Kent v Sussex at Sene Valley

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On a humid and cloudy day the majority of the Sussex team arrived in good time for an excellent Ploughman’s Lunch – the late arrivals, Captain Peter Ward and VC Phil Williamson received rapturous applause when they eventually turned up – well either that or a slow handclap!


Apparently, Captain Peter wanted to take a slightly circuitous route to Sene Valley via Margate (approximately 40 minutes away from our intended venue).

After a candyfloss, an ice cream cornet and a ride on a donkey Peter felt he had better get a move on and think about playing some golf!  These satnavs can be very confusing if you put the wrong postcode in!


And so to the matches.


Match 1.  There is no doubt that the emotional rollercoaster of a journey upset the Captain – he didn’t even have time for his calming pre lunch pint of Guinness before he rushed onto the 1st tee.  It took Peter several holes to come to terms with his Round Britain Tour  - so much so that IPC Brian Street complained of backache at the halfway stage as the golfing burden of supporting Tarzipan was considerable.  However we breed ‘em tough in Sussex and Peter soon relaxed into a good back nine with our boys running out as winners 2 up!


Match 2.  Snooky and Nigel Wates were too strong for the men of Kent. Nigel continuing his excellent current form amassed 4 birdies in the first 9 holes and I am advised that Peter Snook was “solid” – not sure if that was a reference to his girth or his golf.  No matter, our opponents were gracious in defeat – super company and a good time was had by all.  Sussex won 3 & 2.


Match 3.  A hard fought match from start to finish was eventually settled with 2 winning puts on the 17th and 18th – fortunately, on this occasion in favour of our boys Eric Hardwick and Ifield Chairman Richard Cowlard. Richard commented that he felt the course was tough on his legs (he only has short ones) and that he enjoyed some very interesting walks.   Interesting comments in themselves?  Who selects these people?   Win for Sussex 2 up!


Match 4.  No brotherly love in this match!   With the opposing Lamb brothers – Richard  (Kent) v Andy (Sussex) both off 5 handicap this was always going to be a tough match – even though Andy was very well supported by President Neil Smith who amongst other things secured a net eagle on one of the par 5’s.   A closely contested affair saw Kent sneek over the line 1up.  Baa Baa!


Match 5.   A most enjoyable game where every player managed a birdie.  Our Hon Sec Mark Terry, very well supported by Tom Hutchinson, engineered an emphatic 5 & 4 win. Steve Olley’s (Kent) birdie on the 3rd might well have been contested by Tom if his ball had not hit the marker post!   What are the chances of that happening on a regular basis?  The Hon Sec was a little weary after the match – it was a bit uphill and down dale – one of the Kent boys commented that when heading downhill it’s uphill on the way back – bright these boys from Kent!


Match 6.   Suffice it to say that Dave Wilkins and partner John Payne received a right royal stuffing!  Lost 6 & 4.  Dave had a funny feeling that it would all turn out badly when he won the first hole played – The Kent boys became very upset thereafter and that was the key turning point in the match.  “Santa” has offered to send them something nice for Christmas if they leave him a mince pie and a glass of sherry when he calls in!


Match 7.   Dave Kemp and the VC (and editor on this occasion) secured a half in a game that ebbed and flowed from the outset.  At one stage our opponents were 2 up and then we got to 2 up only to get back to all square on our 18th (9th).  With Sene Valley former Captain Brian showing off his putting skills and Graham receiving 10 shots it was always going to be difficult but we had a good laugh and a beer or two afterwards.  Graham was Captain of Ashford only a few years ago and takes on the role again on the 1st January – may help to get his handicap down a bit before the next time we play!  Am I bitter or what – giving shots on par3’s !


Match 8.   Tim Ingram and President Elect, Ian Wood enjoyed a hard fought match but by their own admission were not firing on all cylinders – well we know what Woody’s like so that’s no surprise in his case!  Even so, and despite the fact that luck wasn’t with them (heard that before?) they battled on in true Sussex style.  Our 2 birdies were matched by 2 from Kent to maintain their slight lead through to the end.  Lost 2 & 1 but a close game played in a good spirit.


