Diamond Jubilee at Bearstead


The Captains:  

Mike Lintonbon (Kent) Peter Ward (Sussex) & John Murray (London

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.

The winners with 297 points were Kent Sussex were runners up with 290 and London Captains third with 267.

The match is hosted by London next year at Ealing Golf Club.


Mike Lintonbon, Captain of Kent receives the Derek Burridge Trophy from Ron Cox, London Captain’s most senior member.

Rescheduled Spring Meeting at The Nevill

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Captain, Peter Ward with Club Captain, Andrew Newman of The Nevill

Hot and Sunny!

A perfect day for golf for the 52 pairs playing in the rescheduled Spring Meeting at The Nevill Golf Club.

The competition was rescheduled from April after a long wet winter took its toll on the course making it unplayable back then.  Hard to imagine those conditions on a day like today.

The ever evolving start sheet had changed considerably since the April date because of a clash with the Cyril Blake County Knockout 4th round.

However, those who played enjoyed the Nevill in first class condition with lighting quick greens.  So it was only to be expected that a local pair would feature as winners.

Club Captain, Andrew Newman and his partner Nigel Wates were the first out and returned a score of 43 points which would stay top of the leaderboard all day.

Second with 41 points were Mike Rham & Arthur Nicholls from Willingdon.  Their back 9 of 23 beat the third place pairing of David Schwartz and Colin Kemp of Pyecombe with 20 on the back 9.

Fourth were John Benoy and Richard Wilson of The Nevill with 40 points and fifth place went to Peter Billcliff and Ed Viney of Crowborough Beacon with 39 points.

Thanks went to starters: Gordon Clarke and Ian Jaggard.

Captain’s Day at Brighton & Hove

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Nigel Wates with Sussex Golf Captains Captain, Peter Ward

A cool breezy but bright day greeted everyone for Captain’s Day this year held at Peter Ward’s home club, Brighton & Hove. A club where one of the founder members of the Sussex Golf Captains, Harry Sayers was Captain.

Boasting the oldest club in Sussex (1887) it enjoys far reaching views on top of the Downs.  Being a 9-hole course participants were required to play nine holes and then stop to enjoy the Captain’s hospitality which included a bacon roll and a glass of Pimms.

The break lengthened somewhat with many groups enjoying two glasses meaning the restart time was being pushed further back!  Not a problem as the weather was kind and most enjoyed the chance to have a break in what was described by many as difficult conditions.

The scores returned were lower than expected but some managed to grasp the breeze, downland bounces and slick greens easier than others.

The winner was Nigel Wates of The Nevill with 37 points.

Runner Up: Nigel Powell (Cottesmore) 35 points

Third: Paul Cleverley (Copthorne) 34 points

Fourth: John Mitchell (Brighton & Hove) 34 points

Fifth: Harry Reed (Cottesmore) 33 points

Nearest the pin

3/12 Dave Hirons (Cowdray Park)

6/15 Nigel Powell (Cottesmore)

8/17 Paul Cleverley (Copthorne)

Thanks to our starter, Ian Jaggard who also helped with the cards and Colin Crookes and Peter Buckingham who acted as ball spotters.

Pro Anthony Killick and Daisy Wakelin for the Ball sweep and Managing Secretary Lindsay Stoner for overseeing the smooth running of the day.

Club Captain, Mike Bowman welcomed everybody before prize-giving and Captain Peter (Tarzipan) presented the prizes assisted by Honorary Secretary, Mark Terry. 

Member’s Invitation at East Brighton

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Captain, Peter Ward with Nigel Powell of Cottesmore GCC

On arrival at this year’s invitation Captains and their guests were advised about the difficulties East Brighton have experienced with the infestation of Leatherjackets which was not helped by the recent banning of the pesticide that normally gets rid of them.  This resulted in 6 greens being partly roped off as GUR and the 17th being a temporary green.  

However, the green staff had worked extremely hard to get the course up and running with acceptable surfaces and well defined fairways. This was noted and respected by all participants as a fine effort under difficult circumstances.

The winners with an impressive 47 points winning The Arthur Holder Trophy were Nigel Powell and his guest Andrew Peate from Cottesmore Golf and Country Club.  A perfect card of just 1 over gross including 5 birdies secured the win over the three pairs with 46 points.

Second with 46 points and a back 9 of 26 were Ed Viney of Crowbororugh Beacon and his guest Nigel Mobbs of Sherborne.  Ed now lives and played at Sherborne and Nigel is no stranger to the Sussex Golf Captains as he is currently Captain of the Dorset Golf Captains.

Third also with 46 points were our Vice Captain, Phil Williamson and Martin Jones of Haywards Heath Golf Club.  They had 25 on the back 9.

Fourth place was David Hirons and Chris Strudwick of Cowdray Park with 46 points and 24 on the back 9.

Nearest the pin on the 7th went to Micky Ray of Dale Hill, guest of Richard Bevan (last year’s winner) and nearest the pin on the 16th was won by Keith Hayward of Copthorne Golf Club.

