Reciprocals @ West Sussex Golf Club
13th October 2022
Competition – Individual teams
Format – 18 Holes Stableford ½ combined off full handicaps
1st, 2nd & 3rd places
|1||14:00||Robert Forster – Martlets||NA||Iain Robertson & Chris Spink – Rye G.C.||26|
|2||14:08||Mark Bowden & Steve Pook – Martlets||30||Tony Bauckham & Bob Mitchell – West Sussex G.C.||32|
|3||14:15||Simon Flind & Tim Woodcock – Martlets||23||John Trainer – Purchasers & Tony Monteuuis – Band of Brothers||26|
|4||14:23||Mike Stewart & Tony Hunt – Cooden Beach G.C.||18||Stuart Munt & Mike King – Crowborough G.C.||23|
|5||14:30||Steve Hartridge & Michael Phillipps – Martlets||30||Neil Lancaster & Mike Kennedy – East Brighton G.C.||33|
|6||14:38||Peter Scaramanger & Dan Jackson – Martlets||33||Chris Litterick & Martyn Collyer – Royal Ashdown Forest GC||30|
|7||14:45||Simon Ballie-Hamilton & Mark Stevenson – Martlets||31||Simon Bulteel & Neil Hart – Piltdown G.C.||28|
|1st||Neil Lancaster & Mike Kennedy – East Brighton G.C. 33 points (17 back 9)|
|2nd||Peter Scaramanger & Dan Jackson – Martlets 33 points (13 back 9)|
|3rd||Tony Bauckham & Bob Mitchell – West Sussex G.C. 32 points|
|The Martlets were delighted to welcome the match managers and guests from our host clubs to a damp West Sussex G.C. After heavy overnight rain that had quickly drained away through the sandy lowland heath terrain of the Pulborough course, we were presented with playing surfaces in excellent condition for mid-October.
Meeting up in the bar at Midday were most of the Martlets match managers and a selection of Martlet members. Warm welcomes and banter abound, a superb 2 course lunch with wine supplied by the Martlets was consumed. We were delighted to welcome Mr Paul Walker Chairman of the Sussex Martlets as an additional lunch guest.
The golf got underway at 2pm with the first group teeing off. The format for this year’s reciprocals match was a pairs 18 holes Stableford foursomes. The competition involved 13 pairings competing for 1st, 2nd & 3rd prizes. With two guests dropping out the day before, Robert Forster (Hon Sec) played with Iain Robertson and Chris Spink of Rye G.C. to mark their card.
West Sussex with its reputation of subtle borrows on its green and a combination of challenging par three holes and several long par fours, birdies are hard to come by for most all who play the Pulborough course. The scoring certainly reflected this fact and the pairing of Neil Lancaster & Mike Kennedy of East Brighton G.C. playing West Sussex for the first time posted a very respectable score of 33 points, with 17 of these coming on the more difficult back nine. In second place were Peter Scaramanger & Dan Jackson – Martlets from Royal Ashdown G.C. and Reigate Heath G. C. who also posted a score of 33 points; however, they fared less well on the back nine only scoring 13 points which put them in second place. Third place went to the West Sussex pairing of Tony Bauckham and Bob Mitchell who were unable to maximise home course advantage to score any better than 32 points.
We are delighted to report that the cohort of match managers and guests from our host clubs were highly appreciative of the hospitality which was made even more special by the excellent Pulborough course and the warm welcome afforded by the staff at West Sussex G.C.
We look forward to the 2023 fixture which is scheduled for the 18th of October.
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