Huck­stepp sweeps board with fine show


Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

IN SPITE of the wet con­di­tions, Debbie Huck­stepp (19) swept the board at the Ash­ford Golf Club Ladies Au­tumn Meet­ing tak­ing most of the hon­ours.

She won the Scratch Tro­phy with a gross 88 and also the Sil­ver Divi­sion with a nett 69. She also won the tro­phy for the ag­gre­gate of the Spring and Au­tumn Meet­ing.

Debbie, Beryl Suther­land (19) and Shell Foster (20) won the af­ter­noon team Stable­ford with 44 points.

Cor­rie Butcher (15) came sec­ond in the Sil­ver Divi­sion with 76 on count­back from Sue Set­tle (16) who was third and Sue Nor­man (13) who missed out. Sue did win the front nine prize with a nett 37.5 and Au­drey Flower (13) won the Back Nine with 35.5.

In the Bronze Divi­sion Lor­raine Feather­ston­haugh (29) came first with a nett 70. Sue Box­all (36) was sec­ond with 73 and Lizzie Webb (25) third with 74.

The best front nine went to Jenny Roberts ((30) with a nett 38 and the back nine was won by Anna Ward (36) with 36.

Hazel Bris­tow was near­est the pin on the 18th green and Neta Howie won the putting prize with 28 putts.

Sal Sheringham, Au­drey Dis­bury and Mary Daly came sec­ond in the af­ter­noon team Stable­ford with 42 points. Ruth Pick­worth, Pauline Pf­ef­fer and Anna Ward were third with 40 points on count­back from Jenny Sped­ding, Elaine Joss and Jean Sul­li­van.

Jenny Sped­ding (14) and Debbie Huck­stepp came third in the 31 hole Kent Stable­ford Four­somes held at Faver­sham Golf Club.

They scored 33 points in the morn­ing 18 holes and 26 in the af­ter­noon 13 holes just two points be­hind those in sec­ond place.

Ash­ford vet­er­ans Oc­to­ber monthly Stable­ford went to Alan Mann with 39 points from Joe Bar­nett on 38 and joint third were Ron Long, Paul Sher­ring­ton and Alan Joyn­son with 37.

A Texas Scram­ble went to John Pick­worth, Alf Ames, Barry Swan with net 63.1 with Alan Wood, Dave Nick­son, Peter Coomber sec­ond with 64.1.

Third were Alan Hum­mer­son, Des Luke­hurst, Roy Burt on net 64.1.

This was played in groups of three and 42 play­ers en­joyed the fine sunny day.


IN A nail-bit­ing fin­ish at Lon­don Beach golf ho­tel, the Vets vice cap­tain’s team led by Brian Smith just pipped the Cap­tain’s team to take the Rib­ald Cup in its in­au­gu­ral year.

Loosely based on the fa­mous Ry­der Cup, the Rib­ald Cup is played in al­ter­nate years with three events: foul­somes, green­somes and swin­dles. As the names sug­gest, each event has an un­usual twist.

In foul­somes, the op­po­si­tion de­cides who putts first on the green, while in green­somes the other side chooses the (gen­er­ally worst) ball their op­po­nents have to play af­ter the tee shots.

In the in­di­vid­ual match­play swin­dles event, the cap­tain and vice cap­tain se­lect their team’s run­ning or­der without ref­er­ence to each other. Only on the day of the matches are the two lists brought to­gether and play­ers find out their op­po­nents.

This leads to some un­usual pair­ings and much rib­aldry (the real pur­pose of the event).

In the foul­somes event played in April, the cap­tain’s team led by Nor­man Tay­lor leaped into the lead by 10 points to four.

The vice cap­tain’s team clawed back sev­eral points in the grue­somes in early Oc­to­ber, end­ing the day with eight points to the cap­tain’s side 13. In the fi­nal event, the vice cap­tain’s team won all but two of the matches to draw level with the cap­tain’s team on 17 points each.

Char­lie Mitcham, vets cap­tain in 2007, pre­sented the win­ner’s cup to Brian Smith for winning two of the three events.

The first Texas Scram­ble of the win­ter pro­duced the clos­est re­sult ever at Ten­ter­den Golf Club.

The top three teams were sep­a­rated by only a third of a shot and the next two were tied half a shot fur­ther back.

This pe­cu­liar­ity of scor­ing hap­pens be­cause in the Texas Scram­ble for­mat, the to­tal of all the play­ers hand­i­caps in the team are added to­gether and ten per cent of that to­tal is taken off the team score at the end of play.

The two teams tied on 56.1 were Chris Breen, Martin Breen, Jeff Blow­ers & Joe Gra­ham, and Alan Yates teamed with Steve Dou­ble, Chris God­dard & Don Kerr.

This score is nor­mally good enough to win but de­spite the lim­ited vis­i­bil­ity caused by early morn­ing mist, three teams scored bet­ter.

Led by vice cap­tain Tim Crouch, his team of Roland Cooper, Mike Vick­ery and Trevor Southby, scored 55.6 to fin­ish .3 of a shot away from the lead­ing two teams who both scored 55.3. Lead­ing the field by virtue of a bet­ter back nine were the team of Dick Travers, Steve Wid­dow­son, Sam Stevens and John Sav­age.

Con­so­la­tion for the team of Gary Turk, Richard Smith, Peter Pughe and Wayne White came in the form of brag­ging rights. In all 17 teams took part.

Lon­don Beach 2007 cap­tain Char­lie Mitcham, left, presents the Rib­ald Cup to Brian Smith, vice cap­tain this year

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