President’s Day at Littlehampton

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President, Eddie Noyce (Left) awards the Salver to Tony Bauckham

A perfect day at Littlehampton Golf Club greeted the 81 competitors for President’s Day hosted by Eddie Noyce who was Captain there in 2002.

A two tee start, overseen by two efficient starters, Mike Wood and Eugene Ryan got everyone out on time playing individual Stableford off full handicap.

The winner with 43 points was Tony Bauckham, a Past Captain of Mannings Heath Golf Club now at West Sussex.

Second with 40 points was Nick Lee from Pyecombe

Third was Terry Vanhinsbergh of Cottesmore with 38 points just beating his club mate, Nigel Powell on count back in fourth.

Fifth place went to Keith Talbot of East Brighton.

Nearest the pins were:

Ian Potter - 3rd Hole

John Ballard - 6th Hole

Paul Delaney - 8th Hole

Tony Bauckham - 11th Hole

Andy Lamb - 16th Hole

Before Prize giving Club Captain, Bill Hoal welcomed everybody and said what a pleasure it was to host The Sussex Golf Captains and to be invited to play.  Eddie Noyce then went on to thank the starters, green-staff and the bar and catering staff.

A sumptuous buffet was prepared by Clair and her team and Eddie gave her a bottle of Champagne in appreciation as she was soon to retire.

Special thanks went to Ashley the Assistant General Manager for his attention to details and making sure everything was provided for and to Honorary Secretary, Mark Terry for all his help.

Eddie finished up by thanking John Elphick who made a quick visit as he was responsible for introducing Eddie to the SGC in 2002.

Cambridgeshire v Sussex at Saffron Walden

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The annual match for SGC v Cambridgeshire Captains with a long journey for Sussex that for most was driven through spells of torrential rain which didn’t look promising for the days golf.


However when we arrived at Saffron Walden the weather was clearing and we were greeted by a lovely course in the grounds of Audley End mansion house and a very smart and green looking course. It was clear that the drought conditions that most of us are experiencing in Sussex, was not matched by the lush grass and fairways in East Anglia. The views over the town and surrounding areas were fantastic.

Having been greeted and welcomed by Maurice Palmer the Cambridge Captain we enjoyed a bacon roll and drinks and we set off to defend the Sussex v Cambridge trophy won last year at Cottesmore by Sussex. Peter Ward our Vice Captain was captain for the day as Brian Street had a clash of dates with another County Captains dinner.


Peter Ward and Peter Rodger led the way and by playing some excellent golf got SGC off to a winning start. Match Secretary David Harmer and Jerry Hibbs had an up and down day, playing well to be 3 up at the turn lost the next 3 holes but hung on to the end for a narrow win at the 17th. Graham Ward and Tom Hutchinson had another close game and even Grahams eagle 2 at the par 4 16th when he holed his second shot from the fairway could not stop them losing 1 down. Bryan Fairbrass and Mark Dunn and Ian Wood (Woody) with Ken Penfold both fought hard but local knowledge was getting the edge. Things looked up when Kerry Scott and Nigel Wates played excellent golf for a narrow win at the last. The spirit dropped when Frank Edmonds and Norman Milburn came in early having lost on the 16th having fought well against good opponents. So it came down to Nigel Powell and David Schwartz to save the day. They had a brilliant day against a past captain of the home club, it was nip and tuck all the way and they stood on the last hole, which is a steep downhill 167 yard par three, all square right in front of the clubhouse. Sussex needed to win the hole and Nigel Powell made the green and their opponents were over the back. Nigel got his three but Mark Jones got up and down to finish in three over gross for a halved match. The final total was Cambridge 4½  and Sussex 3½ 

This was not good enough for Sussex to retain the trophy but everyone had an enjoyable day played in a great spirit of friendship.


The dinner was excellent after the match with wine supplied and enjoyed, especially by those of us not driving!


Both Maurice and Peter spoke well after the match with some jokes and banter going on which was great.

Followed by the presentation of the trophy to Cambridge before the long journey back.



David Harmer


Sussex v Sussex Lady Captains (SLC-SGA)

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Captains Brian Street and Janet Garbutt

On yet another sunny day in this globally-warmed summer, Sussex Golf Captains met at Hayward's Heath Golf Club to contest the annual match against our County's Lady Captains and Secretaries in what has always been a fiercely fought but very friendly match. On the 43rd annual fixture (according to one notable past Sussex Golf Captain, the match takes place every year too) the atmosphere and nervous anticipation of yet another close match was electric. Phil Williamson was apparently seen trying to stop his hair standing up because the electricity was so strong.

