Phyllis Court's first Croquet Association listed GC 'B' Level Tournament for 'Smokey's Cup' proved a huge success and ended with victory for Raymond Wood of the host Club. Holding off a challenge from 15 other players from 9 different clubs, Wood ended the two day event with just three defeats, once the all-play-all format had been completed.
This gave him a clear 'two wins' margin of victory over his nearest rivals Richard Keighley (Wingrave) & Dan Ellis (Eynsham) and he was all smiles when receiving 'Smokey's Cup' from the man himself, Phyllis Court Croquet President Smokey Eades.
Some of our more senior readers may remember Smokey who was a regular AC & GC circuit player a good few decades ago.
Now in his 94th year, Smokey maintains a good health, a keen eye and 'rain or shine' he still turns out for most internal GC events at Phyllis Court!
Back at this tournament however, under scorching sun for both days of competition, visitors catching the eye were, Andrea Huxley (Guildford) who blazed a trail on the first day but fell away on the second, and 'surprise packages' Ivo Ponting (White Horse) and highest handicapper Janet Trueman (Hamptworth), who both exceeded their seeding positions handsomely.
1st Raymond Wood (Phyllis Court - 12 wins)
2nd Richard Keighley (Wingrave - 10)
3rd Dan Ellis (Eynsham - 10)
4th Michael Wiles (Phyllis Court - 9)
5th Ivo Ponting (White Horse - 9)
6th Mike Fensome (Phyllis Court - 9)
7th Andrea Huxley (Guildford & G.- 9)
8th John Cundell (Leighton-Letch. - 8)
9th Don Rutherford (Phyllis Court - 8)
10th Richard Jenkins (Hamptworth - 7)
11th Janet Trueman (Hamptworth - 7)
12th Steve Fisher (Harwell - 6)
13th John Kennedy (Phyllis Court - 6)
14th Dilys Earnshaw (Phyllis Court - 6)
15th Hugh Crook (Phyllis Court - 4)
16th Ann Ellis (Eynsham - 0)