The Society’s most consistent golfer, Jobsite’s Mike Wall, won the Caird Cup at the Coombe Hill fixture in the closest possible finish.
His 34 points around the tough Surrey course was enough to lift the main trophy of the day, but it was only on count-back that he beat Metro’s Craig Fawcett who came in with the same number of stableford points.
Having played with a handicap penalty at recent fixtures for being a previous prize winner – he had only just got his shots back to his Club handicap of 13 for the Caird Cup – he has now been cut two shots for his next three Society games.
His win moves him up to the top of the Society’s Order of Merit competition but Mike, who is also in the semi-final of the Match Play knockout, still faces tough competition having to play off his new handicap.
The top four players in the Order of Merit competition, which ends at the next Worplesdon fixture, will play against each other for the trophy and there are still many players who can qualify. Mike also faces Society vice-Captain Graeme Thomson in the Match Play semi-final under his new, reduced handicap and the winner will then play Society secretary Garth Burden in the final.
All players found Coombe Hill tough, with the course playing very long after recent heavy rain but it was in exceptional condition with the greens particularly good.
Close up in third place with 33 points was Harmsworth Printing’s Keith Cottington with Mail Newspapers advertising executive, Nick Stevens fourth with 31 points.
There was also a very close finish to the afternoon greensomes competition with colour studio manager Barry Theobald and Euromoney’s Stephen Byrne winning with 37 points, just one ahead of morning runner-up Craig and his partner, Mail production manager Ian Sweeney. In third place with 34 points were Society handicap guru Ian McGowan and morning third Keith.
Nearest the Pin in the morning on the 17th hole was Jobsite’s Jonathan Brooke and in the afternoon Nick Stevens. Longest drive in the morning was won by Craig Fawcett and in the afternoon the prize went to Nick Stevens who came second, even though Craig had beaten him, as under Society rules, players can only receive one prize in each competition.
Caird Cup winner Mike Wall was shrewd enough to select himself in the fund raising “Back the Winner” competition and he was also picked out as the likely winner by Barry Theobald and Ian Sweeney. They all won £25 each with £20 raised for the Society. The short Par Three holes proved to be as tough as they looked off the tee with former Daily Mail deputy Editor Alistair Sinclair being the only winner of the “2’s” competition. He won £25 with £13 being raised for the funds.