Carl Valentine wins the first outing of 2022 on a perfect January day for golf up on the South Downs at Lewes

We were blessed to be playing on a very good golfing day in January (light winds, dry and bright) at Lewes GC.  A very good turnout of 19 including a hearty welcome to Joe Carroll joining the society for the first time and in the winter months as well showing some real commitment.

The overall results were as follows with a very good round of golf played by Carl Valentine who doesn’t normally come out of hibernation until the Spring weather is with us.  The average stableford score for the day was 28.11 reflecting a tough course in places.

Individual Stableford 

The main event played off full society handicaps had the following outcome: –

WinnerCarl Valentine38
SecondMark Hughes34
ThirdRod Lunn33

Team Stapleford Trophy

The best two from the three stableford scores counted, with an adjustment made for the one fourball. The result was: –

WinnersJames Gallifant, Alan Bigley, Nigel Burnett & Kelvin Paterson77
SecondCarl Valentine, Rob Montagu & Micky Mann75 (BNCB 39)
ThirdDavid Howroyd, Graham Meadows & Rod Lunn75 (BNCB 36)

Nearest the Pin in two (3rd Hole 299 yards).   

A cracking shot from Jerry Watkiss who went on to birdie the hole from inside two feet.

Nearest the Pin (12th Hole 180 yards).   

Andrew Burnett beating Sandi Hoolahan only after a measure with a great shot on this tough par three with most not making it on to the dance floor !!


Seven birdies were achieved on the day as follows:-

PlayerHole ScoreYards & Stroke index
Jerry Watkiss3rd3 on the par 4299 yds SI 13
Mark Hughes7th4 on the par 5 495 yds SI 11
Alan Bigley10th3 on the par 4303 yds SI 16
Joe Carroll11th3 on the par 4341 yds SI 8
Alan Bigley16th4 on the par 5466 yds SI 18
Micky Mann16th4 on the par 5466 yds SI 18
Carl Valentine17th2 on the par 3147 yds SI 12

Just a reminder that this year’s schedule is now on the website – please do mark up your diaries – noting some events are on a Thursday rather than a Friday this season.  The next society day is at East Brighton on the 18thFebruary – details will be issued nearer the time.