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MIDSUMMER GOLF CROQUET OPEN TOURNAMENT HELD AT WOKING LAWN TENNIS & CROQUET CLUB ON
5 - 6 JUNE 2017 (AN A-LEVEL SERIES EVENT)
For only the second time in six years this tournament was devastated by bad weather. But, unlike in 2012, one complete days play was possible before the rains came and flooded all four courts, preventing play on the second day.
There was a strong field of fourteen players with handicaps ranging from -4 to +2 including eight with negative handicaps. An early surprise result in only the second round was the defeat of Simon Carter (Dulwich; handicap -2), a previous winner of this event, to Woking's Sara Anderson (handicap +2). In the third round Lionel Tibble (Northampton; -3) lost to last-day replacement James Death (Nottingham; an infrequent GC player with a handicap of -1 but more familiar on the AC circuit).
Otherwise the day progressed without any major surprises until the final round of the day. At the conclusion of the sixth round Jeff Dawson (Woking; -4) had won all his games, as had James. Jeff went on to win his seventh game but after a tense tenth hoop tussle James lost 3 - 7 to Mike Town (Woking; -2).
So, at the end of the first day and six rounds to play, the situation was still open with Jeff on seven wins, James and Lionel on six and three competitors on four. But torrential overnight rain caused heavy flooding of the lawns as well as chaos on local roads, with some players unable to get to the club until well after the starting time. By mid-morning the rain had eased but with the courts still unplayable and much playing time lost the manager closed the tournament.
So with a 100% record Jeff was the winner. James and Lionel both had six wins but had not played all the same opponents. However, using quality of wins software, it was possible to separate them and Lionel was the runner-up by the narrowest of margins.
As usual, the Woking catering staff did a marvellous job, much appreciated by all the players.