Society Captain Nick Stevens had an impressive “double win” at Walton Heath, the first fixture of the year due to the covid-19 lockdown that caused the cancellation of The Grove and the postponement to next year of the Inter-Company competition.

With almost a three-month delay to the start of the season with the virus preventing golf being played, Nick stole the show with a repeat of last year’s win with 40pts scored around the Old Course.  

It may have been a long wait for the start of fixtures, but his winning score of 40pts in the “President’s Trophy” nearly matched his 42pts of last year on the New Course,

As Nick found out last year, he will now be playing off scratch for his next three outings as Society handicap rules are that single-figure handicap winners are cut 1 shot if scoring up to 39 pts and 2 shots if scoring 40pts or more.

Single-figure runners-up will not be cut unless breaking the par of the course which is good news to new member Allan MacCaskell, who was runner-up with 36pts.

Penalties remain in force for the next three appearances in individual Society competitions and can be carried over to the following year.

There were unique playing conditions at the Club which had only just been able to start relaxing the coronavirus social distancing restrictions with players changing shoes in the car park after arriving 15 minutes before tee-off with, uniquely, a Hamburger and Chips meal instead of the usual impressive carvery lunch at the end of just the one round.

All players agreed that even though having to eat outside on the patio area by the practice putting green it had been a great day.

Last year’s 46 record number of players was beaten by 51 enjoying the blue skies and slick greens but the prize-giving was postponed to later in the year as no large gathering of players was allowed.

There were bottles of sanitizers and face-masks and special restrictions of no handling of the flagsticks during play and no rakes in the bunker with relief allowed for balls in disturbed sand.

With no prizes or trophy to present, Nick was given a bottle of hand sanitiser to mark his amazing double win from last year with the promise that when all restrictions are lifted, his winning prize will be presented.

Close up in 3rd place was Craig Fawcett with 35pts whose lower handicap gave him the edge over 4th place Chris Wallace who had the same score and  Roland Agambar was 5th with 34pts.

Because of the restrictions, there was no “Nearest the Pin”, Ball sweep or 2’s competition.  There were 3 winners in the “Back the Winner” competition with  John Morgan, John Heywood and Nick Jones winning £30 each with £55 raised for the Society funds.

Garth Burden

The Society’s next fixture is The Berkshire on Monday, July 13.