WEST HILL BEATS THE RAIN
The end of season fixture at West Hill was in doubt right up to the last minute after torrential rain closed the course the day before, but the rain relented overnight and the green staff were out in force to make play possible.
Conditions were so good that you would hardly have known there had been a threat of “No Play” with greens and fairways in fantastic condition.
Taking advantage of the respite from the weather, Adam Kemp not only won the day but moved up the Order of Merit table enough to claim a place in the play-off for the title “Golfer of the Year”.
He hadn’t played since August though had practiced a couple of times at his local Driving Range. After a fairly mundane start, pars and birdies helped him to 37pts to win The Rothermere Cup.
Close up in second with 36pts was Keith Cottington who also won the champagne for his “Nearest the Pin” shot on the tricky 13th. Adam was cut two shots to 15 handicap and Keith, one shot to 11.
Barry Theobald took third place with 32pts, David Crump fourth, 31pts and Roland Agambar fifth, 29pts.
There were two players scoring “2’s” in the fund raising competition. Trophy winner Adam and guest John Heywood, husband of former Captain Lisa, who stole the headlines with an “Eagle Two” on the Par 4 12th hole. Both won £15 with £14 going to the Society Funds.
The “Back the Winner” winners were Adam and Lisa, both collecting £40 each with £50 to the Funds.
The final “Order of Merit” result will be a play-off between Lisa, David, Adam and Clive Heard. Lisa and David both had six points, Adam 9 points and Clive 12 points, based on their three best finishing positions at Society’s golf days during the year.
The Match Play final will be between Ian McGowan and Mike Creaby and both competitions are due to be played at The Grove.
Society Captain, Lee Terry, presented the prizes and thanked everyone at West Hill for making the day such a great success.