Great conditions lead to a busy week for Downs members

Eastbourne Downs golf course was in excellent condition and the weather fantastic for a busy week of competitions.

A large field of visitors competed in the Seniors Open, a 4BBB Stableford, with many familiar faces taking part. The favourable conditions led to some excellent scores being posted in what proved to be a very close fought contest. Last year’s runners up, Neil Bourton & Len Hughes, Hollingbury Park, went one better this time to take first place with an excellent 44 points. Just 1 point behind in 2nd place on 43 were Wilf King & Roy Marshall, Haywards Heath, on countback from 3rd placed Alan Haywood & Dermott Barry, Haywards Heath & Sweetwoods, also on 43 points. Best front nine went to Andy Stevens & Bob Jones, Copthorne, with 23 points with best back nine going to Paul Newman & Alan Marsh, Worthing on 21 points. Nearest the pin on the 12th was Richard Moakes, Highwoods, and nearest the pin in 2 on the 18th was Neil Bourton, Hollingbury Park.

Earlier in the week the Ladies and Seniors played the second round of the Willcocks Mixed Greensomes. Julie Crane & Peter Lawrence proved to be the standout pairing with a superb 44 points; finishing 5 clear of second placed Margaret Kavanagh & David Bell on 39. This result, when combined with their carried forward scores from the first round with different partners, was enough make Julie and Peter the overall Willcocks Cups winners on 77 and 79 points respectively.  

The Seniors September Medal was closely contested by a large field with good scores returned. Tony Elphick on 69 took the honours in Division 1 just ahead of Paul Shing and Chris Palmer who both finished with 70 and were separated on countback. Alan Broughton shot 68 to take Division 2 from Trevor Berry & John Kavanagh who both had 70 and were also split by countback.

To wind up the week all sections of the club took part in one of several events held each year to raise funds for the Captains’ Charities. In a shotgun start teams of 4 played a stableford competition with the best three scores counting on each hole. With ¾ handicap allowance low handicappers were likely to have an edge and so it proved with the winning team - Craig Manser, Phil Manser, Ian Moon & Peter Cable - all single figures and returning 113 points to finish 5 clear of second placed Roger Geering, Nicky Reeves, John Lynch & Kevin Elphick on 108. In third place on 107 were James Packer, Rob Caffrey, Mark Cresswell & Colin Davis.