George Woolhouse won Colchester Midweek Handicap
George Woolhouse won the Colchester Midweek Handicap and David Haslam and Nick Steiner won the doubles.
The players included a number of local members and others from Burnham, Hunstanton, Nottingham and so on, and the most illustrious being from Woodhall Spa in the form of the CA chairman Patricia Duke-Cox, helping to demonstrate that our major administrators are active players; not like the non-playing 'blazerati' that bedevil other sports.
After two days the tournament was in the firm grip of Jeff Farrington from Chelmsford playing in his first 'proper' CA tournament, having won all his games. On the third day however the clay feet began to crumble, having lost to George Woolhouse from Letchworth (always a redoubtable adversary) in the morning. The afternoon promised to be a manager's nightmare with George Woolhouse, Jeff Farrington, Nick Steiner and John Andrews from Ipswich all coming into the frame.
At the end of the third day George Woolhouse and Nick Steiner emerged at the top of the board having each won six out of their seven games, but George, having beaten Nick in their game emerged as the overall winner with Nick in second place. John Andrews and Jeff Farrington took third and fourth places, although having won an equal number of games, they had not played each other and the places were determined on number of net points scored as had been initially announced.
The doubles tournament held in the evenings was won by David Haslam and Nick Steiner who did not lose a game, the runners-up being Patricia Duke-Cox and George Woolhouse.
1st George Woolhouse
2nd Nick Steiner
3rd John Andrews
1st David Haslam/Nick Steiner
2nd Patricia Duke-Cox/George Woolhouse
3rd Jane Collier/John Robinette