Sussex Golf Captains

Sussex v Oxfordshire

Following a convincing win against Hampshire, how would Sussex get on against Oxfordshire? Would we be sent down in disgrace? Last time the Oxford Dons were here, we took them to the Dyke where they were soundly thrashed. Can history repeat itself? Would they bring Bill the Bandit with them? More importantly, would they go home with Diddly Squat?

These questions and more will be answered in this week’s episode of Golf.

Match One

Nigel Wates (Captain) and Jeremy Coates (Worthing Captain) took on Terry Killick (Captain) and Robert Stroud. This was a great match (Hmmm. Ed.), and it was an absolute pleasure to play against Terry and Rob. There was a fantastic finish to the game (But you don’t want to tell us about it? Ed), and it went down to the wire. Won 1 Up.

Match Two

Andy Plowright and Ian Potter v Kevin Hardy and Alistair Brown. This was a close match until a birdie on 9 left us 3 up at the turn. We tried to put this right by losing the next two holes, but we managed to squeeze our buttocks to make a 4 on the twelve and sixteen to close out the match. Good news for two weeks until the longest day. Nice People. (I can only assume that you’ve been at the wine. Ed) Won 3&2.

Match Three

David Balfour and Des Malcolm v Ray Shaw and Peter Walton (VP). This was a great match (Really? Are you sure? Ed). Ray and Peter were fantastic company. We didn’t realise that Worthing had an in-house comedian after the club Captain told us there was no wind!! Round objects (Language David. Ed). Won 3&2.

Match Four

Bryan Fairbrass (89) and Peter Ward (President) (88) V Steve Hitchens (48) and  David Bates (52). It was a great afternoon, but it was in difficult conditions. We managed to be up at the turn and held on for a win against the children. Steve and Dave were great company but they did not like to use the fairways. With great age comes great wisdom; they will learn. Won 5&4.

Match Five.

Tim Ingram and Phil Manser (Unbeaten) v Danny Fols and Ray Davies. It was a good game, with only one in it, until we got to the seventeenth, where we went down (Which I am sure the Oxford lads appreciated. Ed). 5 putts from 8 feet made all the difference. Lost 2&1.

Match Six

Keith Talbot and Mitch Clark v Mike Pennick and Tim Nunnerley. Two great teams, with grate personalities, but only one team could putt. Mitch did the front 6, and Keith did the rest! Won 7&5.

Match Seven

Richard Jays (Vice) and Malcolm Holmes v Roger Davies (Vice) and Alan Gray. The front nine was close, but Sussex won four holes on the trot, which made it a bit of a stroll. Being on the coast, we seemed to find a lot of sand. If the sun had been out, we could have used deck chairs! Won 3&2.

Match Eight

Joe Angella and Rasoul Shahilow v Robin Kennett and Neil Flint. This was a game of two halves; we were three down after nine. We managed to pull it back on the inward nine. The high wind and cold weather played in our favour as we were more used to playing downland courses in summer. It was a delightful afternoon in the company of two very nice fellows. Won 1 Up.

Match Nine

Roland Heath and Peter Brookshaw v Rob Daniels and John Tugwell. The match was competitive and fun. What more can you ask for? It was lovely to play with two relative youngsters as we gave away a few years between us. Sadly, youth out did experience. Lost 2&1.

Match Ten

Brian Hooker and Tony Philippou v Paul Brian and Glyn Hall. Paul and Glyn were a lot of fun. Balls were hooked away before they were lost, and more spare balls were required (?Ed). Glyn was a gentle assassin. Tony was shell-shocked and freezing (he had just returned from Cyprus! Ed). How we managed a half, I’ll never know. Half.

Result Sussex 7 ½ – 2 ½ Oxfordshire

There you have it, Oxfordshire Captains return home with Diddly Squat.

We had a brilliant day on the downs. Yes, the wind blew a bit, and it was nippy, but the course was in excellent condition, the greens were tip-top, and it didn’t rain.

As for the food, that was sensational.

Next up, it’s the big one as we take on the Lady Captains at Haywards Heath. 

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