As always, Hayward's Heath gave their usual warm welcome and fortified by copious amounts of sandwiches and the odd glass of Harvey's the pairings were announced by Brian Street and a sadly injured Janet Garbutt who was fit enough for a prolonged period of solid negotiating on shot allowances. The rumour that Brian basically just gave in to Janet was given substance when the total number of shots being given over the 10 matches was revealed to be 63. After 4 successive victories, the men were clearly prepared to be overly generous to give the ladies their best chance to get on the winning trail again and beneath Janet's gentle exterior, beats a heart of steel obviously!

In the first match out, Captain Brian and HH Captain Phil Keerie were up against a strong pairing of HH Ladies Captain Marian Bulley and 2016 Ladies Captain Sylvia Huggair and the match came down to the 18th where Sylvia had a real deja vu experience suffering the same fate after losing her match on that hole in 2016 to your scribe. Brian and Phil won 2 up.

As for the 2nd match, it was clear the Peter Ward and Phil Williamson (or as they are better known, Tarzipan and Jane) were in no mood for generosity and were ruthless (some would say bullying) in beating President Wendy Shergold and Carole Lee - always good to see the daughter of the competitions founding father - by a solid 5 and 4 score. To cap it all, Peter then ensured their suffering was not over by regaling them with many stories of royal icing and cake experiences in Australia which could have easily turned the ladies to drink.

A good start with 2 wins for the Captains was soon undermined by the third result where Roland Heath and Jags went down to a 2 and 1 loss, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory by losing the 15th, 16th and 17th holes. The Ladies' pairing of long hitting Elaine Fell and steady as a rock, straight down the middle Brenda Clift were tenacious and when their chance came took it with both hands. Jags was heard to say that while he was used to being out-driven by most of his male colleagues, it was the first time he'd been treated in such a way by a lady who hit the ball way longer than he did. It's an age thing!

In the fourth match, a closely fought affair between Mark Terry and Keith Talbot up against Hester Gemmell and Rosemary Barford, also went to the 16th with Mark and Keith prevailing 2 & 1. The same score in the next match, but a loss this time for Neil Smith and Tony Bauckham to Pat Johns and Bali Bassan. This match was resolved on the 17th when Pat sank an outrageous putt of either 45ft or 3/4 of a mile depending on who told the story, to win the hole and the match.

In match 6, the pairing of gentle giant Andy Plowright and our own bundle of energy, Harold Knight scrapped their way to an excellent half against another long lady hitter Tessa Stockwell and her partner Linda Brand. In explaining their match result, our Little and Large were heard to say that the long and the short of it was that it was a fair half. Match 7, the clash of a generation of Presidents (what's the collective noun for Presidents - answers on a postcard) with Eddie Noyce (President) and Norman Milburn (IPP) against Bron Morley and Lil Cummins was described as a nip and tuck affair although no explanation was given on that description. This match went to the 18th where Bron and Lil came through 1 up. Despite the result, Eddie was very upbeat feeling that it was his best game since coming back to playing - good job Mr President.

In match 8 Santa Wilkins and Mark Dunn were too strong for Jill Glaser and Mary Barnard and eked out a 2 & 1 win and in the next match, Steve Tellyn and Ian Potter withstood a strong fight back from Nikki Terry and Jenny Fahy to run out 3 & 2 winners. So after 9 matches the score stood at a draw four and a half all with all depending on the final match to come in.

Veteran John (Daktari) Benoy and Mike (I wish I could putt) Davis had a good match with Marlene Gibson and Sheila McNeill finishing on the 18th by winning 2 up. That result ensured that the men kept up their winning run although in doing so, Captain Brian suffered a number of nervous moments waiting for the Benoy/Davis duo to come through with the necessary victory.

Looking at the results, clearly the shot allocation was pretty accurate with 8 of the matches getting to the 17th and 3 of those going to the 18th. Proud as Tarzipan and Jane must be of their bullying tactics against Wendy and Carole in getting a 5&4 victory, it was hardly in the spirit of the day and their conduct is being investigated by the Equalities Commission to establish whether an offence has been committed - heads could roll!

Match Result Sussex Captains win 5½ - 4½

After an excellent dinner and many thanks from all sides, the two Captains presented each other with glass mementos (real lovefest that was) and Janet reluctantly but graciously presented the salver with a promise of even tougher shot allocation negotiations next year.

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Several comments were made about the wonderful atmosphere of the day and all thanked Hayward's Heath for being exceptional hosts with the course in great condition and the catering and bar staff being very welcoming.

