Chris Buck on fire with his putter wins the Last Chance Trophy – 4 clear of the chasing pack


Yet again we picked a bright benign day in the middle of some horrendous weather either side of our day by the sea. Eleven events out of eleven have gone to plan this year – zero cancellations which is a rare one with the weather well organised by Captain Bigley who must have a direct line to mother nature to arrange things.  However, through Alfriston on the way to Seaford I was asked to lower my car window and start paddling for the shore at one point.  Thankfully with two Hooper Swans also giving us a push we made it back to dry land and the road.

A good field of 25 competed for the Last Chance Trophy with the average score being 32.32 which is only the fourth highest of the year losing its statutory position of first to Sweetwoods.  The course was in good condition with two temporary greens on the top of the cliff which intuitively one might have felt would drain the best.  

Chris Buck had very tidy round consisting of 17 pars and bogeys and just one double bogey giving him 23 points on the front nine and 20 on the back. Well played Chris.  Kevin Leftley also had a very good round with Mr Bigley in third completing the back 9 in level par!

Last Chance Trophy

This event was played off full society handicaps with the top three being: –

WinnerChris Buck43
SecondKevin Leftley39
ThirdAlan Bigley38

Team Competition 

The best two scores from the teams of three (battleships for the team of 4).  The winners not scoring less than four points on any hole (ham and egging to perfection).

WinnersSimon Luck, Peter Cudmore, Micky Mann87
SecondGraham Meadows, James Gallifant & Alan Bigley83
ThirdChris Buck, Phil Taylor, David Howroyd82

Nearest the Pin (10th Hole 109 yards)  

Simon Luck hitting a nice smooth shot to 4 feet.  No birdie cigar but walking away with a solid three.

Nearest the Pin in Two (17th Hole 278 yards)   

Phil Taylor hitting his second to with three feet.  He also did not make the putt and walked away with a solid four.  Richard Hannan later showed us how it can be done with the only three on this short par four.


Just four birdies on the day as follows.

PlayerHole ScoreYards & Stroke index
Alan Bigley8th3 on the par 4321 yds SI 13
Alan Bigley13th4 on the par 5448 yds SI 6
John Collingwood16th2 on the par 3138 yds SI17
Richard Hannan17th3 on the par 4278 yds SI12

The societies next event is scheduled for FRIDAY 8th December at Dewlands Manor – a nine-hole scramble followed by a cracking Christmas lunch and the AGM at The Middle House.  VERY IMPORTANT to get your attendance confirmed and your menu selected ASAP – just so David knows the numbers for lunch etc.  Should be another good final fling getting us in to the festive spirit in early December.


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