Andrew Beaumont won the Nottingham B-Level GC Tournament
19 players turned up bright and early for a B level day of GC. Defending champion Lynn Pearcy was hoping to retain her trophy for one last time as she is on her way to bigger events. She started well beating Andrew Beaumont (8) 7-3 in her opening cross block game and quickly followed it up with 2 more wins. She struggled a little after lunch losing her next and then in her last block game against Glynis Davies she came in disappointed having lost 7-4 only to be told that she had qualified for the semi finals by 1 net hoop. Glynis in contrast was disappointed as she had been edged out by Andrew Beaumont by 2 hoops.
In blocks C/D Mark Buckley comfortably qualified for the semi finals in his block but block D was tighter. Everyone was seperated by 1 win and only 7 hoops. Elizabeth Bulbeck (6) coming out on top.
After a coin toss to decide which way to put the semi finals on, it came out that the ladies would play each other in one and the gents in the other. Lynn came through a close match 7-5 while Andrew who had got stronger as the day went on comfortably beat Mark 7-4.
The final was a rematch of the first game of the morning with an appreciative crowd watching, several of the other players eschewing the chance to play off for the minor places. The final was in the balance all the way. Andrew went 6-5 up and Lynn spent some time in control at 12 trying to work an advantage for 13. Eventually she ran 12, Andrew's first ball to 13 went 3yds in front. None of the next 3 balls disturbed the position and Andrew ran 13 at the first attempt to seal the title.
Andrew not only lifted the trophy but a handicap reduction to 6. If he keeps playing like that he won't be in the B series long!
1st Andrew Beaumont
2nd Lynn Pearcy
=4th Elizabeth Bulbeck & Mark Buckley