Having rested his reporter's pen to psyche himself up for bullying two defenceless ladies, Phil Williamson will undoubtedly return to scribe future matches and will equally undoubtedly get some measure of revenge for this mild banter.

Ian Jaggard

Captains v Ladies - 10th July - Fake News Alert

Following research by Phil (Ferret) Williamson, there has been a shocking discovery of Fake News in the reporting of the results of the annual challenge match between the Captains and the Sussex Ladies. It has been established that the match reporter had been the recipient of a large bribe (pint of Harvey's) to suggest that the pairing of Santa and Mark Dunn had beaten Jill Glaser and Mary Barnard; this was untrue and although the correct overall result was reported, the fact that Jill and Mary had overcome the bewhiskered Santa and Mark was not reported accurately. The humblest of apologies are tendered to Jill and Mary and yet another inquiry with expensive lawyers has been set up to see whether this false reporting could have affected the outcome of the match. The inquiry will be led by Phil, who among his many non-executor roles, has a link to the Fox Network so knows all about Fake News.

Ian Jaggard

London v Sussex at Muswell Hill


As the temperature soared sending most people to the seaside, our brave Sussex lads headed inland to the cauldron that was Muswell Hill Golf Club, to take on the London Captains.

There is a long history of friendship between the two sides and this fixture was no exception. An excellent lunch was followed by the team match-ups and a close encounter was anticipated.


Captain Brian’s determination to defeat his opposite number was facilitated by having selected Terry Vanhinsbergh as his partner. As usual TVH was at his imperious best, supplying the birdies that with Brian’s support, secured a narrow victory by 1 hole.


Match 2 saw Vice-Captain Peter Ward and Dave “Santa” Wilkins outclass the London pairing; the Sussex players combining awesomely to run out 4&3 winners. Pete shot a gross 76 which was a tremendous achievement on a tough course – very crusty and but with some bare patches. (The course that is, not Pete.)


And so, to Match 3, which featured Mark Terry and Phil Cummins for the visitors. This time, it was London that provided the brilliant golf resulting in them being 5 under at the turn. Nevertheless, Sussex were hanging on to be only 1 down after 12 holes but the home team then turned on the afterburners to power away to a 4&3 win.


Fourth up were the experienced Sussex pair of David Noble and Pete Rodger. The match, played in great spirit saw our duo prove too strong for the London boys and achieve a memorable 5&4 victory.


Next, in Match 5 came David Schwartz and Graham Ward who got off to a great start winning the first 3 holes. The London pair gradually reduced the arrears with their superb putting, that then saw them overcome Sussex’s resistance to record a last gasp win 1 up.


Game 6 was the first to start from the 10th tee. Sussex, represented by Dave Balfour and Des Malcolm, never looked in trouble and the 5&4 victory was a fair reflection of their dominance.  Dave said Des “played well in parts” and his birdie at their last hole was “magnificent but counted for nothing”.

Note Des – next time you write the briefing note!!


In the engine room of the team, Sussex had Richard Jays and Neil Smith who came up against a tough combination from London. Not quite achieving their normal high standard (their quote), the chaps succumbed to a 5&4 defeat.


Sussex fared no better in Match 8 where Derek May and rookie Colin Crookes were facing a canny couple of London players. This tie saw the home team deliver a 6&4 win despite our heroes’ best efforts.


Thus, it would all be decided by the final two matches.


Tommy Pether and John Kinnear were the penultimate Sussex pairing. Things did not start well with London going 2 up after 3 holes. The game then settled down to a more even contest but the home side gradually eased further ahead so that, despite Tommy winning the 14th and 15th holes, London ran out winners by 4&3.

The final Sussex pairing featured Harvey Terry and Keith Talbot against John “The Organiser” and Mike “Man of many Counties”. Harvey arrived with only minutes to spare, nursing an injured shoulder, however after a quick sandwich and numerous drugs, he proceeded to play tremendous golf.

On the front nine, the lead switched several times as basically Harvey played John; both scoring well. Keith’s contribution on the scorecard appeared as often as Halley’s Comet but he did contribute by holding the flag, finding lost balls etc

Sussex were 1 down at the turn and despite Harvey’s best efforts, London secured victory on the 17th by 2&1.


So, although the overall result went the way of London by 6 to 4, the real winner was the friendship generated between us all.

An excellent meal was followed by the formal words of appreciation by both Captains

(I had Brian ahead on points) before we set off on the long journey home – some of us a very long journey but that’s another story….


