The Society has played in a wide variety of weather over the years but Northwood had a real mix for a perfect summer fixture.
There were blue skies and sunshine as players teed-off followed by jet black storm clouds, hailstones, torrential rain and thunder with lightning thrown in for good measure halfway through the morning round.
Fortunately, despite loud claps of thunder seemingly overhead and lightning in the distance, the Club’s radar showed it was still safe to carry on playing with the storm at least the necessary 20 miles away.
With everyone donning waterproofs in the dramatic change in the weather, it didn’t stop a first-time Society win for John Tucker.
Having shown great form at the previous Berkshire fixture where he was 3rd with 36 points, just beaten on count back, his 39pts was enough to claim the Tom Marlowe Cup, one of the Society’s oldest trophies named after the Daily Mail’s longest serving Editor.
John’s score was 2pts clear of runner-up Joe Marvel with Clive Heard 3rd with 36pts, winning on count back from Ian McGowan in 4th. Winner John was cut two shots to 22 handicap with Joe cut one shot to 7.
Playing a 9xHole Texas scramble for the afternoon fixture again proved very popular and will now be a regular fixture for the Society when it is possible to play two rounds.
Morning winner John, playing off his new reduced handicap, was again in the winner’s enclosure as part of the afternoon scramble team of Lee Terry, Barry Theobald and Harry Grinrod. With a 10% handicap allowance of 5.9 they scored 27.1, beating runners-up Will Flint, Craig Fawcett, Joe Marvel and Joe’s brother Luke, his guest with a combined handicap of 27.5.
Because of the social distancing restrictions there was again no prize-giving, Nearest the Pin or Ball Sweep and lunch was pre-ordered when booking. Not only does Northwood have a great reputation of immaculate USGA greens, but the lunch choice of chicken curry, lasagne, or cheeseburger proved to be a tremendous success.
There was only one winner in the fund raising Back the Winner competition with £110 invested, secretary Garth Burden who collects £50 with £60 going to the Society.
The 25th anniversary annual match against North Foreland Golf Club, on Sunday, September 13, is by invitation only because of covid-19 restrictions there will only be14 players in each team. The following day, Monday, September 14th at Royal Cinque Ports, Deal, there are no restrictions on numbers.