Club Captain, Chris Bryan welcomed everybody and thanked all for their understanding about the course problems.  His also had to address a small problem of the boiler shutting down which resulted in a few cold showers for some of the unlucky tail-enders!

Thanks went to our Starter Joe Angella, Brian Street and Ian Jaggard who helped with Registration and cards.

Mark Terry

Sussex v Oxfordshire at Mid Sussex


Overcast weather greeted the players as they assembled at Mid Sussex for the match against Oxfordshire. They brought a strong team, clearly still smarting from the defeat Sussex inflicted on them last year. A diet ploughman’s lunch was followed by the usual introductions, Captain Peter adding his own random descriptions of the Sussex team. Match nine however, consisted of just Keith Talbot as Tony Bauckham was nowhere to be seen. Rumours abounded – had he

a)     Been kidnapped by Oxfordshire in the mistaken belief he is a good player

b)    Gone to Oxfordshire, having mis-read DH’s email

c)     Suffered from the effects of early onset senility


And so, it began…


As of right, Captain Peter Ward led the way, ably assisted by home Past Captain Chris Spencer, against Oxfordshire’s C-in-C Pete Walton and his partner David Hole. Apparently, despite Chris’s local knowledge, the Sussex duo could not match Mr Hole’s distance and accuracy, typified by the fact that he drove through the green on the par 4 sixteenth! It was there that handshakes signified a 3&2 victory for Oxfordshire.


 Match 2 saw the President Neil Smith teamed up with ‘Mr Reliable’ Nigel Wates against Oxfordshire’s President and his low handicap colleague, Danny. This game proved to be a real ding-dong battle with never more than one hole in it either way. Eventually, it was Neil who sealed a 1up home success, following a net birdie on the 17th with a par on 18th. -Truly remarkable!


The third game had Ian Wood together with Dave Kemp, involved in a close encounter with their Oxfordshire opponents. The result was balanced on a knife edge as Sussex started the 18th 1 up but a spirited, (recorded as fluky) win by the visitors, meant they finished all square.


The same outcome was recorded in match 4, as the Vice-Captains of both sides battled it out. Phil Williamson, who described his partner (Harold Knight)’s contribution as modest, nevertheless fought hard to hold off Chris (Mr Grumpy) Spearing, his opposite number. Apparently, Chris played magnificently, thus setting up an interesting return fixture next year.


 In the 5th match, the Pompey pairing of the Big Easy, Dave Balfour and the ageless Reg Auchterlonie looked a formidable pairing, but appearances can be deceptive!

Three down after 3, they held on despite a barrage of birdies from their lower handicapped opponents, but it was all to no avail, as our heroes finally succumbed 3&2.


The 6th game witnessed a massacre of epic proportions. Things didn’t look too bad after Bryan Fairbrass had halved the first but then he, and associate Ian ‘Harry’ Potter raced to 8 down in the next 9 holes! It should be pointed out that Alan Gray, off 10 handicap, was level par gross at this juncture. Ian then conjured up a golf game to ensure that a ‘dog’s licence’ was avoided but it still meant a 6&5 loss for Sussex.


Seventh up was Alan Butcher and Mike Sandford taking on the wonderfully named Theo Ziffo and Keith Henley. Theo proved to be an inspirational 84-year-old, claiming two net eagles on the back nine, which together with great support from Keith, meant another victory for Oxfordshire, 3&1 was recorded. Our chaps had been level at the turn, but clearly Theo’s greater fitness……...


Next up was Peter Snook and Mike Davis playing an Oxfordshire pair off similar handicaps. What should have been a close contest turned out to be anything but, as the Sussex pair were outclassed and perished 6&5. Apparently, Mick and Bill were great company – they probably were as they were showered with gifts!


The beginning of the ninth game did not start well as the lonesome Keith Talbot, still wondering where the elusive Tony Bauckham was, hit 2 balls OOB. Even making amends on the 2nd was not without controversy, as his second shot arrived on the green whilst Peter and Mike were still putting! The inevitable result started to play out notably as Roger Davies birdied the 9th to put Oxfordshire 3up at the turn. This rapidly became 5, though a late rally saw the deficit finally reduced to a 4&2 victory for the visitors. (note; does Roger playing 5 times a week make him a pro-golfer?)


The final match was another close affair with Chris Adamson and John Oliver narrowly losing 1 down, this after they had lost the first three holes. Oxfordshire’s 22 handicapper John Edwards played amazing golf, subsequently claiming that ‘he doesn’t normally play that well’. That sounds familiar…...


The result of all this was a resounding win for Oxfordshire by 8-2, thus revenging last year’s defeat at Henley. Then followed one of Mid Sussex’s excellent carveries and the Captain’s speeches, which reflected their different perspectives on the day.

The Oxfordshire Captain said several times how much they enjoyed it and Peter told a joke.


As we all wended our weary way home, still the mystery of the lesser spotted Tony Bauckham remained unsolved……


Keith Talbot


PS – It appears the answer to the question regarding Tony was ‘C’. However, unlike Tony, the report-writer has a long memory!!

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