Jack entered his 1st ever tournament last Thursday. With 10 players competing there were 2 cross-blocks and Jack won his first 4 games so guaranteed a place in the semi’s. His only ‘loss’ being a 6-6 draw, when his opponent ran hoop 12, called the score 7-4 and walked off!
In the semi’s, Jack set off to play one of the ‘hot favourites’ – Glynis Davies (6) but was called back when a misreported score was spotted, which turned her group on its head. Once everything was re-calculated Jack, now using clips (the only player to do so all day) got a comfortable 7-3 win against Simon Draper (7) which saw him into the final.
With the other ‘hot favourite’ David Brame (5) already one of Jack’s victims missing the cut, it was Andy Cruickshank (11) who Jack had also beaten, who took a 4-1 lead. This clearly did not phase Jack as he rattled off the next 6 hoops, 4 with jump shots to seal his 1st win. His handicap fell to 10!
Bowdon had 3 entries (more than other visiting club) with JP Moberly (-5), Graham Good (-1) and most surprisingly Jack Good (10) – who was filling in for a last minute withdrawal.
With 2 blocks of 10, so 9 games to play, some slow games saw only 7 get played on the Saturday. Thankfully the Bowdon players were blameless in this respect. Jack almost had the surprise result of the 1st round when he had a shot to win against Tim King (-3) at the golden hoop, unfortunately he missed but that left Graham, who beat Rachel (-4) with the ‘shock’ result award!
Meanwhile JP stormed thru’ his 1st 4 games only to hit the wall against Richard Bilton but it was his only hiccough in a 8/9 qualifying record. Graham had a mixed 4/9, beating some higher ranked players but losing to some lower ranked players. Although Jack didn’t win a game he scored well in most.
With 2 games to play on Sunday the semi’s didn’t start until after lunch. JP played Rachel and won well in 2 straight games. Meanwhile Will Gee took 3 games to get past Richard Bilton. The final saw JP storm into a 1-0 lead, only for Will to reply. The sheer brilliance of the play was stunning, both players striking the ball with immense power and accuracy. In the final game JP was able to secure the 7-3, 2-7, 7-3 win. A worthy victor but with a bit more lawn time Will can only clinb back up the rankings.
Meanwhile Jack was obviously miffed at missing out on the unexpected result award so he beat a -3 and was delighted when his handicap was cut to 5.