CONGRATULATIONS TO THE Cantelupe Club. The club lifted the extremely large John Slater Trophy (see above) in a famous victory at the Sussex Artisan Golf Union (SAGU) Championship held at the East Sussex National Golf Club played over 36 holes.
Teams entered from all the Sussex Artisan clubs including, West Sussex, Sackville (Cooden), Triangle (Piltdown), Rye and Cantelupe with Chris Andrews leading the way for the Cantelupe with a total of 79 points over two rounds. As he was deducted three shots for playing off the more forward tees his performance was even more impressive.
Cantelupe took first and second place in the second division for handicaps of 15 to 18 and were placed in division one, sufficient to wrestle the huge trophy from last year’s winners Triangle from Piltdown.
The only unfortunate thing is that the cup, named after the former 1930’s Eastbourne MP, John Slater, whose chauffeur was a member at Royal Eastbourne’s artisans’ section and persuaded his boss to present a trophy, is so valuable that it will have to be locked away securely until next year’s tournament.
The Cantelupe triumph certainly puts into perspective the magnitude of RAFGC’s success, not only in defeating the club in its annual match, but also in an even more unexpected victory for the Past Presidents in November whose star studded selection eased home by three matches to two in vile conditions against the highly skilled Cantelupe committee team.
Very well played to all.