Results

Gordon Clark Cup at Haywards Heath 2019

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A fine and warm afternoon greeted the nostalgia loaded past Captains for the competition for the Gordon Clark Cup. Help the Aged were also in attendance to ensure all were appropriately cared for in the August heat.

16 golfers took part including Past President 95 year old John Mather. The excellent ploughman’s lunch ensured good slow golf swings and some fine scores resulted.

In 3rd place, beaten on countback was current SGC Captain Phil Williamson with 37 points. 2nd, also with 37 points but a stellar back 9, was Mark Terry. However, the winner with 39 points was David Hirons. He said in his winner’s speech that he was delighted to have been the youngster in his 4 ball, ignoring Ray Smith’s legitimate claim to that honour.

David echoed the feelings of everybody on Captain Williamson’s wonderful hospitality and the outstanding evening dinner. The evening finished comfortably early to enable Help the Aged to ensure the elderly folks got to bed at a reasonable hour.

Thanks to the Captain, the Club and to the donor of the cup, Gordon Clark.  

Essex v Sussex at Thorndon Park 2019

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Journey’s end this time, having navigated the M25 and Dartford tunnel, was Ingrave near Brentwood where Thorndon Park was to be found. On arriving in the land that time forgot, it appeared no-one had advised the Essex team of Jurassic Park’s (sorry Thorndon Park’s) somewhat archaic rules regarding shorts and socks. Moving on, the course was verdant and well-manicured; the clubhouse equally impressive.

Once again, Sussex found themselves arriving sporadically as the traffic took its toll;

indeed, Captain Phil Williamson and Essex Secretary Peter Freeman made the pairings a brief encounter as so many players were yet to appear.

Earlier V/C Keith Talbot had been alarmed to see the Essex Captain and Secretary sitting down to a full breakfast at 11.00am – conjuring up visions of a small lunch to come. This was unfounded as the Ploughman’s proved a worthy meal before battle commenced.

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And so, it began… 

 

Captain Phil and Dave Schwarz were hoping for a fast start against Essex Captain Barry “Superman” Larcombe and Kevin “Just ordinary” Smith. Sadly, it was the home pair that powered ahead, and Armageddon was reached after only 14 holes, at which point Barry had amassed 43 points on his own! Although the record will show a 6&4 defeat for our chaps, Phil said they played well (ahem!) however they did recover some pride by winning three of the last 4 holes.

 

Next up were the Incredibles, Andy Plowright and Rod England who put on an immaculate performance against those Goodfellas, the aforementioned Peter Freeman and partner Bob Morris. Rod was, as ever, a revelation never missing a fairway, a green or a putt whilst Andy, the greatest showman, provided an award-winning best supporting golfer. The outcome of all this was unbelievably only a 2&1 win for the Sussex boys.

 

In the third slot, giving the lie to the rumour this was no country for old men, came President Ian “Woody” Wood and Dave “Santa” Wilkins. Woody, fresh from his special day yesterday and Santa, knackered having played in Woody’s event on the hottest day of the year, faced Dave Barber and Chris Callaway. (No prizes for guessing which make he plays). Apparently, Woody played like God which would be irritating enough for his opponents, without him claiming he had thought of giving up a month back due to his poor form. They were heard to mumble they wished he bl***y well had. Santa just strolled along thinking it’s a wonderful life as a 3&2 victory was secured.

 

The fourth match featured the V/C Keith accompanied by Dave Dalley, a player not seen in Sussex colours for many years. They were up against Bryan Powell and Alan Cook for the home team, and with few shots exchanged, honours were even through the early holes. On the 9th, the magnificent two from Sussex sneaked ahead only for Essex’s duo to immediately counter. Finally, two wins from Dave pushed the visitors ahead again at which point Bryan attempted to kill Keith by shanking a ball off two trees and landing it about 2ft away. They went to Plan B which was to win the 17th but a par from Keith on the last was enough to see Sussex home 2up.

