There may have been torrential rain and sub-zero temperatures but the Society’s first ever visit to West Hill proved to be an outstanding success.The unseasonal “arctic” weather which has dominated the start of this year’s golfing season didn’t put a dampener on the day, and it was smiles all round as everyone dried out in the Clubhouse before a wonderful lunch.West Hill has never featured on the Society’s fixture list before but this is such a great course that it has already been reserved again for next year.


It may not be the longest course to ever play, but being so much like a cross between Walton Heath and The Berkshire makes it a real class act with heathland fairways and slick greens well defended by strategically placed bunkers.

For Mike Wall, Captain of the new “Evenbase” team in this year’s Inter-Company competition, it was a double celebration.

Firstly it was his birthday so there were rousing cheers for him at the prize giving and then he managed to keep up his remarkable golfing record with the Society by winning The Burton Challenge Cup, the main trophy of the day.


This lead to even more rousing cheers as he collected the trophy and prize of a case of wine from vice-Captain Graeme Thomson.

Just one point away in second place with 34 points was Harmsworth Printing’s Peter Murphy who beat on count back, Stephen Byrne, the Captain of the new “Euromoney” team that is also playing in the Inter Company. In fourth place was Barry Theobald from the Colour Studio with 32 points with Jonathan Brooke from Jobsite beaten into fifth, again on count back.

Jonathan also won a bottle of Champagne for being Nearest the Pin on the 13th hole and his shot was so close that his was the only name on the marker.

The infamous Wooden Spoon that so often sees previous winners taking silverware at later fixtures was “won” by vice-Captain Graeme in a very close finish with several other members.

There was only one winner of the 2’s competition, Mike Creaby from the Standard and there were three winners of the fund raising “Back the Winner” competition. Mike Wall had the foresight to back himself along with Barry Theobald and new member Stephen Wright from the Daily Mail who all won £33 each.

Secretary Garth Burden thanked the Club for making the Society so welcome and allowing the day to go ahead despite the torrential rain that could have caused a postponement. He welcomed all the new members including Janet Lee from Mail Customer Value and said West Hill was an exceptional course that was a must for the regular fixture list.