The Handicap Doubles was managed by Douglas Gurney - with the Creyke Cups won decisively by Martin Murray (-1) and his partner Brian Russ (18) who were an unstoppable combination! Fittingly this was Martin's 50th anniversary of his first tournament - played at Roehampton, with Brian, in 1962. He went on to win many honours including internationals eg the MacRobertson Shield, when he played with Nigel Aspinall. The runners up were last year's winners, Chris Roberts and Frances Colman from Phyllis Court.
John Pearson won the Unrestricted Handicap Singles in a final against the fast-improving Nicholas Halton who, at handicap 18, had an excellent tournament. Brian Rees, the oldest entrant and a former holder of the Trevelyan Bowl, came third. This clean sweep for Roehampton Club should be celebrated since it is a rare achievement! Furthermore, special thanks and congratulations go to debutant Wouter van Moppes (handicap 20) for stepping in as a last minute substitute.
Graham Brightwell from Surbiton won the Brooke Cup, B Class level advanced singles with four wins out of five. Last year's winner Neil Coote was runner-up on three wins. Nick Furse, Surbiton, also a former holder of the Brooke Cup, had three wins but lost to Neil Coote to come third. Sara Anderson, a first time entry from Woking won the Thorpe Cup for C Class handicap singles, beating Margaret Hampson of Surbiton into second place.
It is widely reported that the summer weather so far has been wet and windy: during our tournaments we were neither flooded nor rained off and the temperatures were comfortable. Some were even tempted to wear shorts! We were short of entries for the last event owing to competition from the Queen's Jubilee River Pageant on the last Sunday. This led to the Class Singles being reduced to two days - but otherwise everything went according to plan.
Most importantly, everyone enjoyed themselves and there were many compliments for Roehampton Club on the excellence of the lawns and the warmth of our welcome. Thank you to Nigel Aspinall for refereeing and to Jean Oades for her invaluable assistance.