Vice-Captain Kelvin wins Captains day on a breezy day at Seaford Head GC

The “Fun Day” at Seaford Head saw 21 players, plus a floating Captain Clive Butler battle it out for various prizes.  The weather was generally good on this relatively short course with its main defence “the wind” being moderate which kept the scoring at a good rather than extravagant level (41 points only achieving mid-table mediocrity in recent years but being the winning total on this occasion). Indeed, only three players achieved 40+ stableford points with the average stableford score in the individual competition still being the highest of the year so far at 35.48 (37.6 in 2017).

The morning started with an eleven-hole Texas Scramble which saw some fabulous golf with the winning team recovering from a bogey on the first to birdie holes five, six, eight and ten edging out one other team on -3 (birdies on holes two, five and eight thanks to some fine putting by Andy Bishop!).  Thus, the winners were as follows:

Place Team Members Score
Winners Dereck Coppard, Pat Layen & Brian Day -3 (-1 last three count back)
Second Micky Mann, Tim Gorringe & Andy Bishop -3 (L last three count back)
Third Tom Bennett, James Galifant & Kevin Hawkins -1 (on count back)


The Individual Stableford Competition.

Playing off full society handicaps the winner was Mr Kelvin Paterson with a very impressive 23 points on the back nine edging out Brian Day both scoring a total of 41 points. Birdies on the 10thand final 18thmade all the difference.

Thus, the result was as follows: –

Place Individual Score
Winner Kelvin Paterson 41 (back 9 cb 23)
Second Brian Day 41 (back 9 cb 18)
Third Fred Ablitt 40


Team Stableford Competition

The usual best two stableford scores from teams of three counted in this competition. Again, a very high scoring and tight competition with the results being as follows: –

Place Team Members Score
Winners Andy Tippett, Fred Ablitt & Kevin Weaver 90
Second Paul Hillman, Kelvin Paterson & Kevin Leftley 89
Third Chris Buck, David Howroyd & Barry Browning 88



Winner Nearest the Line (Hole 8th):  Andy Tippett

Winner Nearest the Pin (Hole 16th): Tom Bennett with a very fine shot indeed

NB: The Nearest the Pin was moved to the 16thafter all 21 players failed to hit the 4thgreen!!

A big thank you to Captain Clive for his hospitality and keeping us fed and watered on the day. The only downside was running poor old Barry over in his cart and getting out that grass stain from his dusky pink shorts will be a nightmare.  Seriously, a bit scary for Barry and hope the bruised ankle has recovered nicely.

The air show display was a tad disappointing – I think we saw the vapour trail of the red arrows in the distance, a couple of wing walkers and the fabulous Lancaster Bomber heading home from the display, which was a genuine treat.  That said the views on the top part of the course of the seven sisters were again stunning.  However, with the view being so good Tim’s request for Bish to do a star jump on the edge as it would make a fantastic picture were declined!!

Another enjoyable day on an old favourite, with plenty of good company and chips and lashing of tomato and brown sauce with every course!

Birdies on the day were achieved as follows: –

Player Birdie
Kevin Weaver 3 on the par 4 second
Andy Tippett 3 on the par 4 third
Barry Browning 4 on the par 5 fifth
Dereck Coppard 2 on the par 3 tenth
Kelvin Paterson 2 on the par 3 tenth
Chris Buck 2 on the par 3 twelfth
Fred Ablitt 4 on the par 5 thirteenth
Barry Browning 4 on the par 5 eighteenth
Kelvin Paterson 4 on the par 5 eighteenth
Tom Bennett 4 on the par 5 eighteenth


Our next outing is at:

Venue: Westerham Golf Club

Date: Friday 21st September 2018