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.
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!
Two Bowdon players, Jack Good and Margaret Moss, competed in the All England Golf Croquet Handicap National Final at the peaceful Camerton and Peasedown Croquet Club in Somerset. The club is on the edge of Peasedown, formerly a coal mining village, but now a commuter village for Bath and Bristol. Jack and Margaret were the only players from the North and Midlands Final to participate. It was a friendly weekend, in lovely weather. The handicaps ranged from -4 to +12. Out of the 13 players who completed the tournament, Jack came third, with 8 wins and Margaret came 9th with 4 wins and a draw. The winner was Dominic Averold of Bristol. Jack was the only player to beat him. Margaret lost to Dominic at the golden hoop.
Steve Reynolds and John Lucas were joined by Jack Good at this event, which gave Bowdon a chance of winning something. The weather proved to be challenging with very heavy showers on both days. On Saturday, lunch was taken early while the lawns dried out after becoming unplayable due to the soaking. There were 8 competitors initially but 2 had to withdraw from playing on the Sunday, which required the manager, David Barret to juggle the pairings creatively. Eventually Steve won 1 out of 5, John won 2 out of 4 and Jack won a very impressive 5 out of 5. Accordingly Jack can go through to the national finals. Steve has prepared himself well for Wild Wednesday by moving his handicap from 11 to 12, and Jack should be proud to have had his handicap reduced from 24 to 14.
Above, Jean Hargreaves on left and David Barret on the right who managed the weekend. The players, on Sunday, from left are, Steve Reynolds (Bowdon, 11 raised to 12), Richard Leach (Bury, 24 reduced to 16), Jack Good (Bowdon and Bury, 24 reduced to 14), John Dawson (Chester 2.5), John Lucas (Bowdon, 2.5) and Geoff Sonley (Penrith, 14). All a bit damp but cheerful after a nice tea.
Our most prestigious event of the season was held over the Bank Holiday, when the sun shone all weekend and temperatures were well into the 80’s. 19 players, 17 of whom had minus handicaps, were competing. Mark Avery and Mark Suter, two of England’s top players fought an exciting final. The final was played as “best of 5”, under Super Advanced rules. Mark Avery won 3-1. The last frame was pearticularly competitive, with Mark Suter having taken black to 4-back, before Mark Avery got in and triple-peeled and pegged-out that black. A game of ‘cat and mouse’ croquet ensued with Mark Suter getting just a few very difficult opportunities, that he was never quite able to develop into a break. Mark Avery won that final game 26-15, and became the champion for the third time.