A Gross 79 (8 over par) from Valentine was just too good for the rest

A good turnout of 19 players competed at the Woldingham GC on the 13th May. The weather was warm and sunny with a moderate cooling breeze – the course was in good condition although the greens were playing relatively slow on this north Sussex downs course. That average stableford score for the day was a very respectable 30.2.

We welcomed another two new member in Mark Hughes and Tom Bennett to the society both of whom had good solid debuts with stapleford scores in the 30s – both good players.

Carl Valentine had a very good day on the course with birdies at the 5th, 17th and 18th giving him an 8 over par 79 and 40 stableford points. Ken Wapling also came good with the warmer weather and in particular was impressive on and around the greens scoring an excellent 38 points. Chris Buck pipped Jerry Watkiss for third place on count back. The winners were:

Position Individual Points
Winner Carl Valentine 40
Runner up Ken Wapling 38
Third Chris Buck 35


In terms of the team competition with the best two scores from three (adjusted for the fourball) was as follows:-

Position Team Points
Winners Micky Sellence, Nick Marchant, Fred Ablitt & Jerry Watkiss 79
Runners up Ken Wapling, Dereck Coppard & Mark Hughes 78
Third Carl Valentine, Micky Mann & Andy Bishop 77


The Nearest the Pin (17th) was won by Mark Hughes with a great shot on the tricky 156 yard par three from an elevated tee box.

The Longest Drive (9th) was won by Nick Marchant with a cracker on a hole where many struggled to keep the ball on the fairway.

The next event is our Captain’s Day on the 17th June competing for the Freddie Jones Foundation Cup and will be on the Ian Woosnam course at Dale Hill – a real treat.   Although a bit long for some, buggies can be hired and we would really encourage you to come out and support your Captain Peter Cudmore at this event – a good turnout would be appreciated with guests also welcome. The following months society match is also confirmed as being at Cooden Beach on 15th July – two cracking courses in a row.

Details as always will follow but please do get your name down for this event as early as possible. It would be nice to see attendance in the 20s reflecting our thriving club.



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