Two games in, two wins. Can we make it a third? Today we head off to Eastbourne Downs with the sun shining and a mild breeze blowing in from the North Sea!
Ian Potter and Peter Ward against Roger Corkhill (Captain) and Brian Wright
A strong easterly wind made for tough playing conditions on a well-presented course. The Captain and I managed to get ahead early in the match and kept ahead of the Hampshire pair. It was a good match on a well-presented course, enhanced by some wonderful company. Won 5&4
Colin Prior and Alan Butcher entertained Paul Child and Alan Vincent
It was a very close match, played in a strong but chilly wind; this is not an excuse for losing! ( It was the same for the opposition. Ed) Everyone had great fun. Lost 2&1
John Boniface and Rasoul Shahilow were beaten by Kevin Blackstone and Kevin White.
Two Eastbourne Downs members, playing on their own course and not giving many shots, were soundly beaten by two hackers who had never played the course before (Ed.) Despite the wind chill, it was a friendly and enjoyable match. The sun did come out. Hampshire took the lead, and we were unable to close them down. Good humour all around ( Is this because Hampshire couldn’t believe their luck? Ed) Lost 2&1
Nigel Powell and Steve Dillamore were up against Brian Homersham and Kevin White
This was a great match. Nigel and Steve gelled very well to run out easy winners. It was an interesting course made tricky by the light breeze. Won 4&2
Bev Legg and Mitch Clark squared up to Tony Ransley and Derek Noyce.
The Sussex pair went four up ( well done, Ed) before Derek, the 7-handicapper, woke up! The first ( ?) time we went down was on 17 ( Ooh Matron…) Then, alas, a four-foot given putt meant we lost one down ( Boo. Ed) . Lost 1 Down.
Craig Millyard (Proper golfer) and Peter Hawley (Lovely company) took on Barry Stevens and Tom Smith
The front nine comprised three wins, three losses and three halves to reach the turn all square. Sussex then took a two-hole lead and hung on to win 3&1. We played the game in great spirit. Won 3&1
Nigel Wates and Downs Captain Pete O’Neill entertained Andy Hoult and Mike Kelly
Alan and Mike were fabulous company. Pete led the Sussex pair to a good victory with his local knowledge. Alan had two birdies ( Well done. Ed). There were so many jokes and laughs; it was a great day. Won 7&5.
Keith Hayward and Peter Brookshaw faced Adrian Nicol and Tony Cose
It was a great match, against very good opponents. Keith played well, and we managed a tidy win by dovetailing well on most holes. I’m sure we both look forward to playing together again. Won 6&4
Reg Autchterlonie and Ronni Schrevel (Proper Golfer) played with Chris Castle and Tony Daly.
The course was playing quite challenging with a strong wind. The greens were a little bumpy and slow, but we had a competitive game; it was most enjoyable. There was never much in it. Lost 2 Down.
David Sinden and Dave Balfour entertained the Hampshire Vice, Paul Mantell and Eammon Shiels.
We played with an Irish leprechaun who kept calling his partner a tosser ( This is the kind of news we like. Go on. Ed). Perhaps this is some kind of Irish insult? They were great company, and we played in good spirit. Giving 23 shots was tough, making it a great win. ( Well done. Ed). Won 5&3
Sussex 6 Hampshire 4
Captain Potter’s winning run continues. This time against a strong Hampshire team, on a challenging course, with a strong and chilly wind. Well done to everyone who took part; except the two from Eastbourne Downs, who played on their own course…(Not this again? Ed)
Next up, we are away to Oxford. Can we continue our good form on the road?