Mark Suter triumphs against stiff and extensive British competition in South Africa
Mark Suter won the Leslie Riggall Memorial Trophy (the South African equivalent of our Presidents Cup) during the week of 19th-23rd March at the Rondebosch Club in Capetown winning 15 from 16 games. David Foulser was the runner-up with 11 from 16 games, with Andrew Hobbs from Johannesburg in 3rd place.
Mark's amazing form continued with 6 triples and a quadruple. The previous week he had won the Open Singles in the Western Province Championships (also in Capetown) beating Dave 2-1 after losing the first game.
Mark and Dave won the Open Doubles, and Mark won the Big Handicap off -2. In those championships he did another 5 triples. This followed Mark having won the Open Singles, Open Doubles & Big Handicap in the SA National Championships in December.
In the Western Province Championships there were other British successes as 19 Brits were amongst the entry of over 40 players: Deborah Forrington, who only started the game in May 2000, won the Handicap Doubles with local player Jean Meredith, as well as the 'D' Class Handicap Singles (10 & over) playing off 16 even though her handicap was 18 (its not any more !) beating Southwick's Pam Arliss in the final.
Hurlingham's Peter Quinn (dubbed 'the mighty') beat David Hopkins. Deidre Cochrane beat Allan Wilson in the 'C' Class Singles. Bill Arliss beat Rex Davis to win the Veterans Singles. Mark Suter's beaten opponent in the Big Handicap Final was Derek Stoaling. Medway's David Mundy won the 'Y' Consolation Handicap Singles.
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