NICK IS “UP TO SCRATCH” AT WALTON HEATH
Society Captain Nick Stevens was certainly “up to scratch” at the Walton Heath fixture when winning his second successive trophy of the year.
Playing off 2-handicap after being cut a shot for winning at the first fixture of the new season at The Grove, there was no stopping Nick around the challenging Surrey course in brilliant sunshine with blue skies.
Competing in one of the Society’s largest ever turnouts of 46 players, his score of 42 points on the challenging New Course means he is now the first Society member in recent years to be playing future competitions off a scratch handicap.
Runner-up Barry Theobald was also cut 2-shots with his 40pts off 13 handicap, having played one of his best rounds with the Society.
Society rules are that single figure handicap winners are cut 1-shot if scoring up to 39pts and 2-shots if scoring 40pts or more. They are not cut unless breaking the par of the course.
Double-figure handicap winners scoring up to 39pts face a cut of 2-shots or one shot if runner-up. 40pts or more then the cut is 3-shots for winning or 2-shots for runners-up.
These penalties remain in force for the next three appearances in individual Society competitions and can be carried over to the following year.
Having won the Burton Challenge Cup at The Grove, Nick’s name will now be inscribed on The President’s Trophy, joining an illustrious list of previous winners.
If Nick’s “double” trophy win for the first two fixtures of the year was impressive, then former Captain John Morgan and his partner, Ian McIlgorm in the afternoon greensomes were equally impressive on the Old Course when they repeated last year’s win.
Playing for the Lady Rothermere Trophy, they beat last year’s winning score of 42pt with 44pts.
Because of the high number of players, there were seven prizes to be won for the morning round. In third place was Felix Duckworth with 36 points closely followed by Ian McIlgorm, Clive Heard, and Nick Jones all with 35 pts and only separated on countback. In seventh place was Craig Fawcett.
Both the New and the Old courses on this famous heathland course were being prepared for the forthcoming European tour’s qualifying event for the US Open and were in great condition, especially with the fast and tricky greens.
Runners-up in the afternoon greensomes were Ben Mason and guests Ian Fry with 39pts, third was Nick Stevens and his guest, Rowley Draper with 38pts, beating Clive Heard and Keith Cottington in fourth on countback.
Champagne for being “Nearest the Pin” in the Morning round was won by guest Ian Fry and by guest Ben Smart in the afternoon.
There were seven players who won £20 each in the “Back the Winner” competition with £45 going into the Society funds, and four players, Graham Brown, Andy Guiton, Ben Smart and Ian Fry winning £5 each for scoring “2’s in the morning round.
The Society’s next fixture is at Addington Palace on Monday, June 24.