 

Brian Street and Derek May aka the Sunshine Boys, got their opponents to write the account of their encounter in match 5. It must have been desperate out there for Sussex as Essex claimed Derek begged to be given a putt at one stage! Peter and Paul (no Mary?) were also very disparaging about his physique, inferring that he would be well suited to the lead role in “Moby Dick”. However, given that they also thought Brian was “lovely company”, Derek can take heart that their judgement is suspect. Our boys were finally put out of their misery at the 16th, losing 3&2.

 

Match 6 saw Peter Snook and Bill Milford in tandem for the first time. A very even game finally swung in favour of the South Coast gents as Bill produced some excellent golf. Snookie, despite being clearly concerned by AFC Bournemouth’s latest signing, played a key supporting role in their 4&3 victory.

(Ed note; No, Peter you cannot always play with Bill. Other players must share the penance of being your partner)

 

In Match 7, the adage of a game of two halves (almost) was in evidence. Andy Lamb, paired with David Sinden has tough opposition in the form of Jamie Watson and Steve Baker for Essex. The home team started well and had established a 2 hole advantage by the 8th. David, feeling a bit like the guys in Zulu, had fought them off to restrict the deficit but needed re-enforcements. Just when all seemed lost, Andy awoke ready to perform the great escape. He proceeded to shoot 4 birdies and 6 pars, the putter hotter than a hot chili or his face at Copthorne yesterday! The result was a 2&1 win for Sussex – truly an escape to victory.

 

Game 8 was our darkest hour as Mark “the special one” Dunn and Shaun Anderson were blitzed by Phil and Steve (Mr Sandy) to register a 4&3 defeat.

(Ed note: remember the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan – a bit like that…..)

 

So quickly on to match 9, which saw “the Early Bird” Des Malcolm and “the Late Comer” Graham Ward taking on Essex’s Nigel and Tom. Nigel’s claim to fame that he is the PGA Captain/Pro challenge winner meant little to our heroes, who enhanced their own reputations with an outstanding 4&3 victory. Graham’s putting was magnificent which is more than can be said for Des’s handwriting!

 

The final contest was between Allan Bell and Tom Pether for Sussex and Essex’s Nick and Malcolm. Nip and tuck early on, our duo cast away a slender lead, allowing Essex to get in front, a position they never lost, finally recording a home point by 4&3 margin.

 

(Ed note to Captain Phil: Tom said Nick was outstanding. He should have been Barry’s partner in your match. Just imagine the what the score…..)

 

FINAL RESULT:   ESSEX 4 SUSSEX 6

 

As befits the venue, the carvery at dinner was superb, followed by for some, spotted dick. The health conscious amongst us had the lower-calorie lemon tart. In the speeches that followed, Barry tried very hard (and failed) not to look too pleased with his win over Phil, then thanked the host club which they had not used for some time.  

Phil echoed this in his usual eloquent style, taking time out to observe that even if they had had Kevin on Sussex’s side as the third man, they still would have lost!

Phil had the final success as Barry had to present the (long lost - Ed) trophy to him. And so, after 2 consecutive days golf, it was a weary but happy troop that made their way home, after yet another victory on the road.

 

Keith Talbot

Vice-Captain

President’s Day at Copthorne 2019

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President, Ian Wood awards The Salver to Peter Rodger of West Hove.

Officially recorded as the hottest day of the year and possibly breaking previous heat records, President’s Day at Copthorne Golf Club was going to be a challenge.

87 players set off for the Singles Stableford on a course looking very inviting in the summer sunshine.


President Ian Wood was a welcome sight for many serving cold drinks at the halfway point and the General Manager had also very thoughtfully placed water stations at various intervals around the course.  


A small number of players came in early as they could not stand the heat (temperature not golf) but otherwise a fine effort from all the Captains who battled on to complete the round in the 36º heat.


The winner with an impressive 46 points was Peter Rodger from West Hove.  Peter shot level par off 10 handicap and said it was all about putting!


Runner up was Mick Stacey from Cottesmore with 40 points.

Third: Trevor Pigram also from Cottesmore with 38 points (21 back 9)  

Fourth: Mark Dunn (Past Captain of Sweetwoods now plays at Highwoods) also with 38 points (16 back 9)

Fifth was local man John Winslet with 37 points.


Nearest the Pins

3rd Ian Newman - Lewes

7th David Balfour - Cowdray Park

12th Bill Hoal - Littlehampton

15th David Sinden - Copthorne

Cambridgeshire v Sussex at Links 2019

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It was a gunmetal grey day as the merry band of Sussex Captains made their way along the notorious M25, Dartford tunnel and M11 into the Fens. The drizzle slowly worsened as we arrived at Newmarket.

Their demeanour hardly improved as we learned that Cambridgeshire had not followed the rest of Britain in putting their clocks forward, so they had the lunch set for 11am and tee off for 12 noon. All was happily resolved though it did effectively mean the early birds got a great variety of sandwiches plus hot chips; the laggards less choice and cold chips.

After Cambridgeshire Captain John and our very own Phil Williamson announced the runners and riders, we adjourned to the paddock for practice.

  

And so, it began…   (or they’re off….)

 

Captains Phil and John saddled up and, with their stablemates Gary Hann and Richard Douglas, led the field. It was Phil who was fastest out the stalls, completely dominating the proceedings. Indeed, Gary appeared to be overawed by playing with the Great Man, even suggesting he could walk on water! For Phil’s sake, Gary get a grip. The net effect was a runaway win for Sussex by 5&4.

 

Next up were Sussex’s equivalent of the Muppets Statler & Waldorf, President Ian Wood and the venerable Brian Street. Whilst Brian was playing exceptionally well, Woody described their 6&5 success as “a very even game” making me wonder if he knew he was playing with Brian! (Cue: bring the screens in and a vet)

 

Game three featured Vice-Captain Keith Talbot and IPC Peter Ward pitted against Cambridgeshire’s V/C Malcolm Knobel-Forbes and Steve Lang, the latter an exile now living in Lewes. Sussex’s celebratory pair sadly fell at the first, and the second and the third – Steve playing superb golf. Just when they looked like staging a recovery, Malcolm chipped in for a net 2 at the SI one! Eventually Keith and Pete pulled up lame on the 13th to what Woody would describe as a narrow defeat (6&5).

Steve finished 5 shots below his 9 handicap, prompting several “That’s nice” comments throughout the round from last year’s Captain.  

 

Fourth time out were the Sussex ‘R’s, Richard ‘Jayzee’ Jays and Rod England facing in Cambridgeshire’s colours, the ‘J’s John and John. The ‘R’ souls galloped into a 3-hole lead after 3, only to falter and give ground to the locals. Undaunted, a magnificent chip to 2ins on the 17th meant Sussex crossed the finishing line by a head for a 2&1 victory.

 

Match 5 was a close encounter, Derek May and Geoff Dyckes up against Terry and Tony “aka the Nudger”. Cambridgeshire had the best of the front nine but despite making up ground on the back with 7 pars, our chaps succumbed to a 2&1 loss. Apparently, Derek spent so much time in the sand, he got the right hump!

 

Number six on the card were Andy Lamb and Dave Schwartz who missed their lunchtime nosebag and thus, carrying less weight, romped away from the start. However, John and Ian recovered and, with both teams jockeying for position, they were neck and neck at halfway. Over the final 4 furlongs (holes) our lads ran out of fuel due to lack of nourishment and Cambridgeshire took advantage. Dave found he could no longer co-ordinate his putting or indeed his dressing when back in the changing room. Sad really – anyway the end result was a 2&1 reverse for Sussex.

