Father & Son Competition at West Hill

Published: 15th April 2017

The Father & Son competition at West Hill is part of the Rights of Spring for golf and attracts players from across the U.K. West Hill is one of the less well known of the Surrey courses starting with a “W” (I can think of 6 straight off) for no good reason as it is every bit as good as any of the others and ideal for train spotters being beside the busy Southampton and Salisbury main line. One regular contender reported that it has been dramatically improved over the last 12 months with the removal of an enormous number of trees and now more closely resembles the course as designed by Cuthbert Butchart when opened in 1907. All great courses need regular attention to keep in tip top shape.

Scanning the results St Enodoc was represented by 5 pairs who all enjoyed good golf and excellent sportmanship from their opponents; there was no need to question if any of their opponents actually had a father! The only fallers at the first were Chris & Freddy Pett who sadly lost on the last green 1 down to the 6 & Scratch handicap Robert & Will Kendall. The 2nd round saw the demise of Guy Hovil and Father Tony who after a 6&5 opening win lost 3&2 to the Hankley Common Bathurst family. The 2nd round also saw an all St Enodoc battle between Andrew & Will Cronk and Ian and Russell Day which went in favour of the Days 3&2.

Round 4 saw the demise of the very strong Maurices - Hugh and Adam with a combined handicap of just 5, who having had wins of 3&2, 5&4 and 2&1 were finally beaten again by just one hole by Royal Wimbledon pair of Alastair & Max Smith who with a combined handicap of 18 were receiving a bucket load of shots. The final St Enodoc pair of Ian & Russell Day who only won their opening game at the 19th continued past the Cronks and then had a further 3&2 win only to go down in Round 4 (the last 16 of an entry of 116 teams) 5&4 to Roger & Benet Vincent. Well done to all with a lot of golf in a short space of time having started on Monday morning – no wonder Ian did not play Farmers on Thursday!