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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