He thought his chance of winning had “Gone for a Burton” at the West Hill fixture but instead of being amongst the also rans, the Daily Mail’s Neil Darbyshire came home the clear winner..
Executive Editor Neil didn’t think for one moment when he completed his round that 33 pts would be anywhere near good enough to win the Burton Challenge Cup, but the tricky greens that were so fast even for the start of the season and tough Par Four holes proved to be the undoing of so many of the players.
“This is a wonderful course to play and I never thought for one moment that my score would to win” said Neil who had never played West Hill before.
“It has got to be one of the best courses I’ve played and I will really look forward to coming back next year,” he said.
The scoring was so remarkably low that only three players, including Neil, managed to score 30 or more points.   In second was circulation’s Chris Underhill with 31 pts and the Society’s Handicap Guru, Ian McGowan, in third with 30pts.
There were then three players all with 28 pts with Phil Barber taking fourth, Alan Jackson fifth and Neil McColl 6th place, all decided on count back.
The infamous “Wooden Spoon” was “won” by Edward Hawkins and Phil Barber took the champagne for his “Nearest the Pin” shot on the 13th but don’t ask him how he came to miss the putt from just under a foot away from the hole!
Trophy winner Neil had the foresight to back himself in the fund raising “Back the Winner” contest, winning £60 with £20 going to the Society.  There were just two winners of the “2’s” competition, Barry Theobald and Roland Agambar who both collected £15 each with £10 to the Society.