Huckstepp sweeps board with fine show
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