|PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 9.9.19
Ladies Captain Gilly Steele and her Vice-Captain Lucy Jackson bore the burdens of office with a fine example this week, Lucy winning Div 1 with 38 points and Gilly following closely with 37. Patricia O'Shea's 39 won Div 2 and was the best score in all divisions, and Gilly Cambo recaptured her familiar position at the top of Div 3 with 37.
The men played a yellow-blue tee stableford. In this competitors can choose whether to play off blue or yellow, and to compensate for the blue tee advantage those who choose yellow add four to their handicap. Neil Cain's handicap of 15 therefore gave him 19 shots on the day, and even if you assume his winning score of 47 was really 43 that's still a damned good effort - and so congratulations to him. Anyway his handicap Is now 13!
PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 2.9.19
The Piltdown Juniors had their annual meeting for the Brown Bowl on Saturday, a stableford greensome over 18 holes in which a junior is paired with an adult, not necessarily a family member - in fact this time two of the club's top stars, Nick Cooling and Kahil Edwards-Sealy, gallantly filled in. However, neither won the Bowl, which went to David and Finlay Willis for their excellent score of 40 points. There was also a nearest-the-pin prize at the 18th for juniors only, but sadly no junior managed to get a ball on this particular green! The very young, mostly under ten and not yet provided with a handicap, played an 8-hole foursome, again with an adult partner, off the orange (long way forward) tees. Alasdair and Jamie Smith won this with 16 points. Congratulations, not just to the winners but to all forty players who took part in this highly successful and enjoyable day, and to Piers Heagerty and Lucy Jackson who organised it.
Earlier Charlie Gooders won the men's midweek stableford with an indecent 45 points, with Alistair Parker and David Willis (again) dragging along behind with a mere 42. In the ladies' stableford Sue Gould-Davies had an excellent gross 78, winning Div 1 with a decisive 44 points. Isabelle Marsh won Div 2 with 41 and Janie Taylor won Div 3 with 39.
Finally, competition in the men's section really hotted in pursuit of the Southon Salver. Martin Copperwheat won it with 45 points, just ahead of Simon Wooderson (44), Neil Hart (43), and 11 more in the forties.
PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 12.8.19
The Piltdown ladies are getting plenty of variety in their golf these days, with some imaginative formats operating on Thursdays. Last Thursday they played a Greensome off the blue tees and several scores in the forties were achieved: Sue Spurling and Sacha Newell won it with 43 points, on countback from Helen Gallagher and Carole Houston. On Sunday the ladies shone in a mixed multi-tee stableford which produced lots of high scores, Karen Langston winning the whole thing comfortably with 45 points. Then this Thursday in a straightforward stableford Captain Gillie Steele showed her class with a powerful 44 points, which easily won Div 1. Isabelle Marsh won Div 2 with 39 on countback from Carole Houston, and Mary Whichelow won Div 3 with 41.
After a long struggle with health problems Simon Dougall is getting back in the groove - perhaps playing better than ever. He won the July blue/yellow stableford and repeated it this month with a staggering 47 points. The recent superb quality of the greens has been reduced by the disturbing but necessary hollow-tining, so congratulations to all these high-class golfers of all ages and genders who are coping so well.
PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 29.7.19
The Sussex County Golf Union as usual held its annual Veterans Meeting at Piltdown on Thursday and Friday, and Paul Plant of East Sussex National became Champion with a very good gross 70, beating Martin Galway (husband of Piltdown Assistant Secretary Jo) by just two shots. Among the age group prizes was Piltdown's very own Ken Bulteel, who had the best gross score of the over 70s. Ken shone again in the next day's foursomes, which he and his partner Martin Tugwell won for the second year running, this time with an excellent 39 points. Some of the visitors were heard to say these were the best greens they had played on all year.
Hamish Porter, Simon Lapthorn and Josef Honsel scored 44 points each in the Yellow/Blue Stableford on Monday, but Hamish had the good fortune to have the best back nine. Seven men got 40 points or more; lots of handicaps are coming down these days. Thursday, readers will remember, was blisteringly, dangerously hot, and the Piltdown ladies, unable to play on their usual Thursday morning because the Sussex Vets were occupying the course, declined to play in the mid-day sun and took shelter in their shady gardens and swimming pools instead.
