Barry Browning wins the MGS February visit to Lewes on a perfect day for good golf

A big welcome to Roger Todd a new member for the season and to the return of Tony Batchelder to the fold.  We were incredibly lucky to enjoy a beautiful day on top of the South Downs and had time to enjoy some fabulous views – it was even warm at times in February.  The day started with the Honourable Sec still on skiing time and running about an hour later than scheduled – the caterers even saved his bacon roll and put it in foil to enjoy on his round !!! PS: They were fantastic bacon rolls.

Fifteen players battled it out at Lewes GC where Barry Browning after a 2016 season full of injuries including a dehydrated vertebrae!! played out of his skin and even had an eagle on the 335 yard par 4 5th hole – bagging 6 points which everyone thought had been made illegal in 1958 !! Kelvin Paterson also deserves a mention as had a round of really good quality golf and on a normal day could/would have won the event.  Congratulations to Barry with the overall results as follows:-

Individual Stableford

Place Individual Score
Winner Barry Browning 48
Second Kelvin Paterson 39
= Third Clive Butler, Andy Tippett & Tim Gorringe 36


Barry receives his winnings from Vice Captain Clive Butler

Kelvin gets second place in spite of his excellent 39 points

Team Stableford Scores

Place Team Members Score
Winners Andy Tippett, Barry Browning & Tim Gorringe 92
Second Brian Day, Clive Butler & Kelvin Paterson 84
Third Tony Batchelder, Mark Hughes & Ken Wapling 80
Fourth Pat Layen, Micky Mann & Brian Cheesmur 75
Fifth Dereck Coppard, David Howroyd & Roger Todd 73


Dereck wins nearest the pin

Winner Longest Drive (Hole 8th):  Mark Hughes with a cracker.

Winner Nearest the Pin (Hole 12h):  Dereck Coppard – on a day where most were unable to find this tough green.

48 points is an incredible score and tops the list below with 24 scores of 40 points or more recorded since January 2015:-

Member Points Course
BROWNING, Barry 48 Lewes GC
BUTLER Clive 48 Pyecombe
HOWROYD, David 46 Seaford Head
BUCK, Chris 43 Seaford Head
LAYEN, Pat 43 Seaford Head
HILLMAN, Paul 42 Seaford Head
ABLITT Fred 42 Mid-Sussex
DAY  Brian 42 Mid-Sussex
VALENTINE Carl 42 Mid-Sussex
MANN, Micky 42 Seaford Head
WATKISS, Jerry 41 East Brighton
STOCKER Dave 41 Seaford Head
TIPPETT, Andy 41 Seaford Head
HUGHES, Mark 41 The Dyke
WATKISS, Jerry 41 East Brighton
VALENTINE, Carl 40 Woldingham
SELLENCE, Mike 40 Mid-Sussex
CUDMORE Peter 40 Sweetwoods
BENNETT, Tom 40 Cooden Beach
HERBERT, Phil 40 Seaford Head
WEAVER, Kevin 40 Chartham Park
BISHOP, Andy 40 Willingdon
WATKISS, Jerry 40 Seaford Head
MANN Michael 40 Chartham Park


The first trophies of the year are up for grabs at the Neville Golf Club Tunbridge Wells on 17th March.  A pair’s competition played with a twist and a yellow ball! The current holders are Mr Dereck Coppard & Mr Jerry Watkiss. Further details will be circulated by the Hon Sec nearer the time. 

Please note the full calendar of games can now been seen in the golf dates section and credit where credit is due to the Honourable Secretary who has made a fantastic selection of courses for the membership to feast or famine on this year !! Excellent work David.