Fresh from having his handicap cut by one shot after a good round at his local club, Mike Creaby carried on the good form with a clear cut win at the West Hill fixture.
His 38pts were three points clear of runner-up Joe Marvel, whose 35pts beat Ben Mason on count-back. Barry Theobald took fourth place with 34pts, again winning on countback from Dan Hyde in fifth.
Mike, playing off his new club handicap of 13 was cut 2 shots for his win, with Joe cut one shot to eight handicap. Both will now play off their new handicaps for their next three golf days under Society handicap rules.
There was a good turnout for this final fixture before the traditional Christmas Texas Scramble at The Berkshire, with several players hoping to improve their “Order of Merit” positions to qualify for the play-off and win the “Golfer the Year” competition.
With Captain Nick Stevens, Lisa Heywood and Clive Heard all having already guaranteed their places in the top four positions, there was only one other place available.
At the end of their rounds, both Trophy winner Mike and fourth placed Barry, shared fourth position from their best three finishing places throughout the year. This was the first time that this had happened in the Order of Merit and it took the Society’s Committee a while to work out who should qualify for the fourth place.
After considering various options, it was decided that the total stableford points scored by each player at each of their three qualifying golf events should decide who would go through with Barry having just the better accumulative total.
If there was any consolation for Mike, he ended up by backing himself and being the only person to do so in the fund raising “Back the Winner” competition, scooping a pay-out of £80 with £70 going to the Society funds.
Presenting Mike with the “Rothermere Cup”, Vice-Captain Barry congratulated him for playing one of his best ever rounds with the Society, and said that he had been a worthy winner with his good score.
The flag on the short Par 3 13th hole was tucked away behind the bunker facing the tee and this proved to be the undoing of virtually all players, apart from former Captain John Morgan whose shot won him the champagne for being “Nearest the Pin” by managing to avoid the sand trap.
Despite days of heavy rain, West Hill was in near perfect conditions with the course in great condition and there was special praise for the carvery lunch from the players before the prize-giving.
Next year’s West Hill fixture will take place on Monday, October 26th.