Andy Jones wins Wrest Park C-Level GC
A blustery wind troubled a full field of 16 players especially those allocated to Block D. Trophy holder Carol Jamieson (Caversham) battled gamely but missed the cut as did Roger Platt (Downham) who could only watch on as Andy Jones (Phyllis Court) won their deciding hoop with an impressive jump shot. Andy qualified for the Knockout with Alan Gray (Wingrave).
Blocks A and C were both won comfortably by Colin Spencer (Downham) and Bill Ironside (Leighton-Linslade) respectively. Hoop count also allowed Patricia Mulcahy (Phyllis Court) to proceed from Block A. Two wins by Carol Wadsworth (Phyllis Court) in Block C enabled her to progress as well.
In Block B, hoop count was necessary to separate 3 players with 2 wins each. Gill Brewer (Wrest Park) topped the group in her first tournament and she qualified with Grenville Perry (Hunstanton).
The weather improved for the afternoon session. Neither Colin nor Bill could sustain their morning form and lost out to Andy and Grenville. Gill completed another win and Patricia, who attributed her consistent stroke play to coaching by the Swing Doctor, beat Alan. The semi-finals matched Andy with Grenville and Patricia with Gill. Both were hotly contested and both were won 7-5 by Andy and Patricia respectively.
The Final, an "all Phyllis Court" affair proved to be intriguing. Andy sped to a 4-0 lead, then to 5-1 and 6-2 before Patricia steadily embarked on the comeback trail to enforce a deciding golden hoop. It was won by Andy, a reward for an excellent approach shot.
The Plate Knockout was won by Nick Boxall (Wrest Park) and it only remained for the Manager Richard Keighley to present the prizes and to thank Brian Jamieson for kindly refereeing the tournament and his clubmates Richard Skidmore for co-management and George Collin and his mowers for lawn preparation.
Winner: Andy Jones (Phyllis Court); 2nd-Patricia Mulcahy (Phyllis Court);3rd Gill Brewer (Wrest Park); 4th Grenville Perry (Hunstanton).