Keith Pound won the Phyllis Court GC B-Level 'Smokey's Cup'
11 & 12 August
High Wycombe's Keith Pound won the Phyllis Court round of the B-level series qualifier by the slimmest of margins after finishing level on game wins with holder Andrew Carpenter (Durham).
Phyllis Court were delighted that their former club president R.S.'Smokey' Eades, now 97, was able to attend once again the tournament that bears his name 'Smokey's Cup and make the presentation to Pound.
Pound and Carpenter had recorded an impressive 11 wins from their 13 games, just one ahead of Richard Peperell (High Wycombe and Phyllis Court) who was right in it until the last round of results of this 14-player 'all play all' format.
Going into that last round, Pound had a one win lead over Peperell and Carpenter, so any win would be good enough for the tournament victory for him, while Peperell knew that he had a far better net hoop points score than both his rivals if only he could win himself and see Pound defeated.
The knife edge last round soon saw Pound in trouble and he lost to Ross Bagni 4-7, opening the door for Peperell, but he lost as well, 6-7 to Andrea Huxley, so attention turned to Carpenter who beat local man Colin Morgan.
So Peperell had 'blown it' and Carpenter had tied on game wins with Pound at the last gasp.
Manager Frances Colman was ahead of the game and had pre-calculated (but kept to herself) the 'net hoops' tallies for various different last round scenarios, so was quickly able to announce that despite his last round stumble, Pound had won the tournament with 31 net hoops to Carpenter's 18.
The club were also pleased to welcome event debutants Peter and Pauline Dennis (Kennilworth), Ann Wilkinson (Roehampton) and our first overseas visitor Iain Mason (Hederberg Village CC, Somerset West, South Africa).