Some might say that to be cut three shots in the run up to playing the final of the Society’s match play knock-out competition is not the best thing to do, but for Mike Creaby it was smiles all round as he was cut by this amount for winning “The Rothermere Challenge Cup” at the West Hill fixture.
His 40pts under the Society’s rules means he will now be playing off 11 from his previous 14 handicap which could prove crucial when he faces Metro’s Craig Fawcett in the final next month. The three shot handicap cut will last for his next three appearances under the Society’s strict handicapping rules and there was also bad handicap news for runner up, Society regular Alan Jackson who was beaten on countback. His handicap was cut two shots to 10 for also scoring 40pts.
Moving the West Hill fixture from early Spring to October beat the rain that had tried to put a dampener on previous visits to this stunning Surrey heathland course that was bathed in wonderful autumn sunshine for this year’s visit.
There was a big turnout for this last golf day before the Christmas Scramble which may have been down to the fixture being the last chance to improve positions in the “Order of Merit” for the title Society Golfer of the Year.
This competition is based on the best three positions at any of the Society’s seven golf days during the year, but although at least 10 players could have improved their positioning, there was only one change when Barry Theobald moved ahead of Society secretary Garth Burden into fourth position .  Alan Jackson’s second place on the day consolidated his position at the top of the list and Ian McGowan remained in second place. However, Alan is unable to take part in the play-off of the top four so fifth place Garth takes his place.
The two 40pt scores around this tricky course were six points clear of the rest of the field with the next four prize-winners all having the same 34pts and only being separated on countback.  In third was Lee Terry, Keith Cottington fourth, Barry Theobald fifth and Brad Young sixth.
Winner Mike who was presented with the trophy by Society vice-President, Martin Morgan, had the foresight to invest £5 on himself in the fund raising “Back the Winner” competition and collected £100 with £50 going to Society funds.  There were three players, Lee Terry, Barry Theobald and Brad Young who each had 2’s, winning £15 each with £13 going to the funds.  Brad also won the champagne for being Nearest the Pin on the tricky 13th hole.
Society Captain, Lisa Heywood was unable to play so vice-Captain John Morgan announced the winners and thanked the Club for the tremendous welcome that the Society had received.