Brian Day edges out Carl Valentine on countback to win at Cooden with 41 points

Twenty-one ladies and gentlemen (including Barry) enjoyed good weather at Cooden Golf Club which is becoming a firm fixture and favourite in our annual itinerary.  A moderate breeze made some holes very tricky and tough but the scoring was surprisingly good with the average for the day being an impressive 31.76!  

Individual Stableford

Following on from last month’s event some exceptionally good scoring is reflected in the table below:-

Place Individual Score
Winner Brian Day 41 (23 back 9 count-back)
Second Carl Valentine 41 (22 back 9 count-back)

Carl’s round included birdies at the 5th, 8th, 10th, 14th and 18th

Third Kelvin Paterson 39 on count back from Jerry Watkiss


Front 9 scores also worthy of note were Jerry Watkiss (23 points) and Tim Gorringe (21 points)

Back 9 scores also worthy of note were Kelvin Paterson (24 points) Tony Batchelder (21 points) and David Howroyd (20 points) in addition to Brian and Carl above.


Winner Nearest the Pin (Hole 12th):  Pat Layen – with a fine blow to the heart of the green and then going on to make a solid par.

Winner Longest Drive (Hole 18th):  Carl Valentine – excellent shot passing Alan Bigley’s solid strike by only a foot or so.

Thus, two more individuals join the 40+ club for the year making a total of five:

Name Points Course
Barry Browning 48 Lewis
Ken Wapling 41 Westerham
Pat Layen 41 Dale Hill
Carl Valentine 41 Cooden
Brian Day 41 Cooden


Team Stableford Competition

The team stableford saw two of the top three individual players competing in the same team making the result almost inevitable. A full table of the team result is set out below:-

Place Team Members Score
Winners Carl Valentine, Pat Layen & Kelvin Paterson 88
Second Alan Bigley, David Howroyd & Tony Batchelder 83
Third Barry Browning, Tim Gorringe & Brian Cheesmur 81
4th Dereck Coppard, Tom Bennett & Brian Day 79
5th Jerry Watkiss, Margaret Cudmore & Clive Butler 74
6th Sandy Hoolahan, Micky Mann & Peter Cudmore 71
7th Paul Hillman, Ken Wapling & Roger Todd 69


As always, a big thank you to David Howroyd for organising the day

Player of Year Trophy.  Ken Wapling (35.35) led the field last month (June) but has now dropped to third following the days golf at Cooden! Some tough competitors now in the mix for the player of the year trophy awarded to the player with the best four round average during the society year.

Player Played Best 4 Av
DAY,  Brian 7 36.75
VALENTINE, Carl 4 35.75
WAPLING, Ken 7 35.50
LAYEN, Pat 5 35.00
HOWROYD, David  6 34.75
WATKISS, Jerry 6 34.75
PATERSON, Kelvin 6 34.50
GORRINGE, Tim 4 34.00
MANN, Michael  6 33.75
HILLMAN, Paul 4 33.75
BATCHELDER, Tony 5 32.50
HUGHES, Mark 4 32.00
COPPARD, Derek 6 31.75
TIPPETT, Andy 4 31.00
CHEESMUR, Brian 7 30.50
GALLIFANT, Jim 4 28.75
TODD, Roger 4 21.50


Our next meeting is at Lamberhurst on the 11th August with both the Society Strokeplay Championship and the Society Stableford Championship trophies up for grabs.  The normal details will follow in due course but please do book this event it in your diaries – a turnout like the one at Cooden