Keith Talbot


Surrey v Sussex at Purley Downs


This away fixture against Surrey Golf Captains was played in very hot and sunny conditions at Purley Downs Golf Club. Designed by JH Taylor, who won the Open Championship 5 times, the course is an absolute gem. You will probably not put on more challenging and pacey greens throughout the season. A first class golfing experience both on and off the course. Definitely one for your “bucket list”.



And so to the matches;


Match1. Opening the batting (when England were already 4 wickets down ) were Captain Brian and “Big Boy” Andy Plowright. No racing certainty this one. Indeed, rather like Devonlock Sussex were felled just before the finishing line, with long odds outsider Foinavon (Surrey) eventually creeping over the line. Loss 1 down. My understanding is the last hole was won by Surrey with a slightly worse score than Sussex – 7? Brian bought Andy a beer to cry in!!


Match 2.  John Pyne and Dave Wilkins – lovely boys – were clearly in the Christmas mood with Santa’s ball somehow or other ending up in the pocket of one of the opposition.  3 down after 4 the thought of a refreshing beer or two was too much for our boys to resist. So – after the 13th the 19th was the next stop. They quickly recovered after a 6& 5 loss.


Match 3.  Harold Knight needs to go on a writing course – this is the best he and partner Chris Wise could offer your editor. Quote “ Terrific game. Could have gone either way. Went to the last put on the 18th”. Sounds very very interesting! Really fun!! Oh by the way we won this one 1 up. Not sure what the symbol on my computer is for a yawn!


Match 4.  The deadly Ifield duo, Ron Adams and Neil Smith, were rolled over by an Octogenarian (Harold that’s someone over 80). The Surrey 20 handicapper was a bit like the weather – too hot to handle! Ron described Neil’s effort as “ great” to only loose 4 & 2. Room for improvement chaps!


Match 5.  The highlight of this match was – according to Kerry and the President – the solitary hole won on the 11th. Otherwise they staggered from topping to shanking achieving amazing halves from certain to win positions. President Eddie Noyce is a very successful businessman – he needs to go back to his early reading on “ How to close out the deal “ Chapter 1.


Match 6.  Now this is more like it. Tom,“the Hutch”, on leaving home was asked by his wife wether he was playing at “the Pearly Gates”. We are pleased to report he survived his round at Purley Downs. Although he and David Sinden loved the greens they clearly didn’t master them – down 3 & 2. Nevermind at least Mrs Hutchinson will be pleased – or maybe not?


Match 7.  In 30 degree plus conditions Richard McArthur and Ken Penfold’s game mirrored the course and the statistics of the match – need to think about that one Harold. Yes – you’ve got it – up and down! An honorable ½ secured and new golfing friends made.


Match 8.  I sensed from Phil Burley’s comments and Frank Edmonds overall demeanor that they were slightly miffed with the playing handicaps of their opponents. Phil – even with 3 birdies in his round – couldn’t compete with a 17 handicapper who played to 10. Welcome to the world of Sussex Captains Golf!


Match 9.  Introduced by the Captain as his top pairing – thanks Brian – The Editor and Alan Butcher (6 h/c) did not disappoint our great leader. Won 3 &1. Early on one of our opponents (19 h/c ) was confused with Alan. He was gross 4 over for our first 9 holes. Fortunately the weather finally got the better of him and fatigue kicked in. Mr A Butcher – our boy - not to be confused with their boy ( Mr J. Butcher) eventually bored us all with the fact that he had discovered what was wrong with his golf swing – and came good.


Match 10.  Former Captain Ian Wood supported by Nigel Land  (probably the other way around in reality) proved worthy anchor men winning 1up in a tense and nervy final 3 holes. Sussex dormy 3 eventually closed it out on the 18th with nerves jingling having missed short puts on 16 and 17 –didn’t we all!! Well done boys – shame the opening two pairings didn’t do as well as the last two!!


The final post dinner speeches were also dominated by Surrey who hardly left enough time for Brian to say anything ( although he did go out of his way to congratulate Copthorne on their 125th birthday weekend – here here! ). The Surrey Captain of the day even revealed the result! Brian mentioned to me after the meal that he had another of his fantastic jokes to tell but felt he wouldn’t have had enough time to deliver it properly. So for those who played yesterday bad luck – for those playing at Muswell Hill today against the London Captains then bad luck to you too!!



Final match result - Surrey 6½ - Sussex 3½.



Phil Williamson

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 From the first hole looking towards the 10th

Sussex v Bedfordshire at Ifield


Top Match: Brian Street (Sussex) Mick Firth (Beds) John Preston (Beds) & Ifield Club Captain, Geoff Dyckes.

On a lovely sunny Summer’s 4th July our visitors won a closely contested competition 6 matches to 4.


