WHAT A PICTURE – WHAT A PHOTOGRAPH!
Daily Mail photographer David Crump has spent much of his working life at the wrong end of a camera, taking fashion, news and action photographs from around the world, but at The Berkshire fixture it was his turn to face the camera after winning the Rothermere Cup.
Playing the challenging Red Course where the Society holds the popular Christmas Scramble competition, David’s 38pts – including a birdie for 4pts on the toughest stroke-one Par 4 hole – gave him the winning score.
This was three clear of runner-up Clive Heard, who had been cut one shot to 7 handicap for winning at the recent Addington Palace fixture. Clive beat Phillip Woods on count-back with Graham Brown in 4th with 34pts.
Lee Terry who will Captain this year’s dmg-media team in Hardelot in September, played his best Society game for some time in 5th place with 32 points.
David was cut 2-shots to 16 handicap for his next three Society individual competitions for his win. Runner-up Clive remains on 7 handicap as there is no penalty under Society handicap rules for single figure players who do not break par of the course.
The afternoon greensomes competition was played on the equally challenging Blue course with the intimidating long par three starting hole.
Both picturesque Red and Blue courses that wend their way through trees with purple heather in full bloom were in brilliant condition with fairways fully recovered from last year’s dry summer and greens that were in superb condition.
Not only were the courses in fantastic condition, but the famous Berkshire carvery lunch was up to its usual high quality. With the weather of warm sunshine and blue skies, lunch was served on the Club’s veranda with no need to change into collar and tie before going out to play the afternoon competition.
There were clear-cut winners of the afternoon greensomes. Martin Smith and guest Chris Pinnock scored 37pts, beating the 33pts of Vice-Captain Barry Theobald and Clive Heard with Kerrel Wills and Graham Brown third with 32pts on countback.
It was a good day of golf for morning winner David. Not only did he win the main trophy, he had the sense to invest £5 on himself to win in the “Back the Winner” competition. Along with Edmund Davison and guest Dave Penny, they all won £30 with £45 going to the funds.
David also won the morning Champagne for “Nearest the Pin” on the 18th hole with the afternoon champagne on the Blue Course 1st hole won by guest Adam Penhale.
“I know so many people say it after winning, but it was one of those wonderful days when everything happened. The putts kept dropping and the ball stayed on the fairways. Something we all dream about when we start a round of golf and today it has happened to me” winner Dave said.
As Society Captain Nick Stevens was away, vice-Captain Barry Theobald presented the prizes and thanked everyone at The Berkshire for making the day such a great success, with particular mention to the catering staff for such wonderful food.
Next Society fixture is Northwood, Monday, August 19.
Enter on the website at the end of July.