The final of this year's Charity One-Ball Competition took place on
Sunday, 12th May, at Surbiton. There were 42 players, who had qualified
for free places for doing well in their club heats, and they travelled
from far and wide: Yorkshire, Manchester, Bristol, Norfolk, etc. They
really got cracking in the sun at Surbiton and the lawns were perfect.
By 4.00 we had 168 games played - that's an average of exactly eight per
person. Some played nine and two played ten games.
The overall winner was Cliff Hunter (Surbiton) with 8/9, beating Roger
Tedstone (Reigate), on 7/9, in an exciting final, watched by most of the
competitors as they munched their tea. Margaret Moss (Bowden) was 3rd,
having narrowly lost her last game against Roger, which, if she had won,
would have secured her the top prize outright. The 'Best of the Rest'
prize went to Robin Wootton (Southwick), who won all of his last five
games. And Steve Stuart-Matthews won a bottle of bubbly for the best
break, nine hoops.
In the broader competition, which had been running since xmas, we had 44
heats, in which 588 players competed and each made a charity donation.
For this year's charity, the Alzheimers Society, we raised a whopping
£5860, with an additional £1010 of Gift Aid, making a grand total of
£6870. Every year we seem to be surpassing the previous year's record
and the total for the dozen years this has been running is £42,000.