 

In the 7th match, David Sinden and Tim Ingrams (Ed note; we brought our own jockey) had a tough battle with Cambridgeshire’s Phil and David. The odds were against our chaps as we were giving plenty of shots away but unfazed, they kicked on and turned 1 up. They then kept their noses in front on the back straight to record an excellent 2&1 triumph.     

 

At the back of the field came ‘newbie’ Kevin Swales together with “Mr Nice” himself, Nigel Wates. Right from the off, this proved to be a tough race to the post, both teams determined to win. Finally, Nigel’s use of the whip pushed them ahead on the 17th and, despite a photo finish, they secured a 2&1 maiden victory.

 

FINAL RESULT:   CAMBRIDGESHIRE 3 SUSSEX 5

 

Post-match hospitality was excellent, including a strange one meat carvery? (A little tactless having lamb, eh Andy). After the food, both Home Captain John and our very own Phil gave the usual thanks and niceties. Then V/C Keith presented Woody with the ball he lost on the 16th to the President’s (A Yorkshireman) delight. His comment “was it on the fairway?” was met with the derision it deserved!

 

Thereafter, we took our leave and began the long trek home, leaving Captain Phil, Brian and Woody to get pi**ed as they were stopping over.   

 

Keith Talbot

Vice-Captain

Surrey v Sussex at Puttenham 2019

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Phil and his merry men travelled to Puttenham in Surrey for one of our nearer away games. The reception was excellent with a free bar followed by Ham,Egg and Chips preceded by the announcement of the pairs by both Captains. Games 6 to 10 had to walk quite a way to the 10th, which proved to be very telling for our last pair.

 

Captain Phil and immediate Past Captain Peter Ward led us out with a great start, 3 up after 4, then proceeded to lose the next 2 holes. Close fought match after that, with two really "nice guys", but none the less our pair pulled off a 3 and 1 win on the 17th hole.

 

Second up were President " Woody' and Ian (Harry) Potter. Woody stated the game was played in good spirit and friendship  with our pair managing to repeat lunch, i.e. 'Ham and Egg it' A half on 16 gave the 'Ian's' a 3 and 2 win.

 

Our 3rd pair, as described by them ' young Brian and 2 metre Andy Plowright' ( I can understand the 2 metre description but young Brian!!!) started like a train:- Par, Birdie, Birdie but were overtaken to be 1 down at the turn. Comment was made by our two that the Surrey Secretary Eddie may have been a 'highway man' in the past and thus proved correct with Surrey winning 3 and 2.

 

Nigel Evans and Mike Grindell got off to a great start with Nigel sinking putts from 'everywhere' and were 3 up. However Surrey gradually pulled it back and with a birdie, par finish ran out winners 1 up.

 

Our 5th pair of the Vice, Keith Talbot, and Terry Vanhinsbergh had a birdie blitz on the first 4 holes but then settled into a close fought game. Our pair were 2 up at the turn and with 'steady'  Terry and 'variable' Keith hang on to clinch a 2 and 1 win.

 

The next 5 games were off the 10th to start, quite a long walk there and back adding to the long walks between green and tee made the games strenuous to say the least.

 

However the 6th pair, Alan Butcher and Steve Tellyn, a very late replacement, started well with birdies on the first 3 holes. Steve commented that Alan ' played out of his skin ' and coached Steve to improve his game. This was evidenced by a 5 and 4 win.

 

7th pair out were Andy Lamb and John Kinnear who started quickly to go 3 up immediately and were 5 up at the turn  However the Surrey pair then started to play well and got it back to 2 by the 15th. A nice par on 16 was enough to win the hole and the match 3 and 2.

 

Match 8 featured Steve Tigg and Gary Hann in a close fought match with never more than 2 holes in it. Gary commented that Steve finished ' strongly ' and they ended up 2 and 1 winners

 

Game 9 with Nigel Land and Tom Hutchinson was even closer with never more than 1 in it up to the 14th. From then in our pair won 3 out of 4 holes to clinch victory 3 and 1.

