The Gordon Clark Cup - Cowdray Park

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Gordon Clark presents his trophy to Reg Auchterlonie of Pyecombe

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 Cowdray Park.

Unfortunately the weather was atrocious.  The constant rainfall resulted in flooded greens and unpleasant conditions for golf.  At lunch, Captain Brian Street decided that an 11 hole competition would take place playing 1 to 7 and then 15 to 18 with the view of reducing the time exposed to the elements.

21 Captains started and most finished having tried to putt through surface water which was evident on most of the greens.

The winner with 21 points was Reg Auchterlonie of Pyecombe (SGC Captain in 2004.  In 2nd place with 19 points was Harold Knight of Eastbourne Downs and 3rd, Committee man Tony Bauckham of West Sussex.

The evening meal was bought forward and was enjoyed by all.  The Captain very generously provided the Port which was much appreciated.

Next year the event will be hosted by Peter Ward at Brighton & Hove Golf Club.

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