Surbiton Easter Handicap 02-03 April
The first tournament played since the installation of Surbiton's new irrigation system was met by the inevitable heavy rain, flooded laws, cold wind and disrupted play. However, a number of players from across the handicap range mastered the conditions, leaving players ranging from -2 to +18 on the overnight leader-board.
Day 2 opened without any play, but by noon we had four lawns open (one only temporarily, and running at only 7 seconds). A number of players paddled hard, but Sam Murray (18) emerged from the puddles at the end of the day to win the event with 5 wins from 6 games and was presented with the Llewellyn-Williams Urn. Andrew Johnson (-1) pipped Ian Plummer (0) to second place.
The event hosted three tournament newcomers, and all did well. Other than the Sam Murray, a new member at Surbiton, Lucy Beach (14) from Reigate finished on 3 wins from 5, and Carole McLoughlin (18) from Surbiton from on 2 wins from 4. Sam and Carole both earned their Bronze merit award, and Sam also had his handicap cut from 18 to 14.