As would be expected of 8 of the top golf croquet players, a very competitive and demanding weekend was spent at Compton on 26th & 27th September. In mixed weather on Saturday and a fine warm Sunday, the tournament was played in a block, with everyone playing each other the best of three games. Without a time limit this could have been a manager's nightmare and, even with 50% of the games going to the decider, the players managed to (almost) complete the block!
The winner, John Spiers, showed terrific concentration and maintained his form throughout the weekend winning 6 of his 7 matches. David Openshaw tied with Ivor Brand with three and a half wins each (being one game all in their match) and the remainder all achieved three wins! Although John was clear and had won the trophy and cash before the final round, second place and all the other positions were in doubt and would have been different had the Openshaw/Brand match been completed.
The standard of play was of high quality and would have graced most tournaments. There were no easy matches and good fun was had by all. Thanks are due to Compton club who made us most welcome.
For the record the full result, as declared, was as follows:
1. John Spiers
2= David Openshaw/Ivor Brand
4th Tim King
5th Richard Thompson
6th Chris Sheen
7th David Hopkins
8th Nelson Morrow