Nick Butler, in his first AC tournament for a year, won the Hamptworth Advanced Weekend and collected a
magnificent silver wine cooler. Graham Gale was runner-up.
The inaugural running of this event marked yet another milestone in
Hamptworth's rise to join the top echelon of clubs. The lawns are in
good shape for the forthcoming Solomon Trophy.
Run as a swiss, the overnight leader was Nigel Polhill, on 4/4, with
Graham Gale, Strat Liddiard and Nick Butler all on just one loss.
However, on a rain-torn second day, which left three of the club's four
lawns unplayable Nigel lost both his games and Nick won all three of his.
As the rain lashed down ever harder, those for whom there was no space
left to play also felt like winners as they stayed in the bar playing
Scrabble (Jonathan Lamb emerging as the impressive winner).
Mike Town won the peeling prize: a jar of the manager's strawberry jam.