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CA Golf Croquet "C" Level Tournament.

[14th July 2018, Middlesbrough. Manager and reporter: Derek Johnson]

Winner: Sandra Cornes

Presentation of prize

This tournament formed part of the newly initiated C Level series of tournaments for players with handicaps of 7 or more.

The initial entry was 6 but that was reduced further when Crake Valley’s David Cornes brought his handicap down to 6 just before the allocation date for the tournament. David kindly offered to test his newly acquired referee credentials on the tournament instead (and he had cajoled his wife Sandra to enter anyway, so was travelling to sunny Teesside nevertheless).

Another casualty was Tournament Manager Roger Staples who was called away for some CA business in Cheltenham on the day. Derek Johnson stepped into the breach and was able to recruit a further 7 players from his two clubs Belsay Hall and Tyneside.

The twelve entrants had been drawn into two American blocks of six by Roger with placings in the blocks playing a final play-off against their counterparts from the other block.

Block A finished in a three way tie at the top with John Fitzpatrick, Marcia Henderson and Brenda Johnson all finishing with 6 points from their 5 matches with Marcia beating John, John beating Brenda and Brenda beating Marcia. John Fitzpatrick emerged as the winner, Marcia second and Brenda third, not on alphabetical order(!) but on net points.

Block B was a simpler affair, just a two way tie. Sandra Cornes’ 7-5 win over Dave Okell in the last round of matches was enough to pull her level with Dave on points and, of course, sent her through on the who-beat-whom first tiebreaker.

Block A

John Fitzpatrick (Middlesbrough) 530231276
Marcia Henderson (Auckland) 522128266
Brenda Johnson (Belsay Hall & Tyneside) 530228276
Sara MacPherson (Bishop Monkton) 521225275
Izzy Poyntz (Bishop Monkton) 520328264
May Hall (Tyneside) 511320273

Block B

Sandra Cornes (Crake Valley) 531131247
Sue Caygill (Belsay Hall & Tyneside) 531131237
Brenda Johnson (Belsay Hall & Tyneside) 530231276
Colin Chun (Belsay Hall) 521226295
Alison Okell (Tyneside) 512223284
Jean Thompson (Belsay Hall) 511321321

The play-offs saw Sandra Cornes take full advantage of her last gasp qualification at the top of Block B by overcoming a 3 point handicap difference in experience to beat John Fitzpatrick 7-5. Third place in the tournament went to Dave Okell who has only been playing for two months who beat Marcia Henderson, and another 3 point handicap difference, 7-2. Brenda Johnson claimed 5th spot in winning 7-2 against Sue Caygill. 7th was Sara MacPherson who just squeezed home 6-5 against Colin Chun. Izzy Poyntz took 9th with a 7-3 win over another novice, Alison Okell, and May Hall beat Jean Thompson 7-4.

Satisfyingly everybody said they had enjoyed what was, for most, a first foray into tournament play and the whole experience doesn’t seem to have put anybody off for life!

Photo of the competitors