Gordon Mills won Hurlingham AC Veterans Tournament 7-9 September
The three days of this event passed well, with 22 entrants playing advanced handicap in fine weather. Following an idea from the social distancing climate of 2020, all games were pre-allocated so as to minimise bisques for all players over the course of their six games. An Egyptian rating system was used to score games, with all players starting at 100. First prize was awarded to Gordon Mills (Pinchbeck) for his magnificent run of six wins in all six rounds and a final rating of 124. Second prize went to Tony Elliott (Ealing) who won five games and finished on 117. Third prize went to Andrew Wise (Hurlingham) who won four out of his five games (having taking a bye following withdrawal of one player) and finished on 114.
Special mention is owed to Stephen Allen (Hurlingham) who won his first five games but lost in the final round to Hugh Carlisle (also Hurlingham) with an exciting two-ball ending. This loss cut Stephen's rating from 120 to 113 and dropped him from joint first to fourth place. His entirely reasonable complaint about the scoring system was duly noted.