The extra golf day at Addington Palace proved to be a resounding success, with a toast at the prize-giving to Derek Price, a member for over 50 years of both the Society and the Golf Club, who died earlier this year.
Tucked away in the suberbs of South East London, the course proved to be a tough test of golf with no player managing to break par during the morning stableford round.
Society Captain Nick Stevens was trying for his third win of the year for a unique Society Hat Trick, but having been cut twice to scratch, after wins at The Grove and Walton Heath, he missed out on winning by the narrowest of margins, one point behind eventual winner Clive Heard whose 36pts won him the Caird Cup on countback from Lisa Heywood in second. In fourth with 30pts was Phillip Woods, beating David Crump on count back.
He may have missed out on winning the morning round, but Captain Nick and his partner Will Flint won the afternoon greensomes competition in convincing style with 39pts.
Champagne for “Nearest the Pin” on the 12th in the morning was won by Ernie McLaughlin, former Society secretary, with Chester Stern winning on the 7th in the afternoon.
So tricky were the greens that there was only one person managing to score a “2” during the morning round, trophy winner Clive, who collected £15 with £15 raised for Society funds. Three players, Clive, Lisa and Nick collected £20 each in the fund raising “Back the Winner” competition with £15 going to the funds.
Society secretary, Garth Burden, proposing the toast to Derek, said that it was appropriate to add this extra golf day to the annual fixtures. Not only had Derek been the longest serving member of the Society, but during this time he had served as assistant secretary and had won many of the trophies on display in the Young Street entrance of Northcliffe House.
pictures: David Crump