Top seed Ivor Brand won the Sidmouth Golf Croquet Tournament, but there was little doubt in anyone's mind that the player of the tournament was the runner-up, Ryan Cabble from Nailsea, aged just sixteen and yet to complete his GCSEs. It was almost with reluctance that Ivor took the thirteenth hoop to win the final 7-3 4-7 7-6.
There was a full entry of sixteen players, divided into two blocks of eight. On Saturday, with a stiff and chilly breeze blowing in off the sea, seven rounds of all-play-all block play were completed, with the top four in each block going through to a three round best- of-three knockout the following day. For the other eight players there was a progressive flexible Swiss event, won by Tim King with 4/6 from Tom Weston and Freda Vitty, each with 3/5.
SCORES IN THE KNOCKOUT
Ivor Brand beat Tony Bower 7-4 3-7 7-4
Kevin Ham beat Roy Tillcock 6-7 7-6 7-3
Ryan Cabble beat Tom Weston 4-7 7-4 7-6
Richard Thompson beat Jim Gregory 4-7 7-4 7-3
Ivor Brand beat Kevin Ham 7-6 7-5
Ryan Cabble beat Richard Thompson 6-7 7-6 7-4
Ivor Brand beat Ryan Cabble 7-3 4-7 7-6
Third Place play-off
Richard Thompson beat Kevin Ham 7-6