by Ian Lines
15 players gathered at Southport in glorious warm sunshine on Saturday morning to compete for the Sandiford Salver. The format was a simple knockout with a consolation flexible Swiss event - all with no initial time limits.
There were few surprises in the early rounds on Saturday, although Gordon Hopewell had a good win over Charlie Askew. The lawns didn't look too difficult, playing at about 10 to 11 seconds, with reasonably tight hoops which weren't too difficult in the soft Southport soil. However, there were a few fast patches and the odd slope near some hoops, which perhaps explains why most games took over 3 hours, despite 9 of the 15 players having handicaps of 0.5 or better.
As the sun set on Saturday, Ian Lines was 1-0 up in a best of 3 semi-final against Alan Pidcock, and Richard White was pegged down in a scrappy first game against Dean Bennison in the other semi, with Ian wondering about the need for imposing time limits and his best laid plans for a best of 3 final.
On Sunday morning, Alan gave Ian a scare before allowing him to win +5, whilst Richard and Dean continued their long battle, until Richard eventually won +3. Richard managed to finish the next game +17 shortly after lunch, by which time the hopes of a best of 3 final had vanished.
Most of the games over the weekend must have had at least 50 turns - or maybe it just seemed that way. The final was (a little) better...
RW wins toss and elects to go first...
so only slightly fewer than 50 turns!
The Consolation Swiss was won with 3/4 wins by Tom Weston, who also earned a handicap reduction from 1.5 to 1. Also of note was Peter Dorke's ftp, just missing the 5 yard pegout, and Mike Sandler ending his streak of 13 consecutive losses.
Many thanks to all those who provided the excellent Southport catering, and to Keith Roberts and Ray Lowe for setting the hoops so well.
Ian Lines beat Peter Dorke +25TP
Dean Bennison beat Tom Weston +5
Ray Lowe beat Keith Roberts +14
Paul Rigge beat David Barrett +12
Richard White beat Colin Southern +10
Andrew Winn beat Michael Sandler +4
Gordon Hopewell beat Charlie Askew +5
Ian Lines beat Paul Rigge +24TP
Richard White beat Ray Lowe +22
Alan Pidcock beat Andrew Winn +10
Dean Bennison beat Gordon Hopewell +17
(best of 3)
Ian Lines beat Alan Pidcock +26, +5
Richard White beat Dean Bennison +3, +17
Ian Lines beat Richard White +4
David Barrett beat Colin Southern +19
Tom Weston beat Peter Dorke +7
Charlie Askew beat Michael Sandler +16
Ray Lowe beat Colin Southern +23
Peter Dorke beat Paul Rigge +3
Tom Weston beat David Barrett +16
Peter Dorke beat Gordon Hopewell +24
Charlie Askew beat Andrew Winn +9
Michael Sandler beat Colin Southern +2
David Barrett beat Peter Dorke +17
Paul Rigge beat Ray Lowe +2
Tom Weston beat Charlie Askew +14
Andrew Winn beat Colin Southern +2
Ian Lines (-2) 5/5
Richard White (-1) 4/5
Tom Weston (1.5) 3/4
Ray Lowe (0) 2/4
Dean Bennison (0.5) 2/4
David Barrett (0) 2/4
Charlie Askew (-0.5) 2/4
Andrew Winn (0) 2/4
Paul Rigge (0.5) 2/4
Peter Dorke (4.5) 2/5
Alan Pidcock (-0.5) 1/3
Gordon Hopewell (2) 1/3
Michael Sandler (3.5) 1/3
Keith Roberts (5) 0/1
Colin Southern (2.5) 0/5