Captains Corner – April 2013
The Spring Meeting was played in fine but very blustery conditions last week and the wind certainly played its part in the afternoon session on the Kingfisher when all high shots were severely punished. The main prizes of the day went to Nikki Purton and Margaret Edwards who shot a remarkable net 67 and was rewarded with a handicap cut that moves her back to the Silver division.
Well done to both of them and to Susan and Marion who organised the day for us.
We have been knocked out of the Daily Mail Competition by Cottesmore but now have the Kathleen Rider Competition to look forward to which is being hosted by Cottesmore this year.
It is the Invitation on the Waterfall on the 23rd for which we have a very good turnout – let’s hope the weather cooperates and our guests enjoy their day.
Mel Gunn – Seniors Captain
It’s a great honour and pleasure to be Captain of this busy section of the club. There’s always something going on and this year we’ve added to the variety during the winter months by joining a winter league. We have therefore brought another 5 home and away fixtures into the calendar to complement the 34 ‘friendly’ matches we play against other clubs during the summer months.
There is a year round competition calendar with trophies and order of merit point to be won. These competitions take place on Mondays and on days when there are no competitions join us for an informal roll-up. If that’s not enough and you like singles match play – what about entering one of the two knockout competitions that are held each year?
For more information, please enquire at the pro-shop.
2012 - 13
I have not been about much recently as a family illness means I am writing this from sunny Athens. There has however been a lot of activity at the Club, including some strong performances from the men's teams.
On May 4 the Pyecombe Pitcher team gained a very creditable draw away against a strong Bognor side to get this year's campaign off to a good start. After narrowly losing the first two matches Kevin Dixon and Steve Wright halved match three, and wins for Andy Main partnered by Rob Sloman and Aaron Peacock with John Procter followed, with comprehensive four shot wins in the scratch better ball medal format.
Trevor Loftus sent through the following report following a great performance against Copthorne on Saturday May 11;
"On Saturday we played our second round match in the county scratch knockout competition at home against local rivals Copthorne. We knew this would be a tough match as they were beaten finalists last year and we were not disappointed as they opened up a 3-1 lead after the morning foursomes. Our point came courtesy of an excellent win by Richard Burton and Tom Thurloway. With an overall 6-6 draw meaning the away team would progress to the next round we had to win 5 1/2 points out of a possible 8. At one stage the unlikely looked likely as Richard Burton and Tom Thurloway both won their singles matches to give them 100% records on the day. Additional wins followed from Andy Main, Luke Bennett and Elliott Webster - making his debut. However we could not quite get that vital last 1/2 point which means we go out of the competition after a fantastic team effort.
It should be borne in mind that the Copthorne team handicaps were much lower than ours so this was an outstanding effort. (Copthorne had four players with handicaps of 1 and two each with handicaps of 2 and 3 ! ) We are improving as a team and now have a home match against Hollingbury in the plate on 1 June.
Finally can I thank those people who have come to watch us in our two matches so far this year. The team really do appreciate the support and hopefully more of you will find the time to support us in future matches, even if it is for only an hour or so. You will see some excellent golf. "
I would echo Trevor's sentiments in his final para. A friendly face giving a bit of encouragement can make all the difference, especially if things are not going our way.
We suffered a setback in the Cyril Blake event when we went down 3:1 against Highwoods at home on Monday in the foursomes match play event. We have however a home draw in the Plate on June 3rd so look forward to a good run in that. On the upside we visit Pyecombe in August with a healthy 11 hole advantage after Sunday's match as we look to regain the trophy in this longstanding annual match.
On the mixed side our two vice-captains Sandra Roberts and Steve Wild had an outstanding score of 43 points to lift Enid's Urn on May 6th. Clearly the pressures of office are not adversely impacting their golf! The field of 24 pairs was the largest we have had for some time and we look forward to similar fields for the rest of the season.
Good luck to everybody participating in the Spring Meeting next week.
Keep the ball in play