Congratulations to Derek Elphick on winning the President's Prize with an impressive 44 points. The Men's Open took place on the following day; the 84 players found the course in magnificent condition, and the Piltdown Buffet also went down very well. The winners were Mark Stevenson and his guest Andrew Lee from Walton Heath, who just pipped Peter Snook and John Blackwell from Haywards Heath on the last six.
PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 22.7.19
This week the Piltdown Ladies played a 36-hole medal over two days for the Enid Adair Challenge Cup, and Wendy Masters won it with a fine net total of 143, closely followed by Meg James's 144. Annie Dixon's 70 was the best score on the first day and Alison Hailwood's 68 on the second. On the second day the lesser fry played their own stableford off the blue tees, but there was nothing lesser about Sue Connor's astonishing 50 points, for which she was rewarded with a dramatic handicap cut of SEVEN!
Congratulations to Paul Fairbairn on becoming Seniors Champion! His 45 points, five more than joint runners-up Iain Hedley and John Graham, won him the Finch-Noyes Bowl and a handicap cut from 20 to 17. In the blue tee version for older gents Andrew Fox came top and won the Vyvyan Shield. Last Saturday, in spite of the overnight torrents and stormy winds, 88 competitors from far and wide (including New Zealand) enjoyed the Mixed Open, especially the Pimms and nibbles half-way round. The winning pair were from Ham Manor; the Piltdown winners were Simon Bulteel and his guest Aileen Simpson from Brockenhurst.
PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 15.7.19
Congratulations to Mike Mudie on becoming the new Piltdown Golf Club Champion. His gross total of 147 won the Mann Cup, and was three clear of Ben Todd, who had the consolation of winning the Gaunt Plate for the handicap version with nett 136. Tucked modestly among these triumphs was the club secretary's shy revelation that he came third in the scratch competition.
Earlier in the week Simon Dougall won the blue-or-yellow tee stableford on countback from James Warwick, both on 44. A historically rare event was the men's success in the annual match against the ladies for the coveted rolling pin.
Annie Orgill had the best score of the day in the ladies' stableford this week, a fine 40 points in Div 2. Div 1 went to Carol Hartley (39) and Div 3 to Trishia Blewitt (38). Congratulations to all three on a happy reward for their enthusiasm.
And so to the final triumph: the Piltdown SLOGGers finished their programme on top of their pool, way ahead of their nearest rivals Copthorne. Team Leader Iain Hedley thanked his men for their wholehearted golf and praised them all for their 'outstanding balance of fun and competitiveness'. In their final match, away at Ham Manor, they lost heavily, but what does that matter to such a band of brothers? We understand the open-top bus is on hold.
PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 1.7.19
The Piltdown Cyril Blake team won their quarter-final match at home against Cottesmore by 2 ½ : 1 ½. Shorn of several of the regular team members, on a golf tour in west Lancashire, a patched-up Piltdown team kept their nerve to turn round a match that had been heading away from them. But the last two holes were kind to Piltdown: Ken Bulteel/ David Shepherd and Nigel Steel/ Iain Hedley both won their matches 2 up. The third Piltdown pair lost, and the fourth, stand-in Match Manager Martin Tugwell and Adrian Simons, were dormie 2 down. However, they won the 17th and needed to win the par 3 18th to avoid the horror of a sudden death play-off. Tugwell, showing steely leadership qualities, put his tee-shot to 10 feet, paving the way for a winning par and a surprise half to secure an overall Piltdown victory.
Judy Roberts won the Thursday stableford with a commendable 35 points, one better than Brenda Allvey. Div 2 went to Patricia O'Shea (34 points) and Div 3 to Sheena Parker (35).
Then on Saturday the club enjoyed a glorious Club Day: hot sun all day with a bit of breeze, a course looking better than ever, thanks to massive overtime work by the staff, delightful on-course refreshments, superb meals in the clubhouse and a hundred and fifty golfers playing in the morning and afternoon competitions. What could be better! The morning was won by the Bulteel team (Ken and his three sons Simon, Peter and Paul), their score of 88 points slightly bested in the afternoon by the 89 of Brenda Allvey, her son Phil and Dennis and Clare Strong.
PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 24.6.19
First and foremost, an amazing SLOGGS result: Piltdown beat Pyecombe by 15 points to nil. Team leader Iain Hedley was speechless. Well, almost: the words superlative, unsurpassed, magnificent have tumbled out. He himself is humbled - or so he claims.
On a less stratospheric level, the ladies played 36 holes off scratch for the Club Championship. Congratulations to Clare Strong on becoming the new champion and winning the Duncan Cup with a gross score over the two rounds of 174, two better than runner-up Sue Gould-Davies. Judy Roberts won the handicap competition.
The ladies have an extra stableford at the weekend for the benefit of those who can't play on Thursday - but of course others can play if they want to. Usually so few take advantage that we don't bother to report the results. But this Saturday the scoring was worth noting: of the ten who played seven scored thirty points or more. Penny Malloy came top with 39 points, one more than Julie Scala.
PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 17.6.19
Paul Kennett is to be congratulated on winning the Piltdown Captain's Prize off the white tees and against a strong field with an impressive 39 points, which together with his exceptional recent performances resulted in a handicap cut from 9 to 7. Chris Ward and Simon Bulteel had 38 each, Chris taking the runner-up spot on countback.
The ladies are having an exceptional season under the inspiring leadership of their captain Gilly Steele. At the start they made the brave but clearly sensible decision not to enter a team in the very tough county Division One: it was becoming harder to field a competitive side, and trying to do so weakened the other teams. The results so far have proved the point: the Div 2 team, led by Lucy Jackson, and the Div 3 team, led by Annette Shelford, have both qualified for their respective quarter finals, for the first time for several years, by coming top of powerful groups. On top of all that our team of four came third out of 46 teams in the Kathleen Rider Foursomes at Ham Manor. In the weekly stableford Lucy Jackson was the winner in Div 1, Alison Hailwood in Div 2, and Tina Hatcher in Div 3.
Finally, in the Pyecombe Pitcher, an inter-club men's four-ball-better-ball competition off scratch, the Piltdown team beat Cowdray Park by four matches to one. A remarkable 11-year-old named Ethan Randall, handicap six, was in one of the winning pairs.
PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 9.6.19
On June 6th Piltdown men and ladies played their respective D Day Medal competitions. In the ladies' event Sue Gould-Davies recorded the lowest gross score with an excellent 80, no fewer than 9 shots better than anyone else in the field, but the medal went to Rosemary Burns with a superb nett 63. Runner-up was Chris Russell-Vick with a nett 63 to add to her recent achievements, in recognition of which her handicap has been slashed by five shots!
Simon Lapthorn's nett 62 won the men's medal in the afternoon of the same day. Roy Marshall and Nigel Steele tied for second on 64. Timothy Swait's impressive 75 was the best gross score. On Saturday the Piltdown Trophy, a foursomes stableford, revealed just how challenging the tiger tees are. So congratulations are due to William King and Jon Wale for a winning score of 32 points. Runner-up with 30 were Chris Ward and Guy Humphry-Baker.
The SLOGGS team lost to Copthorne, away, the league leaders and favourites to win it, by 8 points to five - but team leader Iain Hedley, who always looks on the bright side of life, reckons the home win by 9 points to six balances this away result. His latest pearl is this: there is a golden thread of positivity surging through this squad. Well done, Iain.
PILTDOWN GOLF CLUB. Press Report 3.6.19
Piltdown teams are continuing to thrive in county competitions: both the Cyril Blake team, led by Chris Manwaring, and the Birchwood Trophy team, led by Joe White, have reached their respective quarter-finals, and the ladies' Div 2 and Div 3 teams have a good chance of following suit.
In the men's stableford on Wednesday Peter Osborne came home with a princely 45 points, fully six points more than his closest rivals Malcolm Hunt and Roger Jordan, and had his handicap reduced by two as a result. On Monday the men competed in a medal round for the Sussex County Golf Union Claret Jug, which was won by Neil Hart with nett 65. Andrew Shaw was second with nett 66. Martin Copperwheat's 76 was the best gross score, and he and Neil qualify for the SCGU Jug Final at Dale Hill on October 1st. Congratulations and best wishes to them.