Under normal circumstances they would have taken the “Bedsex” Trophy home with them but regrettably that was not possible. Our Immediate Past Captain, Ian Jaggard, ever one to love anything to do with “beds and sex”, managed to leave the cup at home. A groveling apology this morning did little to redeem the humiliation he justifiably faced at the end of dinner yesterday evening.


The Cup itself was donated by Neil Smith some 5 years ago and as Captain Brian Street mentioned in his post dinner address, has become the token of one of our most enjoyable and friendly fixtures every year. Once again, after an excellent lunch, playing a very well presented course, and a dinner of substantial lamb shanks, that special companionship was evidenced throughout the evening with very good golfing friends.


As for the matches here is the sorry tale;


Match 1. Captain Brian with Ifield skipper Geoff Dykes earned a valuable and honorable ½. I sensed from Brian’s comments that our boys were more generous with their “gimmes” than their opponents – but by all accounts a nip and tuck encounter best described as a great fun match with fantastic company. The way it should be!


Match 2. Tom Hutchinson, last year’s Captain at the Nevill GC, was introduced by our skipper as the “ hottest putter in town” – and so he proved to be. Despite the opposition questioning his parentage throughout the match Tom, and our Vice Captain Peter Ward, were far too strong for the visitors and eased home 6 & 5.


Match 3. I quote “The strong pairing of the ‘ow’ ard brothers, Cowlard and Jaggers “(editor’s comment - I personally wouldn’t have described them as a strong pairing) were quickly 3 up and even when Jags tired on the back 9 (ahh) Richard ‘s local course knowledge saw them safely home 4&3. Nice to see the IPC winning a match for a change!


Match 4. Not sure exactly what went on in this game but the Hon Sec – who has been in great form of late – tells me that the Bedfordshire Captains kept comparing their sperm count levels in the course of the round. All square going down the 18th - we fell last the last. Lost 1 down. Close encounter.


Match 5. Dave Kemp and Mark Dunn did the Beds “Big Old Boys” 3 & 1. Sussex started like a train, 3 up after 4, then the “ Big Old Boys” came into their own. However – it wasn’t to last. Dave brought a serious look of thunder to their faces with a fine birdie on the 12th from deep rough. I bet that went down well. Good result guys – well played.


So – after the first 5 matches Sussex is looking good! But alas – there is no sting in the tail. From here on in prepare your tissues for a very sad story!


Match 6. The report writer (me) and Neil Smith went out of our way to make our guests really enjoy their day out. Up against probably Beds finest pairing – we managed to loose our match on the 18th. We were 1 down after 16, then the Beds team very generously both put their tee shots into the water at the right of the 17th. All square on the 18th tee and Neil has a shot! Guess what – he looses his ball with his drive and I manage to shank my approach from 130 yards into the green!

End of story!! Sorry boys.


Match 7. Birthday boy Snooky (69 today) was obviously thinking about his birthday numbers in this match! Peter you must concentrate more! He and Mike Sandford were well and truly given a lesson with the opposition team gross 3 over par better ball. Tough love – anyway Peter hope the birthday celebrations turn out well!


Match 8. Committee man Keith Talbot and Worthing’s Ian Potter were shocked on the first hole when one of their opponents took a really heavy and spectacular fall – later it was discovered to be a deliberate dive! Thereafter the opponents were seeking comfort and sympathy – and guess what - our boys fell for it big time – so much so that they conceded the match on the 18th. Interesting match play tactic – Potter is used to playing with the Ladies on a regular basis so you would have thought he would have learned by now!


Match 9. Johnny Mather, the current over 90’s England Champion, and John Benoy – combined age 176, were not quite spritely enough to cope with a very strong Beds pairing. John tells me Beds were better ball gross 2 over for their 18 holes. He was delighted they hung in as long as they did – loss 6 & 4 but no disgrace. Well done guys you did us proud. Amazing – 176 combined age! Same as 2 of Jaggard’s rounds added together (net that is).


Match 10. Last but not least our West Hove stalwarts IPP Norman Milburn and Dave Noble earned us a very respectable ½. Norman offered Beds this result on the 1st tee but Beds declined and initially probably regretted their decision. Sussex went 3 up but fatigue kicked in and the match ended all square. Poor Norman – he was so tired he had to get one of his opponents to write his comments for this report. Good company, good spirit and a great day is how Beds rounded off their comments. Here Here!!


Hope to see you all again soon – and some at Purley Downs tomorrow for our match against Surrey.



Phil Williamson


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“Found it” John Preston of Leighton Buzzard Golf Club recovering his wayward ball.

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