by Tony Thomas at Southport
The UK may have had a wet Whit weekend but Southport again hosted an excellent handicap tournament. It may have been a bit damp at times but this did not detract from the enjoyment of 24 players who attended this popular event. Manager Barry Keen expertly managed a Knock Out and a Swiss, keeping every lawn in play and only lost 40 minutes on one lawn over the three days.
The catering was excellent ("the best ever seen at a Croquet tournament" - Barry Keen) and the lawns are showing improvement after the significant investment in previous months.
Lee Hartley (Fylde) won the main trophy beating Brian Lewis (Southport) in the Knock Out Final. Alwen Bowker (Dyffryn) won the Swiss. All three players gaining handicap reductions.
In the picture: Southport Chairman John Haslam and Tournament Manager Barry Keen. Front, l to r: Runner Up Brian Lewis (Southport); Swiss Winner Alwen Bowker (Dyffryn); Tournament winner Lee Hartley (Fylde).