Captains v Secretaries at Bognor Regis

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On a glorious mid October Day, and after a hearty and generous Full English breakfast, Captain Brian Street led his fellow Sussex Captains to a closely contested victory.  A fitting end to our final match of the season.

 

Ever since Brian’s motivational speech on the eve of our first West Country tour match against Wiltshire the boys have risen to the challenge - a great year with outstanding friendship. Well done skipper!

 

And so to our annual challenge match against our Club Secretaries and Managers;

 

Match 1.  Under lovely sunny skies Captain Brian Street returned to the fray with Bognor Captain Norman Lee.  A great match to win with some very low handicappers on show (1, 5 and 6 – not the Captain I hasten to add).  Norman’s local knowledge proved to be the deciding factor.  Brian has had a difficult year healthwise – and despite such adversity it was great to see him out on the course once again.  Win 3 & 2.  James Maclean, the Bognor Secretary, I sensed was a little miffed when announcing the results – tough, should have played better!!

 

Match 2.  VC Peter Ward & Secretary Mark Terry were unfortunately treated to a fine display of golf from Paul Bodle (Ham Manor).  Paul shot a gross 66, including 6 birdies!  Paul was kind enough to give Mark some on course advice which did help (but looking at the score only marginally).  Tarzipan provided the banter as usual.  Loss 5 & 4.  Peter will need to start next year on the same run as Brian finished this year – fine chance!

 

Match 3.  Well would you believe it!  President Eddie Noyce led our pair to smash their 2 scratch opponents Steve Graham and Rebecca Prout, 5 & 3.  Eddie told me the Captain deliberately selected his best pairing to take on the “Pros”. Oh – and by the way – I forgot to mention Eddie was helped by one of our own super stars Terry Vanhinsbergh – Terry made a modest contribution to the teams success with 6 birdies in 11 holes!!  Great result guys and very well played!

 

Match 4. Tour Chief Barman Nigel Wates continued to display his caring attitude by carrying round our President elect Neil Smith – Nigel mentioned to me in the bar afterwards he was suffering from a bad back given the heavy load!  The Sussex boys were too good for their opponents and ran out winners 3 & 1. It was apparently a low scoring game played in great spirit – original comments I love!

 

Match 5. Now how pathetic is this!  The two Purton Ladies (Mum Elaine and daughter Nikki) didn’t allow IPC Jags and boyfriend Harold Knight to even win a single hole!  Now come on boys this can only be described as a proper stuffing – being gracious in defeat is not enough – back to the range you boys!  (Elaine was Lady Captain at Mannings Heath the same year as Ian Jaggard was their Club Captain – she out drove him off the white tees at their drive in – nothing seems to have changed!)

 

Match 6.  Now we know Norman Milburn is ageing but to forget you have a shot on the final hole and then pick up for a half is seriously enroute to dementia! Match was halved but I need to seriously consider if Norman if capable of being my tour roomy in the future – can he remember how to make a good cup of tea in the morning?  In fairness, Keith Talbot, Norman’s playing partner, said Norman was often “imperious” during the course of the round.  Do you think Keith knows what this means?

 

Match 7.  Jerry Hibbs and Tony Bauckham looked like a very strong pairing on paper but sadly were seriously disadvantaged when “Harry” Postman Potter - playing in the group behind – airmailed a 4 iron shot straight onto Jerry’s thumb. Well when I say straight I mean it was the straightest shot he had hit all day (see following report).  Our boys went down early and never quite got back into the driving seat.  Match lost.  I have given Jerry the name of Ian’s legal representative.

 

Match 8.  Ian Potter gave me a few comments for this report.   He started with  “Sorry again Jerry “.  Ian was partnered by big boy Andy Plowright  - their combined 32 stones was too much for light weights Ian Evans (retarded) and Derek Howe (26i).  Andy gave Derek 14 shots but was still able to win the match 1 up.  Ian is currently working on his long game on the basis he might be able to help any forthcoming partners he may have in the future – if ever selected again!

 

Match 9.  Now John Pyne is a former Captain of Copthorne and also the Club’s former Secretary – today he was playing for the Secretaries team against Mark Dunn and myself.  He was partnered by the youthful James Nairn from Crowborough.  Now with dual loyalty, on the short 5th hole, John decided to smash his partner over the head with a 7 iron (by accident I hasten to add).  Even though yours truly administered first aid, the blow to the head did not stop James recording his 3rd birdie on the trot.  We came back with a couple of birdies of our own and finally completed the job on the 15th with a 5 & 3 win.  James left early to go home and play NHS “doctors and nurses” with his partner – she was going to leave him in the Hall on a trolley for 2 weeks!

 

Match 10.  Our last pair out were “Santa”Wilkins  and local boy Richard Jays.  I asked Richard if he would write a few words about their match – he said “ Give it to Santa – he has done FA to day, it’s about time he contributed”.  I love the team spirit of the Sussex Captains.  Dave said the Secretaries never wilted – unlike him?  Lots of good shots, lots of birdies, smashing game, great golf from the Secretaries.  Dave had just returned from sampling real ale in Cornwall for 3 days – I think it took its toll!  

Lost 2 & 1.

 

Result Sussex Captains 5½   Managers and Secretaries 4½


Phil Williamson


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