5th Icklesham Open – 24th July 2012
The largest ever field (18 players) assembled at Willingdon Golf Club for the fifth Icklesham Open. We welcomed new boys (Adam Forrest, Andy Vickers and Stuart Baker) and many familiar faces. Handicaps were discussed as we all waited to tee-off with Tim Linch particularly upset to be off 8 considering he had what he described as “major problem with his back”. Chris Baker was telling anybody who listened that he’d only played 4 rounds of golf this year and they were all on the same day (Icklesham’s 75 holes in a day fund-raiser).
As usual the event was an individual Stableford competition (points for birdies, pars etc.) with a team competition. Willingdon is a tight and hilly course with a number of the early holes crossing each other. The insults were flying therefore when Wayne Bumstead managed to lose his team (“golden”) ball on the 2nd and the Jo Beardsley, Chris Baker, Lewis Tiltman and Tony Forster lost their golden ball on the 4th.
The sun shone and the scores were good. New boy Adam Forrest along with Olly Beaumont, Dave Tiltman and Wayne Bumstead all scored well on the outward 9 holes. The rumour was however that Lewis Tiltman was putting together an excellent round. Playing off scratch Lewis had accrued 20 points on the first 9 holes. As we turned for home everybody knew that it was a difficult task to match the consistency of Lewis.
As for the team competition – most teams lost their golden ball on the outward 9 and it was only the Bob Baker, Steve Beale and Dave Tiltman team that had kept their ball – at least until the 14th when Tiltman managed to slice one that was never found.
As the groups came back to the clubhouse for a drink and a meal, a search party was sent out for the Hugh Sullivan, Stuart Baker, Keith Swallow and David Mayne group who were some holes behind. Rumours of Hugh’s diligence in looking for his ball may have had some foundation. There was also much hilarity in Steve Beale’s story of Bob Baker playing an excellent shot but to the wrong green!
The real news of the day however was Lewis Tiltman’s round. A 3-under par 66 scoring 39 Stableford points – only one 5 on his card (and that on a Par 5) with 4 birdies and one bogie. An unbelievable round even allowing for the fact that he is an excellent golfer.
And so to the results:
1st Lewis Tiltman 39 points + nearest pin on 7th
2nd Wayne Bumstead 31 points
3rd Bob Baker 30 points
4th Adam Forrest 29 points + best front 9 not in top 3
5th Olly Beaumont 28 points
6th David Mayne 27 points
7th= Tim Linch 26 points + best back 9 not in top 3 + longest drive
9th Tony Forster 24 points
10th = Steve Beale 23 points
10th = Richard Forrest 23 points
12th Hugh Sullivan 22 points
13th Chris Baker 20 points
14th Andy Vickers 17 points
15th = Keith Swallow 16 points
15th = George Potter 16 points
17th Stuart Baker 15 points
18th Jo Beardsley 6 points Wooden Spoon
1st Bob/Dave T/Steve 21 points
2nd Adam/Olly/Tim/George 11 points
3rd = Jo/Chris/Lewis/Tony 5 points
3rd = Hugh/Keith/Stuart/David 5 points
5th Wayne/Richard/Andy 1 point
Keep your diary clear for Thursday 25th July 2013 for the 6th Icklesham Open.