For the second time running and showing that form does count, Daily Mail photographer David Crump was on the wrong end of a camera as he posed again for the winner’s picture at the first golf day of the new season held at The Grove.

He beat off a strong field in testing conditions, winning the Burton Challenge Cup by three clear points. For those who studied form, they would have remembered that David was presented with the Match Play Knock-out Trophy by Lord Rothermere at the Christmas Scramble, having beaten all comers during the 2017 knockout competition.

A grey and rainy day didn’t spoil the enjoyment of playing at this Championship course that has hosted both the British Masters and The Amex, with everyone agreeing that it was a great golfing venue to start the Northclife season.

The greens were in great condition and the course held up well as the rain didn’t stop and David was certainly singing in the rain after chipping in for four points from off the fairway on the long Par Four 14th hole.

“It was one of those days when everything just seemed to happen” said 18-handcapper David who now has to play off 16 following his win for the Burton Challenge Cup….and this will include the Inter-Company competition in Portugal!

His 33 pts was clear of runner-up Edmund Davison, playing off his reduced handicap of 12 following his win last year at West Hill. Edmund has now been cut another shot so he will be playing off 11 handicap in the Inter-Company.

Close up in third was Graham Brown with 29pts with Lisa Heywood beating Mike Creaby on countback into fourth with her 28 pts. Sixth was Adam Kemp who beat Kerrel Wills, again on countback, with 26 pts.

Nearest the Pin on the 4th was won by guest Stan Kelley and Keith Cottington won the Champagne on the long, downhill 13th.

Captain Lee Terry was the only person who managed to score a 2 and won £34 in the “2’s competition with £34 going into the Society Funds and there were five winners who did study the form and selected David Crump to win the Burton Challenge Cup. They all won £20 each with £45 to the Funds.