Get ready for a great day at WALTON HEATH, MONDAY, MAY 14, for £79 which includes £5 for the Ball Sweep and the 2’s competition.

The only extra to pay is £5 for the “Back the Winner” competition, which is paid on the day.  Because of the price, there is no reduction if you can only play the one round.

This year we play the New Course in the morning for the singles competition and then the Old Course in the afternoon for the drawn greeensomes.  There are bacon rolls and coffee to start the day, a carvery lunch (Jacket over casual, no jeans or trainers) and sandwiches at close of play before the prize-giving.

We are lucky enough to play these two wonderful heathland courses as the Club prepares for the European qualifier for the US Open golf tournament that takes place over the same courses.

There is always the chance that one of the professionals on the European Tour will be out having a practice, as happened when the afternoon Northcliffe players met up with Miguel Jiménez as he hit balls on the course.

Our Society have some wonderful fixtures during the year, but Walton Heath stands out for sheer class and quality.  Steeped in golfing history and carved out of natural heath land, there cannot be a finer setting for our May fixture than this famous Surrey course that has hosted the Ryder Cup, US qualifier, Senior Open Championship and this year the British Masters.

The morning singles on the not so young “New Course” is for “The President’s Trophy” and then, after lunch, the amazing Old Course, both ranked among the top 100 courses in the World. The afternoon is drawn Greensomes  for “The Viscountess Rothermere Cup” so make sure you let me know if you are only playing the one round.

Only two stableford points separated the top five players in last year’s morning singles in a field of 33 members for The President’s Trophy, presented to the Society by Lord Rothermere, Chairman of DMGT and President of the Golfing Society, in memory of his late father, Vere, who was such a great supporter of the Northcliffe.

Winner was Ian McGowan, whose 39pts beat Mail on Sunday’s Gordon Thomson’s 39 pts on countback over the last six holes. In third was mailnewspapers John Tucker with 38pts, beating, again on countback, retired Northcliffe Newspaper’s Kerrel Wills. In fifth was mailnewspapers Danny Williams with 37pts.

If the morning round was a close finish, then the afternoon greensomes round for the Lady Rothermere Trophy was just as close, with Danny Williams and partner Barry Theobald from the colour studio winning, again on countback, with 38pts from Chris Wallace, mail advertising and Robert Hudson, also from mail advertising.

 ENTER THE MATCH PLAY KNOCK COMPETITION

Entry will also close for the “Match Play” knock-out competition for the Cousins Bowl.   Holder Daily Mail photographer David Crump will be out to defend the Trophy so make sure you enter this free to enter contest.   Matches can be played at your home course, or if unable to fix a date, then it is possible play the match at one of the Society’s golf days although this does sometimes work against the chance to win the Trophy of the Day.   Whatever you decide to do, make sure your name is in the draw for the chance to win one of the Society’s main trophies.

The Committee have decided that to conserve funds normally spent on engraved glassware for winners, that at this year’s events this cost will go towards the prizes presented on the day, so enabling the cost of the day being kept to the minimum.

They also agreed that the penalty of playing off a reduced handicap for 3 appearances, will be carried over from previous years.  All individual games will qualify but not any 4 x ball competition, match play or the Christmas Scramble.

Garth Burden

  • Enter by submitting your details on the website for the Walton Heath fixture.
  • Please send your name and contact details via the Contact Us page or email them to mailto:gpburden@ntlworld.com.
  • Payments of £79 can be made direct to the society’s account.
    Lloyds Bank, Sort code 30-92-45, Account no. 01571241. (please inlude your name for payment reference)
  • Guests can be invited if numbers allow and will cost £130 for the day.    Check out the Club website https://www.waltonheath.com and see what a bargain price your golf day will be.
  • Walton Heath Golf Club
  • Deans Lane, Walton on the Hill,
    Surrey KT20 7TP
  • Tel: 01737 812380
  • Order of the day
  • The Clubhouse opens at 7 a.m for bacon roll, tea or coffee followed by Carvery  lunch.
  • Sandwiches at end of afternoon round followed by prize giving.
  •  Morning competition from 8 a.m on the NEW COURSE.   “The President’s Trophy” Holder: Ian McGowan.

  • 18 Holes stableford singles competition off full handicap. Green tee Boxes.
  • Champagne will be awarded for “Nearest the Pin” on the 2nd
  • Afternoon Greensomes from 2.30 pm Old Course. “The Lady Rothermere Trophy”     Holders: Barry Theobald and Danny Williams.

  • Half combined handicaps.  Green Tee Boxes
  • Champagne will be awarded for “Nearest the Pin” on the 17th.

A list of playing partners and tee-times will be circulated before the day.

                                   TO HELP SPEED UP PLAY  

       Drop out of the heather with a one shot penalty if ball is lost. 

       Par 3 holes are Call UP holes if other players are waiting on the tee

Examples of “ready golf” suggested by the R&A

Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot
and is taking time to assess their options.

Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait.

Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play.

Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball.

Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s ball.

Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest
from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker.

When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer
to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the
other player is walking to their ball and assessing their shot.

Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player
to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off.