Sussex v Kent at Pyecombe

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On Thursday 31st August Sussex Golf Captains entertained Kent Golf Captains at Pyecombe in a long standing fixture. After a light lunch the battle commenced.

After going 3 down early, our Captain, Brian Street and Pyecombe's club captain, Gary Hunt, managed to get back to level at the turn. Nip and tuck then all the way to the 18th when a par from Brian won his match 1 up.

The second match was close until the very end when our pair from Ifield. Neil Smith and Richard Cowlard, lost 3/1. 

Next our 'youngsters’, Mark Terry and Nigel Wates, gained revenge over the same pair as last year with a fine 4 & 3 victory including 3 birdies.

Santa [Dave Wilkins] and Nigel Land started like a train going 3 up at the turn but then fading to all square on the 18th tee but prevailed on the last to win 1up.

The fifth pair out, Peter Snook and Ian Potter, never strayed from 1up or 1 down until the 17th, when a par from Ian, gave them a 2/1 victory

John Payne and Dave Kemp struggled against the young pair from Kent and despite receiving several shots lost 2 down. 

The 7th match featured our low handicapper Terry Vanhinsbergh with Harold Knight , known as the long and short of it!  Despite Terry giving 28 shots to the opposition and being 3 down at the turn, they managed to pull it back to a 2/1 victory.

Our 8th pair, Alan Butcher and Mike Sandford, were going well at 2 up and then seemed to blame the showery weather and the opposition feeding them sweets to fall away and lose 4/3. 

The 9th match would seem like a walkover with our pair, Tim Ingram and Nigel Evans, winning by a 'dogs licence'. Then you realised they were ganging up on one Kent man due to a no-show. 

Our last pair, Steve Tigg [another Ifield man- theres a theme hear somewhere] and John Kinnear starting well to go 2 up, but were pegged back at the turn. The back nine contained 8 halves but unfortunately one hole to Kent to give them a close win.

Overall a splendid win 6-4 for Sussex which pleased our Captain no end. A good meal followed, to include lots of chatter, reflecting the 'great spirit' shown all day by both sides.

Sussex 6 - Kent 4

Ian Potter


The Captains 

Brian Street (SGC) Gary Hann (Pyecombe GC) and William Albery (Kent)

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