Our venue for this keenly awaited contest was the delightful links course at Littlehampton. One of only two Sussex links, this one is always a pleasure to play. The picture slide show doesn’t quite do the course justice.
The Young Bucks thoroughly enjoyed their journey down; after all, who doesn’t like to be stuck in Bucking (At least I think that is what they said, although I may have misheard. Ed) traffic for three hours? Fortunately, they all made it safely.
Anyway, how would we fare? Would we end with a win? Would the Young Bucks head back up north with sand in the socks? Would our opponents manage to buck the winning trend? What’s the pie like? And what about the beer? Confused? You won’t be after this episode of Match Report.
Ian Potter (Captain) and Paul Gaylor (Littlehampton) played Tony Jefferies (Captain) and Peter Hill. Paul played exceptionally well, with no help whatsoever from Captain Ian, except for a half on Seven. Paul went two up before Tony and Peter won four holes on the trot to win 2&1.
Terry Vanhinsbergh and Paul Warley took on David Barker and Roger Clarke in a very close match up until the last few holes when Sussex ran out easy winners. Sorry, that should read “pulled ahead with a succession of pars and birdies”. Won 2&1.
Andy Plowright and Craig Millyard absolutely walloped David Balfour (Not that one. I know, I can’t believe there are two of them either. Ed) and Mike Lee. The Sussex pair were too strong for the young bucks, hitting them with birdies and eagles on the front nine. They raced to 5 up at the turn. Craig had three birdies and an eagle as Andy watched on in amazement. Despite a valiant attempt from the Bucks, Sussex ran out easy winners. Mike and David were gracious in defeat (See, definitely not that one. Ed). Won 8&6.
Joe Angella and Andy Lamb entertained Rod Jones and Gerry (Dave) McSloy. Having gone one down early, Sussex quickly pulled back Rod and Dave with some birdies. Andy and Joe were never down, and Andy’s six birdies kept the pressure on (Wait, six birdies? He must have played well. He did, Ed.). Won 5&4.
Chris Adamson and Bryan Mundy played with John Newell and Rob Southernden. This was an enjoyable match. The Young Bucks got off to a fast start, but Sussex got it back to level after six and then had to do it again by the tenth. Chris and Bryan got their noses in front as they headed home, eventually hanging on for a win on seventeen. Won 2&1.
Peter Brookshaw and Rasoul Shahilow had lots of fun with John Pettit and Richard Nightingale. It was a thoroughly enjoyable game; the course was in good condition, especially the bunkers. This was useful, as Rasoul had brought his bucket and spade. Most of the time, holes were won or lost with birdies and pars. Our opponents were fantastic company, and banter spiced up the round. We were won up on the seventeenth before bottling the last. Half.
Ian Wood and Garry Winwood entertained Trevor Murphy and Paul Kent. The bucks were very quickly out of the blocks. That Woody and Garry could not get on top of. As they say, the game was played in great spirit, with the Bucks coming out on top. The course was excellent and the weather kind, all in all, a good day. Lost 3&2.
Tim Ingram and Reg Auchterlonie played Buckaroo with Roger Warren and David Liston. Sussex got off to a flying start, leading by four holes after four (I sense a BUT coming. Ed). Bucks fought back to reach the turn one down. They dove-tailed beautifully on the back nine, making putts the Sussex pair couldn’t. The match was played in great spirit. Sussex went behind at seventeen, and our par on the last only achieved a half, meaning we lost 1 Down.
What a brilliant day. A gem of a golf course, great company and a lot of fun.
If you haven't played Littlehampton, add it to your list; it's well worth the trip. The Bucks lads loved it. As for the most important part of the report, the Youngs beer was in excellent condition and went down a treat . The Old Thumper was nice, but at 5.5% a bit strong for those drinking and driving. Now, they made individual pies; these were excellent. Full flavoured with crisp pastry and lots of gravy. As for the mashed potato, it is easily the smoothest mash of the year. So, to add to the list of the reasons to come to Littlehampton, beer and food.
That wraps up the playing season. We won Eight, Halved Four and Lost Three. Well done to everyone who played.