On Bank Holiday Monday players gathered from across the country for the annual Budleigh Salterton May Week Tournament. For some this was their first CA Tournament, taking the plunge by entering the doubles, where they would be paired with more experienced players.
On Wednesday, however, tragedy struck, when Ian Telfer from Palace Wells CC collapsed whilst walking to the lower lawns. Despite the valiant attempts for resuscitation made by players under telephone guidance, the paramedics and the air ambulance, it is very sad to report that Ian did not recover.
Brian Fisk won the A Block for the Godfrey Turner Challenge Cup with 6 wins out of 8.
Alan Mayne (Bowden CC), Peter Moore and Chris Donovan ( both from Budleigh Salterton CC) all had 5 wins out of 8.
Block B for the Woodlands Quaich was won by Bob Burnett (Crathes CC). Both Bob and Alan Pidcock ( Southport CC) had 5 wins out of 7, but as Bob had beaten Alan was the winner.
Blocks C and D contested the J.K. Brown Memorial Cup. In Block C Stephen Custance-Baker (Taunton Deane CC) had a clean sweep winning all 6 games. In Block D, Roger Hendy (Sidmouth CC) and Charles Townshend (Budleigh Salterton CC) both had 5 wins out of 6, but Charles had beaten Roger.
In the final between Stephen Custance-Baker and Charles Townshend, Stephen won.
In Block E for the Pat Tunmer Cup, the Manager managed to retain the cup for a second year, with 6 wins out of 6. Scylla Blackwell ( Budleigh Salterton CC) and Kay Martin (Bowden CC) both had 4 wins out of 6.
Kay Martin obtained her Silver Merit Award during the tournament.
The handicap singles final was between Brian Fisk and the Manager, with Brian being the winner.
The X Doubles Final was between Peter and Judith Moore (Budleigh Salterton CC) and
Philip Harris and Peter Miller both from Sidmouth CC.
Peter and Judith being the winners and received the Daldry Cups.
The Y Doubles Final was between Martin Granger-Brown(Bowden CC) and Rosemary Bradshaw (Budleigh Salterton CC) and Susan Roger and the Manager, both from Sidmouth CC.
Susan and the Manager being the winners.
A presentation was made at the Tournament Dinner to Martin Granger-Brown for his fifty continuous years at playing in Budleigh Salterton Tournaments. Martin first played in the May Tournament in 1966 and has returned every year since to play in a tournament at the Club.