The thunderstorms that were forecast didn’t, thankfully, materialise but the day began with some light drizzle which soon gave way to sunshine with the light breeze picking up as the day progressed and by 3pm was gusting quite fiercely. Only one pairing, on their way back from the 19th were caught in the torrential rain storm that attacked at around 5.15pm.
Division 1 were the first out with Bognor Regis winning against Chichester. The second match in this division between Rye and Worthing resulted in a win for Rye.
Division 2 followed on with Haywards Heath v Crowborough Beacon and Cottesmore v Nevill. A very close match puts Haywards Heath into the final against Nevill with their final pairing going down the 19th.
Division 3 Piltdown v Chichester was the only match here as Slinfold had qualified and so a neutral course was needed. A win for Piltdown with their final player winning on the 18th and will meet West Sussex in the final.
Slinfold and West Sussex contested their semi-final at Golf at Goodwood on the Park Course. The windy weather made playing conditions tricky, but very luckily the forecast of rain and thunder did not materialise. Slinfold got off to a fast start with their number 1 match finishing on the 15th and their number 3 also coming in with a good win. However, West Sussex fought back strongly with players 2, 4, 6 & 7 bringing in the wins just in time to prevent the 5th players going down the 19th! Many thanks to Pat Johns SCLGA Vice-Captain for looking after everything at Goodwood and the kind assistance of Assistant Manager Gary Beves.
First on the tee were Dale Hill v Brighton & Hove followed by East Brighton “B” v Sweetwoods. A win for Brighton & Hove puts them in the final for the second year playing against Sweetwoods.
Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to the those who didn’t make the finals this year which are at Cooden Beach on Monday 19th August.
Many thanks to the Lady Captain, Jenny Wise, who organised a magnificent team of ball spotters from their ladies and senior sections, equipped with their red and green flags. This team of spotters made a huge difference in helping the speed of play. Thanks also to the Greenkeepers for preparing a great course and getting all the tee box markers out.
County President, Chris Handson and County Captain Ann Carnegie started all the matches at Slinfold and managed to keep dry if somewhat wind-blown. Bali Bassan was an excellent assistant. Thanks also to the Slinfold Events Manager Shirley Parker-Smith who ensured everything on and off the course ran smoothly.