 

In the intro I mentioned the long walk affecting our last pair of Chris Adamson and Colin Prior. This showed when they got back to the clubhouse looking completely knackered. They led after 3 holes but from then on in it was downhill ( or perhaps uphill) to end with a 4 and 3 loss.


FINAL RESULT  :   SURREY  3  -  SUSSEX   7

 

After play the usual casual drink and then a splendid 3 course dinner was enjoyed by all. It was getting late so the speeches were short with Phil finishing with a big grin on his face as he related the overall score.

 

Ian ( Harry ) Potter


Sussex v Bedfordshire at Seaford 2019

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As the Captain surveyed the scene, he contemplated if this match would define his Captaincy and his legacy….

 

Meanwhile, away from Edgbaston, Captain Phil Williamson felt much the same at Seaford. It was a beautiful day, sunny and warm with a light breeze. With both teams bizarrely wearing identical colours, a splendid lunch was taken, the formal welcome made by Home Captain John G Jones and the oft changed pairings announced.

 

And so, it began…

 

(Australia had chosen to bat, and England had unbelievably reduced them to 14 for 3!)

 

Back at Seaford, Captains Phil and John strode out to the tee determined to set the pace against the experience of Captain Chris Foster and Secretary Bob Roberts. A very tight battle ensued, no quarter asked or given, until Sussex gradually gained the upper hand. Helped by a 3-putt from Bedfordshire on the 16th which gifted them a half, Sussex led by 2. Now “dormy”, the match was clinched 2&1 by a magnificent second shot to 3 inches by John on the 17th. (Applause)

 

Second up, our impoverished President Ian Wood was accompanied by Harold “2 desserts” Knight. Woody & Buzz put Bedfordshire’s Martin and Dave to the sword, the former “playing out of his socks!” Clearly Martin did not enjoy his trip to the seaside, wearing out his sand iron in the process. The outcome of this Toy story was a 5&4 win for Sussex.

 

(At this juncture, two important events happened. Australia were all out for 223 and the Sussex Vice-Captain was informed that his playing partner, Nigel Powell had deserted him. A phone call regarding a catastrophic incident saw Nigel return home, leaving no time to summon a replacement).

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We had now reached the 3rd match which featured Joe Angella and Immediate Past Captain Peter “Tarzipan” Ward pitched against Nick and Dave for the visitors. Things did not start well for our heroes as they went 2 down after 4 holes. After a motivational word from Pete, Joe got his a**e in gear and started to produce the goods, enabling them to reach the turn 1 up – Pete’s contribution a net birdie on the 8th – SI One. They continued to keep the pressure on, and Bedfordshire finally succumbed 4&2.

 

So, we come to game 4 that had Bedfordshire’s Vice-Captain Mike Davies and partner Syd Pniewski only opposed by his opposite number. At first, Keith made light of his situation going 2 up but, the concession of 3 and 7 shots respectively took its toll. One down at the turn, he levelled again only for Bedfordshire to finally pull away to record a 4&2 victory.

 

The match following fared even worse as Bedfordshire’s Martin and Barry found their form from the off, leaving Des Malcolm and Dave Harmer trailing in their wake. Matters hardly improved when Des’s magnificent shot to the 11th green was played with Keith’s ball from the 12th! They were ultimately defeated 7&5 at which point Des started playing really well…….

(England were rattling along at 142-2 at this point – surely, they couldn’t win, could they?)

In our batting order, Brian Street and Craig Millyard were selected at no 6, set against the Dave’s of Bedfordshire. The front nine was advantage Bedfordshire by 1 hole as Craig impersonated a Red Arrows display. Sussex’s own antique Brian (old and valuable) must have found carrying Craig too much, hitting the green on the long par three 15th, only to forget he had a shot and take 3 putts! Undaunted, a superb birdie by Craig at the last spared his blushes and ensured a half was registered as the result.

