Golfers drive away with county title

The Sedlescombe Golf Club team which won the Birchwood Motor Group Plate competition
The Sedlescombe Golf Club team which won the Birchwood Motor Group Plate competition
  • Sedlescombe Golf Club wins county inter-club men’s matchplay competition
  • Club beats Worthing 3-2 in Birchwood Motor Group Plate final at Singing Hills
  • Wins for Smith and Pepper, Davis and Galloway, Bates and Gibbs
  • Aldridges, and McDonald and Greenaway narrowly beaten
  • Sedlescombe won four matches en route to the final
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Sedlescombe Golf Club has won a county inter-club men’s handicap matchplay championship.

The Kent Street-based club was victorious in the Birchwood Motor Group Plate after beating Worthing GC 3-2 in the final at Singing Hills GC, Albourne.

Ray Smith (handicap 11) and Ben Pepper (15) won 4&3 against Mike McCrae (11) and Vernon Cook (17), while Paul Davis (9) and Kevin Galloway (14) triumphed 6&4 against Paul Newman (12) and Jim O’Keefe (18).

Alan Bates (10) and Robin Gibbs (14) prevailed 3&2 against Brian Hooker (9) and Tony McKernan (17) in the bottom match to seal Sedlescombe’s victory.

Chris Aldridge (6) and Tony Aldridge (17) narrowly lost the top match 2&1 to Dave Gill (7) and Jason Harfield (13), while Alan McDonald (9) and Paul Greenaway (17) were pipped on the 18th by Matt Bates (10) and Nigel Buckland (16).

Sedlescombe previously saw off Slinfold 3½-1½ in the semi-finals having whitewashed Singing Hills 5-0 in the quarter-finals, beaten Lingfield 4-1 in round two and edged out West Hove 3-2 in round one.

A team of Sedlescombe ladies, meanwhile, achieved an excellent fourth place finish in the County President’s Trophy at Royal Eastbourne GC.

Issy Horsley, Gilly Crawley and Wendy Leigh scored 73 points in an event where the best two of the three scores counted for scoring purposes. Some 48 clubs from around Sussex entered.

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