GCSun 24 June 2012

EACF Golf Croquet High Handicap Tournament

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L-R: Barbara Plested, Carole Carter,
John Guest (winner), Sheila Guest,
Edme Robinette, Ruth Cole

Venue: Bury St. Edmunds

Manager: Terrey Sparks

Nine competitors originally entered the inaugural Golf Croquet High Handicap Tournament, restricted for those having a handicap of between 8 and 12. Unfortunately, due to a date mix up three failed to attend. This gave the Manager Terrey Sparks a last minute problem as having originally intending to use an Egyptian Format this had to be hastily revised to an all play all. However, despite the last minute adjustments and the fact that the lines had to be re-marked due to overnight rain, play managed to start on schedule despite adverse weather reports.

The dry sunny conditions were not to last and play continued through out the occasional showers and rather gusty winds. However, East Anglians are made of stern stuff and stoically braved the weather conditions up until mid-afternoon when conditions vastly improved by the re-appearance of the sun.

By then a clearer picture was emerging in which the husband and wife entry from Leighton Linslade: John and Sheila Guest were leading the field closely followed by Ruth Cole (Hunstanton) and home club player Edme? Robinette. Despite the Manager's best efforts to keep them apart John and Shelia continued on their winning ways until it became evident that they were going to meet in a final decider. This proved a very close tie with John just running out the winner. However, no one was sure whether Shelia had been diplomatic to maintain marriage bliss.

This was the first year that the Federation has staged this type of tournament and the overall level of entries was poor to say the least. However, from small acorns oak trees grow and we shall persevere next year hoping more high handicappers will feel that there is nothing to be afraid of and enter this type of tournament.

Report and photo by Terrey Sparks

See also:

EACF GC one-day tournaments by year: