They say that practice makes perfect and Clive Heard proved the point at The Berkshire fixture.
In his new role following moving on to new pastures from his job in Daily Mail finance, Clive is now a fully qualified caddy at the prestigious Beaverbrook Course near to his South London home. After guiding players around the course he’s out on the course himself, honing his swing to near perfection.
The result was plain to see at the April fixture held at The Berkshire, when playing off an 8 handicap he demolished a classy field by scoring 40 stableford points around the Blue Course to win The Rothermere Cup.
Close up in second came Daily Mail’s Felix Duckworth whose 38 pts beat Harmsworth Printing’s Keith Cottington on countback, with Mailonline’s Chris Cutmore in 4th with 36pts and secretary Garth Burden 5th with 33pts.
Clive was cut one shot as a single figure handicapper under the Society’s handicap rules and will now play his next three matches off seven. Felix was also cut one shot and will now play off 11 handicap.
This year as it was an early April fixture, there was just one round for the official competition, though several members were able to play the Red Course in the afternoon with enough light to complete their rounds. Prizes were won by Ian McGowan for scoring 32pts, Barry Theobald for coming 2nd with 29pts and Keith Cottington in third place with 28pts.
There were two champagne prizes won during the morning round for Nearest the Pin. Peter Williams on the 4th and Will Flint on the 13th. With £130 in the fund raising Back the Winner competition, there were three winners receiving £30 each. Trophy winner Clive, Jayne Burden and Martin Morgan with £40 going to the Funds. Two players, Phil Hunt and Keith Cottington, won £10 each for scoring 2’s during the morning round with £24 going to Society funds.
Next year the fixture will move to July 10th so that there will be enough time for both the Red and Blue courses can be played.
Secretary Garth Burden said that nothing could really better two rounds on The Berkshire on a warm summers day and he was hopeful that lunch could be served on the outside patio to save players having to change for the carvery meal.