John Noble won the Hunstanton GC Open
A total of twelve entries split into groups of six contested this years open (GC) level (The Hampson Salver) at Hunstanton on Sunday 2nd July in typical Hunstanton sunny weather with the top two in each block proceeding through to the knock out rounds.
In Block A this turned out to be Duncan Hector and John Noble with 5 & 4 wins respectively. In Block B this was to be a little more difficult as Peter Dowd, David Widdison and Les Heard had all finished on four wins a piece. To compound matters all had beaten each other which meant that the manager had to determine the top two by a count back, which turned out to be Les +14, Peter +10 and David +6 resulting in the first two proceeding to the semi-finals.
The following three matches played late into the evening sun provided some of the most entertaining Golf Croquet seen at the club all finishing on the 13th Hoop keeping the watching audience glued to their seats. The fist semi saw John Noble (Letchworth) triumph over Duncan Hector (Hunstanton), whilst in the other match Peter Dowd overcame Les Heard both of the Northampton Club.
In the final despite a shaky start, John Noble last years winner, managed to make a remarkable recovery to take the game to the 13th hoop and eventually retain the trophy for a second year.