Large Field for Ray Goatley Memorial

Eastbourne Downs members turned out in large numbers on Sunday to play in the Ray Goatley Memorial, a competiton played in memory of former junior section organiser and helps raise funds for the Captains Charity - The National Autistic Society, The British Heart Foundation and Junior funds.

In the continuing fine weather teams of 4 - each with a junior member in their ranks competed in a Texas Scramble format for the trophy which was presented by Ray’s sister Mrs Jean French.

The winning team was Macauley England, Graham Deacon, Graham Hatfield & Les Ford with an excellent nett score of 57. A close second was Callum England, James Packer, Rod Caffrey & Mark Cresswell on 57.6 with Louie Highfield, Graham Berry, Ashley Richardson & Philip Bell in third place on 58.4.

Best team without a Junior; Barry Stonard, Mark Van Wyk, Dave Inch & Kieran Reidy on 56 followed by John Lynch, Roger Geering, Kevin Elphick & Paul Everett on 57.8.

Following the golf and an excellent lunch the Club held a charity auction raising over £800.

Ladies Blackmer Trophy:The ladies enjoyed wonderful weather for their Blackmer Stableford Trophy which was won by Judy Milne with 32 points. Second was Jenny Hughes (26) just ahead of Sue Mills (25).

Plummer Salver: The inform winners of the Summer Mixed Knockout triumphed again in the Mixed Greensomes Plummer Salver played in ideal conditions, Dave Whatley and Caroline Abbott lifted the Salver with 41pts ahead of Paul Staples and Irene Hitchcock on 38. Afterwards all the players enjoyed a fine meal and drinks to celebrate Whatley’s magnificent hole-in-one on the 14th.

Senior Golf: The Seniors played a Stableford competition in which Dave Kemp came out on top with 40 points just ahead of Tony White (39). Derek Springall took 3rd place with 37 on countback from Jack O’Hara, Tony Warren & David Philpott.

Earlier Seniors Captain, Chris Broughton, hosted past Seniors Captains for a stableford competition and lunch. 7 competed in the golf with Colin Whiteman lifting the trophy with 36 points. 14 enjoyed a superb lunch, served up by Paula Collins and her team, during which there was much enjoyable reminiscing on happy times on the course.