It was the form player who topped the leader board and won the main trophy of the day at the Society’s first fixture of 2016 at The Grove.
Metro’s Craig Fawcett was second last year, then won the Match Play final later in the year over the same course, so 40pts this year should not have been a surprise but only four people, including Craig himself, selected him to win in the fund raising “Back the Winner” competition.
His 40pts was three better than his score last year and won him the Burton Challenge Cup, with Mailnewspapers’ Roland Agambar in second place with 37pts.  Craig was cut three shots to 10 handicap for his win and Roland one shot.  Close up in third with 35pts was Harmsworth Printing’s Keith Cottington who just beat retired member Ian McGowan on countback with Mailnewspapers Nick Steven in fifth place with 34pts.
There was another great turnout of 46 players, the Society’s second visit to this challenging championship course where Tiger Woods set an amazing never to be repeated record in the 2006 Amex competition by eagling the ninth Par Five hole on three separate days on his way to winning the tournament.
No Northcliffe player was able to match Tiger’s three impressive drives on his way to his eagles, marked with three plaques in close proximity on the fairway.
Putting on the wide but treacherous greens was the success story of Craig’s round with so many other players finding the greens, running at over 10 on the stimpmeter, to be their undoing as they tried to cope with the speed of their putts.
Form pundits, Society treasurer Clive Heard, Metro’s Will Claize, retired member Mike Creaby  and Craig himself each won £50 in the Back the Winner competition with £40 going into the Society Funds.   So tough was the course that only two people, Metro’s Pat Kinnear and Mailnewspapers Allan McCaskill managed a “2” and both collected £25 each with £40 for the funds.  Champagne for Nearest the Pin on the 13th was won by Clive.