It’s not often that Northcliffe players struggle to make par at one of the Society golf days, but Northwood, played off the white tees, proved to be too much of a tough test.
Usually the Society plays from the yellow tees on the courses played, but with conditions ideal and the course looking great with it’s fast greens, it was considered worth trying the white tees.
But there was a noticeable difference with Clive Heard winning the Tom Marlowe trophy with just 33pts, Mike Creaby taking second with 32pts, last year’s winner Lisa Heywood taking 3rd with 31pts off the ladies red tees, and Keith Cottington 4th with 30 pts.
Clive, who has won the trophy before, just had the edge but like all players, the white tees made all the difference to the scoring. So tricky and fast were the greens that for the first time in many years, not one player managed to score a “2” so the kitty of £52 rolls over to the Royal Cinque Ports fixture where there will be at least £100 to share out.
Like the Northwood greens, the Royal Cinque Ports greens are just as difficult and last year only one person managed a “2” to win the money in the kitty. If no one gets a “2” at the Deal course then it will roll over to the West Hill fixture.
For the first time there was a Texas Scramble over 9-holes for the afternoon competition, instead of the usual greensomes competition over a full round.
Winners were the team of Barry Edwards, Mike Creaby and guests Andy Williams and Rex Galbraith. Runners-up were Barry Theobald, Kerrel Wills, Jayne Burden and guest Luke Marvel.
Members were mixed in their views of the change with some players finding it a far more sociable way of ending the day, while others preferred the chance of playing another full round in the greensomes format.
Secretary Garth Burden said that as and when suitable, it would be worth trying the Texas Scramble format again, but this would not happen when there was a trophy to be played for during the afternoon.
At the Walton Heath fixture when the Society rotates between the New and Old courses morning and afternoon, the Texas Scramble would not work.
There were four people who selected Clive Heard in the fund raising “Back the Winner” competition. Clive, Jayne Burden, Joe Marvel and Kerrel Wills all won £25 each with £55 going to the Funds. With no winner in the “2’s” competition, there is £52 carried over to the next fixture at Royal Cinque Ports. Champagne for Nearest the Pin on the 3rd hole in the morning was won by local assistant professional Colin Parker, a guest of the Society, and in the afternoon by Keith Cottington on the 15th hole.