 

The contest in Match 7 between Sussex’s Alan Butcher and our Secretary Mark Terry versus Derek and Robbie for Bedfordshire ended in favour of the visitors. Their steady game kept them out of trouble which together with good use of their shots, led to a 3&2 away triumph.

 

Great golf was evident in the 8th game, with one player from each side playing under their handicap. Sussex were represented by Dave “Santa” Wilkins and Mark “The Special One” Dunn but Santa’s comments did not say who the Sussex player was who achieved that feat! This game perhaps unsurprisingly finished all square – a fair outcome for such a close encounter.

 

The pairing of Norman Beaney and Kevin Heanen appeared to be inspired as our duo prospered in the sun. They were helped by Bedfordshire’s Dave and Stuart finding 8 bunkers in 10 holes. Kevin’s remark that Stuart join the Desert Rats was probably not appreciated! It was Kevin’s long putt on the 10th that established the lead, that despite Norman reaching the SI 8th in two and losing to a net birdie. It was that man Heanen again with another long putt on the 16th that closed out the match 4&2.

 

The final match-up was an Alias Smith & Jones remake featuring Sussex’s John Smith and Bedfordshire’s John G Jones (another one!!). With supporting cast Richard Cowboy? Cowlard and Clive Bassindale the scene was set. In a nail-biting episode, the Sussex boys were robbed not once (16th) but twice (17th) to be gunned down by 1 hole.

 

FINAL RESULT:   SUSSEX 5  - BEDFORDSHIRE 5  

 

At the Clubhouse, the players all enjoyed well-earned drinks before tackling the showers, presumably installed by the Fire Brigade! The catering was up to Seaford’s high standards especially a memorable apple crumble.

Phil’s speech included the traditional thanks and he tossed in an unusual piece of advice, given to him by playing partner, Dr Jones.

Captain Chris for Bedfordshire echoed Phil’s thanks and gave the result which meant they retain the “Bedsex” Cup.

 

(Note; It appears only England were winners today – tough luck you Aussies!!)

 

Thus, players from both sides took their leave, off home to follow Phil’s suggestion?

 

Keith Talbot

Vice-Captain

 

 

 


London v Sussex at Enfield 2019

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It was a beautiful sunny Summer’s day as we all successfully negotiated the M25 to arrive at Enfield, relaxed after an uneventful journey. Actually, not quite all, as our esteemed President Ian “Woody” Wood, having tried to recreate the driving style of “Top Gear”, kerbed his very nice car. This resulted in wrecking two wheels and an anxious wait for his friends from AA. (Note Not the ones you’re thinking – the motoring ones. They were quick but then he is a “GOLD” member!). They called up a mobile tyre fitting crew who, despite the damage, only needed to replace the two tyres. A much-relieved Woody was pleased to be operational again but looked decidedly pale having been “relieved” of £400 for the privilege. It felt like open wallet surgery to a Yorkshireman.

 

Meanwhile, the rest of our team and the geezers from London were enjoying a cold buffet of excellent quality. Captain Phil Williamson and Match Secretary, the incomparable John Nugent announced the match pairings. John clearly deeming Match 5 unimportant as he skipped over it. That said, he redeemed himself by organising water for every player on their first tee.

 

And so, it began…

 

First out, Captain Peter Cansick and Captain Phil were supported respectively by local Enfield Captain Jonathan Foster and our Sec Mark Terry, in what looked likely to be a close match. So, it proved to be, the close encounter settled only in the last two holes, sadly in favour of the home side by 2up. Jonathan endeared himself to the Sussex pair by providing a running commentary throughout the game – unfortunately neither Phil nor Mark could find the mute button! Maybe he thought he was being helpful…..  

