As is usual each year, Bowdon is willing to pay for 2 players from the club to play in each of the All-England Area Finals: 31 July: All-England GC Handicap Area Final at Ashby CC 21-22 August: All-England AC Handicap Area Final at Bury CC
If you would like to be considered for playing in either event then please let Ken Cooper know as soon as possible.
Winners/Runners-Up of the Area Finals are entitled to play in the respective National Final: 4-5 September: All-England AC Handicap National Final at Sidmouth CC 11-12 September: All-England GC Handicap National Final at Sidmouth CC
Three of Bowdon’s finest Golf Croquet players competed in the GC Open Championship, 13th-16th August.
John-Paul Moberley is playing off of -5 and was one of the favourites to lift the title, Will Mellor is on 1 and playing his first major championship; young Jack Good (2) is also competing.
Matches were played in blocks of 8 on an all-play-all basis. Unfortunately, Will was been drawn in Block A, the same block as J-P; Jack played in Block D. The top 4 of each block qualified for the knockout rounds while the others contested the Plate.
After qualifying for the Championship Knockout by finishing 2nd in his group, John-Paul lost in the first round and then proceeded to win the Bowl competition; Will & Jack played well in their blocks without qualifying but Jack went on to win the Plate Knockout competition.
The GC All-England Handicap Final will be held at Hamptworth, 12/13 September
Owing to lack of numbers, there will be no Area Finals in this year’s event; it will just consist of a final. If anyone would like to play, entry paid for by the club, then please contact Ken Cooper by Saturday, 27th June.
Meet new friends, see new places, learn new skills. Why not try something different with some friends from our club? The CA tournament and coaching programme is full of opportunities and the link below shows those that are near to our club in 2020. Unfortunately it looks like the events listed are all tournaments and there are no coaching sessions planned locally yet. For advice or more information, including how to enter, speak to our tournament secretary or one of our club coaches or have a look on the Croquet Association website using the link at the bottom of this poster.
Please click on this link to see a schedule of tournaments in the North.
Club Member, John-Paul Moberly, captained the England team at the WCF GC World Teams Championship, held in Nelson, New Zealand, between 6th – 12th January. Also in the England team are Richard Bilton, Tobi Savage & Stephen Mulliner. England played in Block B, along with New Zealand (the 2016 defending champions), Australia & Ireland. Block A had Egypt, the 2012 winners, USA, South Africa & Sweden. The teams played each other team in their block in one-day Test Matches. The top two in each block progressed to the semi-finals, finals and third/fourth place play-off. The bottom two in each block played a Plate event, in which the main objective is to avoid being eighth and, hence, relegated to Tier 2 for the next Championship in 2024
The England team finished 2nd place in Group B, thus qualifying for the semi-finals. There, they lost to the winners of Group A, Egypt, so played USA, the other losing semi-finalists in the 3rd/4th place play-off. They won this match which meant a 3rd place finish overall.
The England GC team are holding a warm-up weekend at Bowdon at the end of this month (23/24th Nov). It will be over two days when the England team will play the Elite Squad. There will be singles and doubles. 3 full lawns will be in use by the squad over the weekend. The games will start at 9.30am each day Teams: England – J-P Moberly, Stephen Mulliner, Tobi Savage, Richard Bilton Elite Squad – Ian Burridge, William Gee, Rachel Gee, James Death
It will not only be a chance for members/spectators to see some of the country’s best GC players in action, but also the England team. It doesn’t seem like there is much top level GC around this neck of the woods so it’s a great opportunity for people to come and spectate – the more spectators the merrier!