The heavens opened for the Society’s first ever visit to Coombe Hill in Surrey, with so much rain it was almost a case of should the competition be abandoned.Afternoon%20winners%20Mike%20Newell%20and%20Rob%20Thomas%20with%20Captain%20of%20the%20Day%20Mike%20Wall.JPGBut Northcliffe golfers are the hardy type and despite having to cope with several water-logged greens, most of the 36 players managed to complete the morning round.Lord Northcliffe, founder of the Northcliffe who along with the first Lord Rothermere were both early members at Coombe Hill, would have had a wry smile on his face if he had watched everyone trying to cope with the wet conditions.Coombe%20Hill%20Club%20House.JPG

There is no doubt that his view that “Golf tests all characteristics of man” was severely put to the test with the added ingredient of the heavy, non-stop rain as everyone tried, mainly unsuccessfully, to stay dry, but the conditions didn’t stop a tremendous finish with the outcome only being decided on count back.

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Winner of the “Caird Cup” with his 34 points, Rob Thomas from Jobsite, had come close several times to winning this year, having been beaten on count back at Royal St. George’s, but this time his back nine holes were good enough to lift the trophy and beat runner-up Mike Newell, also from Jobsite.

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Just two points away in third place with 32 points was Keith Cottington from HQP who again won on count back with 32 points from A&N Media’s Clive Heard.

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Quite a few players decided that they were still too wet to venture out for the afternoon greensomes competition, even though the rain had stopped. Morning winners from Jobsite, Rob and Mike showed that they knew how to cope with the conditions by again winning with 34pts between them. Both played off reduced handicaps following the morning round, Rob having been cut two shots to 12 and Mike one shot to 19 and, under the Society’s rules, they were only allowed to take home one prize each.

Runners-up were morning fourth, Clive, who partnered Johan Fourie from A&N Media. They just beat Mike Wall and John Frith from Jobsite, again on countback, with 32 points.

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Nearest the Pin on the picturesque 9th hole in the morning was Barry Theobald from the Colour Studio and in the afternoon, Stephen Byrne, from Euromoney.

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Clive Heard was the only person to score a “Two” in the morning and received £40, and Rob Thomas, Jonathan Brooke and Mike Newell, all received £60 each in the “Back the Winner” competition.

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