It was countback time at the West Hill fixture for the winner of the main trophy of the day, The Rothermere Cup, and the chance to qualify for the play-off final in the Golfer of the Year competition.  

Both Captain Nick Stevens and “Big Al” Alan Jackson scored impressive 36pts in The Rothermere Cup singles with Nick just beating Alan on countback over the last 9 holes.  

It was even closer for those in with a chance to qualify for the final fourth place in the “Order of Merit” play-off with the handicap committee having to work overtime to separate Alan, Barry Theobald and John Tucker.

Alan’s second place and Barry’s 7th in the morning singles made it a three-way tie with John Tucker, all having 13 points from their best three finishes during the year.  

Nick Stevens, Clive Heard and Joe Marvel had already qualified so analysing previous fixture results, John had the best countback finish for 4th place, with Barry taking 5th and Alan 6th.  

The golfing-Gods were definitely with the Northcliffe blue skies and warm sunshine squeezed in between torrential rain on the days both before and after the fixture.  

There was no official prize-giving for this, the last golf day in the Society’s fixture list, but secretary Garth Burden, brought along delayed prizes of champagne and bottles of wine for the winners of previous covid-19 fixtures at Walton Heath; The Berkshire, Northwood; Royal Cinque Ports and Tandridge for collection from a “sanitised” prize-table provided by the Club.  

Champagne for “Nearest the Pin” was won by Clive Heard for his shot on the 13th and the guest prize of a bottle of wine was won by Northwood Golf Club’s general manager Ray Grant, with 34 pts.

Nick, playing off 3 handicap will be cut 1-shot for his narrow win, and Alan will also be cut 1-shot to 17 handicap. 

There was only one winner in the fund raising “Back the Winner” competition with, rather surprisingly, Captain Nick Stevens who tops the “Order of Merit” being the only person to back himself to win. Nick wins £50 with £40 going to the Society funds.

A two-course lunch was provided after play outside under a marquee provided by the Club with players “social distancing” sitting with their golfing partners.

Garth Burden