Match 9.   Big Andy Plowright (i.e. tall) and big Gordon Eaton (i.e. wide) had a very close contest with only one hole in it most of the way round with some great puts dropping in for both sides.  The terrain was getting the better of Gordon after the first 9 holes so a buggy was procured for the back 9.  The impact was immediate perking up his golf no end with great halves on 10 and 11. Our boys holed a “smelly” 7-footer on the 18th for a very good half.


Match 10.  ”Harry” Potter and David Sinden were unable to generate enough magic on this occasion to avoid defeat going down in the last match of the day 3 & 1.  After the first 15 holes, 14 were halved and our boys were only one down thanks to David’s steady game and Harry’s lucky chip ins.  However, with Kent’s Nigel playing their back 9 (front 9) in 1 over our fine team eventually succumbed.


Overall Result – Match Halved


Phil Williamson

Vice Captain 2018

Patron’s Day at Crowborough Beacon

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Harry Read (L) and Barry Peate (R) with Patron, Dave Harmer

Defending your title is never easy but for one half of the Cottesmore winning pair it was achieved.  Harry Reed who's partner this year was Barry Peate excelled with 45 points at Crowborough Beacon Golf Club,  3 points clear of their nearest contenders.

Second with 42 points (24 on back 9) were Nigel Wates and Andrew Newman from The Nevill.  Just pipping their club colleagues Bryan Fairbrass & Richard Fung On who had 42 points with 21 on the back 9.

Fourth were Ian Burgess and Alan Covey of Mannings Heath and Ifield with 41 points.

Nearest the pin on the 6th went to Barry Peate of Cottesmore and on the 13th Reg Auchterlonie of Pyecombe.

Queen’s Jubilee at The Nevill

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This competition is held annually features teams of eight from Bedfordshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, London, Oxfordshire & Sussex Golf Captains.

Initially started in 1977 it has grown to be one of the important fixtures of the Golf Captains organisations.

This year Sussex were hosts courtesy of The Nevill Golf Club.

After a bit of reorganising due to half of the London team being held up on the M25, play got on the way at 1pm after a Ploughman’s Lunch. The teams were welcomed at lunch by Nevill Club Captain, Andrew Newman.

Heavy rain also dampened the first nine holes with the greens quickly becoming flooded.  However, after a 20 minute break halfway the Hon Sec decided play should continue and as expected greens drained quickly and the skies slowly began to brighten.

The winning team were the London Captains with 178 (pictured above with SGC Captain, Peter Ward)

2nd Kent 170 points

3rd Essex 168 points

4th Bedfordshire 160 points

5th Sussex 156 points

6th Oxfordshire 152 points

7th Hampshire 149 points

The best individual score went to London Captain Phil Dowson of Fulwell Golf Club with 33 points.

After a superb dinner John Murray, London Captain explained during his acceptance speech that the original Trophy had been mislaid and a replacement is being sourced.  Hopefully this will be available in time for the 2019 fixture hosted by Hampshire at Stoneham on August 15th next year.

Our thanks go to Nevill Golf Club for hosting this event and to our Starters John Benoy and Dave ‘Santa’ Wilkins.  Cards were checked by Dave Harmer and Mark Terry assisted by Essex Secretary, Peter Freeman.

The Gordon Clark Cup - Brighton & Hove

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Part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2014 was to introduce a Past Captains and Presidents’ Golf Day.  The following year Gordon Clark from the Nevill (Captain of the SGC 1998) donated a wonderful trophy.

It has become customary to hold this event at the SGC Captain’s home Club therefore this year it was played at Brighton & Hove.

The winner with 33 points was ken Wenham of Littlehampton, a past Captain Pyecombe.

Second with 31 was Dave Hirons of Cowdray Park just beating the Honorary Secretary, Mark Terry on count back also with 31 points.

A superb dinner was served with thanks to chef, Mark Hillyer and the Captain, Peter Ward kindly provided Port for the 22 present.

Thanks go to Ian Jaggard who did a great job as starter and to Gordon Clark.

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An array of Captain’s

Mark Terry was not expecting this when he got to the 7th green!

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