It was to be expected that scores would be high, given that the course was playing some 1,000 yards short and the temporary greens were unprotected by bunkers, but the winning score was a surprise.
In cold but bearable weather, with luckily no wind to speak of, the 36 entrants were competing for the Winchester Bowl and for the first time this year any players who had worked on, in or behind the Ring were competing for the Harry Scott Memorial Trophy, presented by Triland Metals.
A number of scores in the 40s came in early as Tanya Epshteyn carded a 42 to take the clubhouse lead for the membership, while guest Charlie Richardson led the guests with 43. It was not long before both were eclipsed as Steven Smith came in with 45 and guest Phil Beck with 46. Even those stratospheric scores were not enough, and perhaps because the course conditions improved slightly, the later starters scored more heavily.
Rakesh Gupta, who has now joined as a member, scored 46 and outdid Phil Beck on a countback to win the guest prize while Melanie Wells came in with 47 to take the Harry Scott Memorial Trophy. The very last threeball, however, produced the score of the day with Chris Edwards scoring 50 points to take the Winchester Bowl.
Melanie was presented with her trophy by Sakai-san, Chairman of Triland, who gave a touching tribute to Harry as did Melanie in her acceptance speech. Appropriately enough, for those who knew Harry well, the trophy is a wonderful claret jug!
Sakai-san was also nearest the pin and Bill Green outhit Tanya Epshteyn to take the prize for the longest drive.
Due to the very poor course conditions and the lack of facilities for the ladies due to a locker room refurbishment, the club was kind enough to offer a discount. All players who would like to receive their £10 rebate should contact David Ratcliffe with their bank details. Ladies receive £20.