What a difference a year made for Society vice-Captain Barry Theobald at The Berkshire fixture.    

Last year he presented the main trophy, The Rothermere Cup, to photographer David Crump……..this year he won it himself!

Barry’s 39pts was 3pts clear of 4 players who all scored 36 points with Neil Darbyshire taking 2nd place; John Tucker in 3rd; Joe Marvel 4th and Craig Fawcett in 5th, all separated on countback. 

There was no trophy presentation this year because of covid-19 social distancing, but as at the last Walton Heath fixture, the trophy presentations will take place later in the year. 

Barry was cut 2 shots from 14 to 12 for his win and Neil 1 shot from 18 to 17 for his runner-up spot.  

There was a bumper turnout of 35 members and 5 guests for the fixture on both the Blue and Red Courses, with Keith Cottington and guest Phil Rock winning the afternoon greensomes with 39pts.  

There were then 5 pairings all with 37 points with Craig Fawcett and Andrew Guiton 2nd and Will Flint and guest Luke Marvel in 3rd, all decided on countback .  

With no bacon rolls or the usual carvery, lunch took place on the veranda with a varied menu of cheese burgers, lasagne, club sandwich or salads served from the Club’s Snack Bar, with staff bringing drinks from the Bar.  

So popular was lunch outside in the warm sunshine, that this will now be repeated at next year’s fixture with the traditional Berkshire carvery held for the Christmas Scramble. 

All players were delighted with the way the Club had allowed the annual fixture to go ahead with players abiding by the covid-19 social distancing restrictions.

Because of coronavirus, there was no Nearest the Pin, 2’s or Ball sweep with flags left in the hole and relief allowed in bunkers if balls landed in disturbed sand. 

There was £150 invested in the “Back the Winner” fund raising competition with Garth Burden and John Heywood both winning £50 and £50 going into the funds. 

The Society’s next fixture will be Northwood, on Monday, August 17, in Middlesex.   Lunch will be pre-ordered and the cost of the day will be £55 for members and £75 for guests.  There will be singles stableford in the morning and a 9 x Hole Texas Scramble in the afternoon.

My thanks to Ian McGowan for sorting out the scorecards, with several cards not being put in the special box and details having to be chased up.

Garth Burden