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In January Keith Aiton was runner-up in the New Zealand Open, beaten by Stephen Mulliner in the final.
Ian Lines and New Zealander Michael Wright won the New Zealand Open Doubles
In April David Walters won the Lancashire International Golf Open at Heaton Park and was runner-up in the Pendle Advanced.  
Ian Lines won the Millenium Trophy, also at Heaton Park.
Keith Aiton won the Southport Advanced tournament.

Wednesday Competition

As usual, John Wilkinson won the first Wednesday Comp. of the season, followed, in April, by Alan Mayne, Barry McKenzie and Sir Patrick Cheyne.

Bowdon Saints beat Bowdon Canons 8-1 in the NW Federation Advanced league

Other News
Barry Keen and Christine Irwin ran a laws course which produced two new referees at Bowdon, David Walters and Ken Cooper.

World Championship
The World Championships were held in Florida with David Maugham, Keith Aiton, Ian Lines, Colin Irwin, Andrew Winn and David Walters all taking part. David Maugham, Keith and Ian reached the knock-out stage.

Other Tournaments

 Margaret Russell won Bowdon's first CA Event of the year, the Reed Cup, beating Alan Mayne in the final.

Ian Lines was runner-up in the Coles.
Mike and Sylvia Steer won the Budleigh Salterton doubles and also came back from the Corfu Open with a win in the doubles (Sylvia), runner-up in the 14pt. Handicap (Sylvia) and third place in the Handicap Singles (Mike)..
Patrick Cheyne was the winner of the Millenium Handicap event at  Heaton Park.

Wednesday Competition:
There were wins for Steve Reynolds and Barry McKenzie and two for the eventual winner of the Wednesday Comp. Season award, Steve Lewis.

Team Matches
Wins in the Midweek League for Earls (6-1) at home to Griffins and (4-3) away to Southport and Griffins (4-3) away to Bury.
A win for Bowdon Saints (6-3) at home to Bury in the Advanced League.

The Southport and Bowdon Earls teams

Wins for Firs away at Crake (6-1) in the Handicap League but they were narrowly beaten (4-3) at home by Pendle.

Other Highlights

The Beginners Course started with more than 30 participants.

Cheshire (above), which was made up entirely of Bowdon players, were runners-up in the Counties.

David Maugham won the Bowdon June Weekend trophy for the tenth time.

Richard Smith was runner-up in the Bath Adanced tournament.

Ian Lines won the Pendle Advanced and Brian Storey won the Cumbria Cup at Crake.
There were two more tournament wins for David Maugham, the Men's and the Easterns.

Wednesday Competition
Mike Steer, Steve Lewis, Ros Pimlott and Keith James all won a Wednesday Comp. each.

Team Matches
St. Mary's lost two home matches to Crake (5-2) and Southport (4-3) in the NW Handicap league but managed to beat Bury away 5-2.
Also in the NW Handicap League Firs managed a good 5-2 win at Bury.
In the Advanced League Saints had a close encounter with Crake Valley, winning 5-4.
The Short team lost 11-5 at Southport and the Griffins beat Southport 4-3.

Other Highlights
Martin Granger Brown had the honour of meeting Prince Charles to be presented with his MBE.

Bowdon won the Southport Jamboree Trophy, open to all NW Federation teams.

Ailsa Lines and David Maugham (England), Keith Aiton (Scotland) and David Walters (Wales) all played for their country in the Home Internationals. David had a 4/4 record but could not stop England from winning the tournament.

Colin Irwin got out his cooking utensils to provide another superb barbecue.

    Francois Garcia won the Bath Handicap tournament.
John Lucas won the Heaton Park handicap.
Richard Smith won the Advanced competition at Southport.
Ken Cooper won the Open Singles, Handicap Doubles (with Jenny Dennis) and the Advanced Singles at the Northerns (with Alan Mayne). Other Northerns winners were Mike Steer ('B' Class), Francois Garcia ('C' Class) and Alan Linton (Hamdicap).

Wednesday Competition

Two wins for Lorna Frost and one for David Holland.

Team Matches
Bowdon Canons 7 Fylde 2,  Bowdon Saints 5 Crake Valley 4
Chester 4 Bowdon St. Marys 3,  Bowdon St. Marys 3 Fylde 4
Fylde 7 Bowdon Griffins 0, Bowdon Earls 4 Bury 3, Pendle 4 Bowdon Earls 3
Bowdon 9 Fylde 7,  Bowdon 6 Llanfairfechan 10

There were three good away wins in the knockout tournamnrts, the Longman Cup 4-3 at Pendle, the Mary Rose team won 5-1 at Bristol and the Inter-Club match 5-2 at Edgbaston.

Other Highlights
Bowdon lost to the NZ Youth team (well two of them) 5-3.
The Culcheth club came across for a friendly Golf match .

Pupils from Altrincham Grammar School spent a day at the club.
Scotland won the 'Alternative Counties'.

The Scottish team

David Walters was invited to take part in croquet on a cruise liner.

After 20 years trying for a triple peel John Wastell completed one in the Saints match against  Fylde and followed it with another 3 days later!
Ian Lines won the North of England Championships played at Bowdon and also won the Cavendish Clock at Crake Valley.

Barry Keen won the Pendle Handicap Tournament.

Wednesday Competition
Ken Cooper won Wild Wednesday.

The other Wednesday tournaments in August were won by David Holland, Ken Cooper and Steve Lewis.

Team Matches
In the Advanced League there was a win (5-4) at Southport and a defeat (3-6 at Fylde) for Canons whilst the Saints went down 7-2 at Crake.
There were two 4-3 defeats (to Pendle at home and Bury Peelers away) for St. Mary's in the Handicap league whilst Firs won 4-3 at Bury Caesars) and won 6-1 at home to Chester. The Short team lost 9-7 at Pendle and Griffins had a brilliant 7-0 win over Pendle.
Janice Moir and Paul Widger did well enough in the regional finals of the All England handicap to get through to the national finals.

Four club members took part in the Eights tournaments but, unusually for Bowdon, none of them was successful.

Newcomer Derek Watson won the Novices one-day tournament.

Mike Sandler won the Bowdon 'B' level Advanced trophy.

Margaret Russell won the inaugural President's Mug competition.

Wednesday Competition
There were 2 wins for Alan Mayne and one each for John Leckie, Margaret Russell, Janice Moir and Lorna Frost. The champion for the whole season was Steven Lewis who won the title for the third time.

Team Matches
Bowdon Saints' 9-0 win at home to Southport and their narrow 5-4 defeat at Pendle was enough to win the NW Federation Advanced League title
and Bowdon Canons, despite a good 7-2 win at Bury, had to settle for the runners-up spot.
Bowdon Firs beat Southport 5-2 and finished as runners-up in the Handicap League with St. Mary's in 7th place.
The Short Croquet team lost 13-3 at Bury but finished the season with two good home victories (Birkdale 10-6 and Chester 11-5) and managed a respectable 5th position in the league.
The Earls won the Midweek League, finishing on a winning note by beating Fylde 4-3. The Griffins lost 5-2 at Chester and finished up 4th in the league.
No glory in the knock-out tournaments this year with  Bury, Cheltenham and Colchester beating the Longman Cup, Mary Rose and Inter-Club teams respectively.

The Midweek league and
Advanced league winning captains with their trophies

Other Highlights

Barry Keen played for the English CA against the Swiss CA in Geneva.
Ros Pimlott became a Grade 1 Association Croquet Coach.
The club's AGM and Annual Dinner were held in November.