 

Second up was the Yorkshire tea drinking duo, Vice-Captain Keith Talbot and Immediate Past Captain Peter Ward. Facing Keith’s opposite number, Alan Hill and partner Dave Alldread, the first nine holes saw Pete in majestic form and Keith less so. Indeed, walking to the 10th tee, Pete appeared to be humming Leo Sayer’s “I’m a one-man band” as they led by 1 hole. At last, Keith started to contribute, culminating in a net birdie on the SI one hole putting them 3 up. A great par by Pete on the 16th closed out the match to register a 4&3 victory.

 

And so, to the third game, which saw Andrew Newman and Derek May battle London’s mighty “Daves” – Stiff opposition indeed! The locals missed several chances to build a lead on the front nine but powered ahead coming home, despite two birdies from Mr May. The resultant 2up victory gave London another point.

 

And so to Sussex’s equivalent of the Andy Murray & Serena Williams pairing, Andy Plowright and Nigel Wates in the fourth match. Playing London’s “Tiddymen”, the warning signs were evident early on as the visitors lost the first, then the second …

ultimately crashing to a 6&4 defeat. They were apparently speechless after the contest? so what can I say.

(Ed note: I may have misheard the Captain, but I thought he said they were a pair of bankers – presumably he was expecting them to win!)

 

Fifth out and last off the first, were that ever-reliable pairing of Dave Schwartz and Mark “The Special One” Dunn, who avoided the Snare set for them by London. By demonstrating their mastery of the greens, (they were quickish), they outplayed their hosts to notch up a 6&4 success for Sussex.

 

Match 6, the first off the 10th tee, had the barely recovered Woody in tandem with Dave “Santa” Wilkins. Early exchanges were even but then despite going behind, they avoided the wheels coming off. Gradually they found the accelerator, kept the show on the road, except for the odd ditch, and steered themselves home to a 4&3 Triumph. Wheely well done! especially Santa who has a great winning record this year.

 

Different story in Game 7, where Ian “Harry” Potter and Ken Penfold were not so fortunate. This was another close encounter, the hosts narrowly ahead at the turn. They stretched this to 3 up but a magical comeback from Sussex’s P combo was thwarted on the 17th when London sank a 20ft putt, to record another home success by 2&1.

 

In Match 8, Sussex had its “walking wounded” only they were actually in a buggy! Mitch Clark and Tommy Pether, the latter a former Enfield member, edged out their London opponents for a well deserved 2&1 victory. Much banter was in evidence throughout the contest as all four players were Londoners (North & South) – bet Tommy mentioned Arsenal at least 10 times!

 

Featured in the ninth game, were the two Sussex rookies, Peter Brookshaw and Bill Milford, eagerly looking forward to their challenge against London’s Irvine and Roger. It was a rude awakening to “Captains” golf as “Pedro the bandit” and the “Highlander” never gave our lads a chance and registered an 8&6 home win. Still, in an odd sort of way it was fun, and no-one said it would be easy……

 

The final encounter had Ian Frampton and the venerable John Benoy up against our old friend John Nugent and his no doubt hand-picked partner Dick McDaniell. According to Mr B, Sussex were fortunate to be all square after 9 holes but eventually they succumbed for London to secure a 2&1 victory. John B did describe his London adversaries as “charming company” so perhaps the heat was getting to him! Then again, he is eighty something!

(Ed note: Seriously, well played Mr Nugent – our paths will cross again…….)

 

 

FINAL RESULT:     LONDON 6   SUSSEX 4  

 

The post-match hospitality was again first class – a great credit to Enfield both for the course and the catering. Home Captain Jonathan’s few words extended to a bizarre toast whilst both Captains Peter and Phil were witty and brief, thanking everyone involved for such an enjoyable day.

 

Back in the car, Pete’s Sat Nav was still sulking ………..

 

Keith Talbot

Vice-Captain 

Sussex v SLC - SGA at Haywards Heath 2019

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The annual match v The Sussex Lady Captains (SLC-SGA) was held once again at Haywards Heath Golf Club resulted in a half meaning the Ladies retained the trophy for another year.

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