It was the dream round for former Captain, Lisa Heywood, at The Berkshire fixture with long straight drives bounding down the bone-hard fairways and putts that kept dropping on the challenging Blue Course.
With clear, cloudless skies and the hot sun of recent weeks making the course more like a links course, there were great scores possible and Lisa took full advantage of the conditions to record her best score for many a year to win The Rothermere Cup.
“It’s as though I have been unburdened from the Captaincy that was a such a wonderful time and a great honour, but now I come to meetings and can concentrate on playing my golf.
“This is my best round for a very long time and I am going to hand my card into my home club as I need to get my handicap back down.”
Lisa’s 38pts means she has been cut 2 shots for her win with the Northcliffe, so under the Society’s rules she will now play off 16 handicap for her next three fixtures. In second place and cut 1 shot to 9 handicap for his 34pts was Joe Marvel from the Leicester finance office, beating Daily Mail photographer David Crump on countback. Close behind in 4th was Secretary Garth Burden with 33 pts and Will Flint in 5th on countback.
The rock-hard conditions of the course resulted in a record breaking win in the afternoon greensomes on the long Red Course, with Barry Theobald and Ian McGowan coming home with a remarkable 46pts.
They were well clear of morning runner-up Joe Marvel, playing off his new handicap of 9 with guest Graham McFarlane. Their 41pts beat Garth Burden and John Heywood into third place on countback.
There were three winners in the fund raising “Back the Winner” competition, Barry Theobald, Lisa and John Heywood, collecting £25 each with £25 to the Society funds. Joe Marvel and Keith Cottington were the only players to score a “2” in the morning and won £20 each. Champagne for Nearest the Pin was won by guest Phil Rock on the Blue Course 1st hole and in the afternoon Barry Theobald on the Red Course 18th.
There were two Match Play knock-out games played in the morning alongside the singles competition. Ian McGowan just beat Clive Heard and Captain Lee Terry needed the third extra hole to win against Keith Cottington after their match carried over to the afternoon. The day before, Joe Marvel beat Phillip Woods in their match played at Phillip’s Hadley Wood course.
Lisa’s handicap update: Her Club accepted the “dream round” scorecard of 38pts and cut her a shot to 17 handicap. This means her 2-shot cut with the Northcliffe will mean playing off 15 for the next 3-fixtures!
Lisa’s dream golf continues……..A Match Play win since The Berkshire against John Morgan puts her into the semi-final of this competition!