nine,     J & J fought back to post a 2&1 success for Sussex. They claim it was their superior fitness that saw them through.


It is recorded that the 5th game was dogged from regular interruptions by walkers and their canine companions. It is apparently a dogging area. Is that the correct term? Nigel Evans & Tony Bauckham must have been riveting company as it appears Cornish Dave was mainly taking pictures of the scenery, however our heroes had the last laugh, achieving a 2&1 victory in a closely fought tie.


As ever, Dave Harmer selected a highly competent partner in Richard Jays to take on their opponents in match 6. Richard set off at a blistering pace with 2 pars and a birdie but ground to a halt (literally) when his trolley stopped working. Apparently, he then alternated between pushing it and lying on his back trying to repair the fault, until he succeeded in getting it going again at the 12th. In fact, just as the course goes downhill. Meanwhile, the redoubtable Dave secured a net par and birdie to put Sussex further in front. The visitors, unfazed by these shenanigans, fought back to reduce the arrears to one hole, leaving the once again mobile Richard to halve the last to ensure the 1 up result.


This match illustrated how difficult it can be, when the other team speak a different language to you. Sussex claim that when Martin Hubbard & Dave Kemp advised their opponents to “best stay left”, this was interpreted as “hit a big fade right” which led to several balls finding the heather. The inevitable conclusion to this was a 6&5 win for the home side – did they give them a real pastying?

(Note: I have yet to receive the Cornish version of events)


The final game pitted David Sinden & Terry Vanhinsbergh against a doughty pair of pirates from Cornwall. (Terry hardly mentioned how many shots they were getting). After comparing ailments on the first tee, the Cornish duo had the temerity to go one up but our anchor pairing retaliated with four gross birdies to lead substantially at half way. They continued to press home the advantage and ran out worthy winners 6&5.


As ever, all the matches were played in excellent spirit and many friendships were forged in the heat of friendly competition. After an excellent meal, Captain Brian’s few words were totally eclipsed by a more entertaining discourse from Jack who was undoubtedly the star of the day.

To beat Cornwall 7-1 is a notable achievement which will be tough to follow as they are hoping to host us at Trevose next year.

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Member’s Invitation at East Brighton

Invitation winners

At a very windy East Brighton some fantastic scores were returned with 4 pairs on 45 points.

But with 24 points on the back 9 were the pairing of Richard Bevan and Bill Milford from Dale Hill who won the Arthur Holder Trophy.

Runners up with 23 on the back 9 were Club Captain, Mike Dunkerton and EBGC Vice Captain, Chris Bryan

Third place were Andy Lamb and John Lamb from Highwoods also with 45 points.

Nearest the pin on the 7th was won by Andy Peate of Cottesmore, guest of Nigel Powell and on the 16th by Rob Wild, from Knole Park, guest of Neil Smith.

Oxfordshire v Sussex at Henley

What a glorious day we all enjoyed at Henley Golf Club. The weather was perfect and despite our Patron’s initial efforts to encourage us all to head to Birmingham (sorry Dave just had to get that one in) we all arrived safely for an excellent fixture.


Henley was originally laid out in 1907 by the acclaimed golf course architect James Braid (as was Haywards Heath by the way). With 6 par 3’s it is still a challenging par 70 – but more than anything else the course is set in lovely Oxfordshire countryside and was extremely well presented. Before we teed off Ian Jaggard was seen apparently providing advice on the Rules of Golf to 3 very attractive Lady Members – funny how he gave one of them his mobile number should any further advice ever be required!


You will see from the result that this was Brian’s first win as Captain – he put it down to his leadership finally kicking in. I think it was more down to Team selection! Brian was delighted to announce the result of the match and expressed a very sincere thank you to our hosts for an excellent day out.


So – as for the matches.


Match 1

Our Captain Brian, very ably supported by our Secretary Mark Terry won 1 up. They were 2 up at the turn but a degree of complacency let the OGC’s in on the next 3 holes. Nip and tuck thereafter but our boys sneaked ahead on the 17th to secure a good opening match win. Well done Skipper!

Match 2

Dave Harmer and John Benoy seemed always up against it. They tell me they “lost there way” – not surprising given Dave’s initial directions – to finally succumb 4 & 2. No disgrace with the most pleasing outcome the fine company of their playing partners.

Match 3 

 I drove Derek May home and there is no doubt he and Ken Penfold were

very disappointed to loose the match on the 18th. (He mentioned it 4 times on the way home). 6 birdies between the 4 of them in the course of the round and with never more than 1 hole in it through out the entire match. It was a very close call. A draw would have been a fairer result – they say!

Match 4

 New Committee man Tony Bauckham together with Simon Watts played some fine golf to eventually go 4 up – lots of net birdies and gross pars. They closed out the match on the 17th 2&1.

Match 5

Mike Rham and I had a very close encounter with every hole either won or halved in par or birdie (except the 1st which we halved in 5). Our “Tel “ boy opponent hardly ever missed a fairway and was an extremely competitive opponent. We hung around with some scrabbling chips and puts when Mike closed the door on them with a great up and down for par on 17. Walking down the 18th he mentioned to me that in 6 years of SGCs golf he had only won once before  - well done Mike you have now won twice! Sussex won 1up.

Match 6

Probably one of our finest ball strikers, Nigel Wates and the resurgent Neil Smith had a cracking game which ended all square. They managed to get 2 up on 2 separate occasions but each time were pegged back. Highlight of the match – and our group witnessed it whilst having a cup of tea at the half way hut – Neil chipped in for a net eagle on 9! He couldn’t believe it! Neither could their opponents!

Match 7

IPC Ian Jaggard and Frank Edmonds decided the weather was too nice to play golf so popped home early for a shower and a few beers in the sunshine. Their opponents had all the luck – including playing 7 consecutive holes in 1 over – one shot calling in on Berkshire enroute to finishing 2 feet from the pin – to leave our boys with little to salvage. L 6 & 5 – just for the record!

Match 8

 Mr “Yellow Pants Potter” very ably partnered by David Balfour won 2 up. David described his driving during the day as  “crap” so it’s a good job he played the par 3’s well. A very tight game – never more than 1 in it until the last.

Match 9

Poor Richard Jays was obliged to carry a sack the entire round with Santa Wilkins in it. In spite of wearing an especially snazzy pair of socks Richard played very well keeping our boys ahead for most of the game including an eagle at the last – iron into the green. Big strong boy is our Richard! All that sea air down in Littlehampton!

Match 10

 Les – “Last Of The Summer Wine” – Chandler, aged 85 and as enthusiastic as ever, supported and chauffered by Dave Schwartz could not muster up his magic of previous years. An overly active sex life and lots of medication are finally taking their toll – the concentration is going and “ Mr Grumpy” is kicking in. From Les’s comments at the dinner table my guess is he didn’t adjust to the greens! L 4& 3. Dave said he tried his best – ahh!!



So all in all a great day out with good friends and good company. Well done Brian – we have now turned the corner with lots of wins to come.


Oxfordshire  4 ½    Sussex  5 ½


Phil Williamson

Match Reporter

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