Successful Captain’s Day at Mannings Heath

Steve Wild (left) with Captain's Day winner Rhodri Marsden.
Steve Wild (left) with Captain's Day winner Rhodri Marsden.

Steve Wild hosted a highly successful Captain’s Day at Mannings Heath on Saturday with 110 players lining up for a shotgun start on Waterfall and enjoying a sumptuous buffet of hot and cold Italian dishes afterwards,

Seven-handicap Rhodri Marsden won the Captain’s Day Cup with 40 points while Andy Wakefield pipped Ray Page on countback for the runner-up honours with 39. The team prize was claimed by Steve Wright, Gerry Wyatt, Chris Fernie and Nigel Greenwood.

Head professional Neil Darnell raised £380 with his ‘beat the pro’ challenge on the short 10th hole and Steve Wild raised a further f400 by subjecting himself to a triple dousing of ice and water. Coupled with the traditional post-golf auction their efforts raised over £3000 for Steve’s chosen charity, Kent Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

The day was the highlight of a busy week which began on Wednesday with a record entry of 107 taking part in the Seniors’ Open. The top four finishers all carded 40 points, Chris Morgan of Haywards Heath just getting the countback verdict from home member Nigel Billingham, Tilgate’s Robert Nichols and Peter Danton of Chartham Park.

Thursday saw the Ladies stage their annual competition to select the pair who will represent them in next year’s Daily Maily Foursomes. Rosemary Martin and Mina Burton claimed the honour with 34 points, three clear of Pat Etheridge and Susan Jaggard and four ahead of Marion Gibson and Gerry Wyatt.

Sunday’s Junior Club Championship was won by a recent recruit from Ifield, Louis Harrison, whose excellent nett 69 off five beat George Atkinson by three and Josh Brown by four. And on Monday twenty-one handicap Mark Watts earned the Seniors’ Ian Galloway Trophy on countback from John Hastings after both carded impressive nett 67s with Ray Battersby a shot behind in third place and left ruing two closing double bogeys.

Mannings Heath Results

Captain’s Day Cup : 1st Rhodri Marsden (7) – 40 points; 2nd Andy Wakefield (12) – 39 points; 3rd Ray Page (14) – 39 points.

Captain’s Day Team Prize : Steve Wright, Gerry Wyatt, Chris Fernie, Nigel Greenwood.

Seniors’ Open

1st Chris Morgan (Haywards Heath, 16) – 40 points; 2nd Nigel Billingam (Mannings Heath, 13) – 40 points; 3rd Robert Nichols (Tilgate, 18) – 40 points.

Ladies’ Foursomes Stableford

1st Rosemary Martin and Mina Burton – 34 points; 2nd Pat Etheridge and Susan Jaggard 31 points; 3rd Marion Gibson and Gerry Wyatt – 30 points.

Junior Club Championship

1st Louis Harrison 74 – 5 = 69; 2nd George Atkinson 88 – 16 = 72; 3rd Josh Brown 102 – 29 = 73.

Seniors’ Ian Galloway Trophy

1st Mark Watts 88 – 21 = 67; 2nd John Hastings 84 – 17 = 67; 3rd Ray Battersby 84 – 16 = 68.