Stuart M Smith wins Budleigh GC Open Series Tournament 22-23 May
Stuart Smith (Sidmouth) won the Budleigh Open Series Tournament, beating rising star Aston Wade (Hamptworth) 2-1 in some truly awful weather on Sunday. Despite the horizontal rain and biting wind, it was a high-quality final. Stuart was in the back seat for much of the first game but recovered from 3-6 to win at the 13th. Aston took the second 7-3 with a strong display of hoop-running from distance and confident clearances, but it was Stuart who held his nerve in the final game, winning 7-5.
Third position went to Chris Roberts (Phyllis Court) who beat Steve Leonard (Winterborne Valley) 7-3, 7-5 in their best-of-three play-off, and Colin Britt (Camerton & Peasedown) won the Plate (and three bottles of local ale) with a run of six straight wins.
Budleigh's courts were in fabulous condition and the club could not have been more hospitable. Particular thanks are due to John O'Gorman for all his help over the 2 days.
All the results are available on Croquet Scores at: https://croquetscores.com/2021/gc/budleigh-open-series-tournament