A Society record was set at Northwood when trophy winner David Crump completed a unique hat trick of wins. 

Having won Walton Heath in June and then The Berkshire in July, he completed the hat-trick a month later at the North London Club.

Cut 2-shots from his WHS and Club handicap of 17 for the first win, he followed up by winning on countback at the next fixture. Then under a 4-shot penalty of 13 handicap he completed the back-to-back wins at his home course of  Northwood.  He will now play off 11, only getting 2 shots back after playing under penalty for each of the 3 wins.

 Because of earlier wins, David went almost unnoticed in the “Back the Winner” competition and didn’t as usual back himself, putting money on other players. 

His 35-points was just enough to claim the “Tom Marlowe” trophy, on count back, from another Society and local Northwood  member, Mike Creaby.  Close-up in third with 34 points was Society handicap guru, Ian McGowan, who beat Joe Marvel on count-back. 

The unique run of form started in June, scoring 38pts to win the President’s Trophy at Walton Heath, followed in July with 37pts at The Berkshire with the Rothermere Cup before winning the Tom Marlowe Cup.

 Society guest, Northwood Club Captain, Graham Hamilton, was the only person to invest money on David in the Back the Winner competition. There was £80 in the kitty with Graham winning £50 and £30 going into the Society funds.

 With COVID restrictions lifted for the first time this year at a Society fixture, it was possible to have the popular “2’s” competition.  There were four winners including David; HQP’s Keith Cottington; mailmetromedia’s Luke Turner and Leicester’s Finance Joe Marvel. They all won £5 with £14 for the funds.

Champagne for Nearest the Pin in the morning on the Par 3 third hole was won by Joe with Northwood Club Captain Graham winning the champagne in the afternoon.

 After a carvery lunch, the afternoon 9xhole Texas Scramble competition was won by the team of Barry Theobald, Mike Creaby, Clive Heard and Graham Hamilton with a score of 25.7. Runners-up with 27.8 were the team of Jayne Burden; Phillip Woods; Dan Hall and guest Martin Hall.

Society vice-Captain Barry Theobald presented the prizes and echoed all players thoughts that it had been so good to be getting back to normal with the lifting of restrictions, enabling everyone to enjoy the extra “2’s” and Nearest the Pin competitions, plus the addition of a full carvery lunch in the Clubhouse. 

 With restrictions lifted, it was also possible for held over prizes from  last year’s October fixture at West Hill to be awarded, plus this year’s Tandridge, Walton Heath and The Berkshire fixtures.

 Next golf days are the annual match against North Foreland Golf Club on Sunday, September 12 and Royal Cinque Ports on the Monday, September 13.   

Garth Burden