he extensive ground work carried out on the day before the tournament paid dividends this weekend. The prolonged scattered showers experienced had not effect on playing conditions. There was no evidence of waterlogging at anytime. The underfoot condition remained firm throughout.
Players approached the demanding scheduled enthusiastically and played expeditiously at all times. They weren't deterred by having to put waterproofs on or having to peel them off at regular intervals.
9 rounds of ALL play All were concluded by 6.30pm on Saturday. Tim King was undefeated with David Widdison and Paul Rigge in close pursuit.
On Sunday the high pollen count took its first casualty. Lorna Dewar who bravely combated the ailment on Saturday had to withdraw after 2 round were completed. The demanding schedule also forced 95 year old Will Drake to call it a day a few rounds later.
Play concluded at 5.15pm
David Widdison (Ripon -1) was declared winner with 13/14 wins, Tim King (Ashby -3) 13/16 was second, Paul Rigge (Pendle -2) 12/15 third and David Bell (Leicester Scr) finished fourth.
Special thanks go to Karen Bamforth who provided catering on both days. A barbecue lunch on Saturday cooked adjacent to lawn 2 whilst play was in progress.
Despite the indifferent weather, the event was a great exhibition of Golf Croquet played in an enjoyable spirit. Well done to all involved in making it a success.
Full Block results can be found on Croquetscores.com: