Junior captain Luke Bennett produced one of Mannings Heath’s best rounds of the year in Saturday’s junior medal - a sizzling three-under-par 67 on Kingfisher that included five birdies and an eagle.
It saw the four-handicapper post an unbeatable nett 63 with Gregor Macintosh, recently crowned club nett champion and now off six, playing the last five holes in one under par to beat Elliott Webster on countback with nett 68.
Further evidence of the impressive quality of golf being played by Heath’s youngsters came in the Sussex Under-18 championships, which was played on Kingfisher and Waterfall on 30 July.
Home trio Ali Crunden, Aaron Peacock and Tom Thurloway made the most of their local knowledge to claim the top three places in the handicap competition. Peacock also finished fourth in the gross event, his rounds of 72 and 71 leaving him three shots adrift of Sedlescombe’s Steven Gibbs.
In the club’s Saturday medal 12-handicap Dave Dower carded a nett 69 in Division One and beat John Procter by a shot. David Neave led Division Two with nett 68 off nineteen. Sunday saw Kevin Swales birdie the first two holes and go on to shoot a winning nett 67 off eleven while John Gleaves posted nett 72 off eighteen to lead the second flight.
Junior Anna Sowerby won the Ladies’ Caris Kennedy Cup with a sparkling 41 points. There were also handicap cuts for the three top scorers in the Silver Division, Tricia Robson, Pat Etheridge and Sam Barnes who signed for 40, 39 and 38 respectively.
Nigel Billingham wrapped up the week by putting his name on the Roy Sendall Cup, while runner-up Paul Holmes consolidated his Order of Merit lead and Owen Hydes was third on countback.