Budleigh’s Weeks is runner-up in National Veterans Golf Croquet Championships

11:05 31 July 2014

Students receive some croquet coaching

Students receive some croquet coaching

Archant

Competitors from as far afield as Colchester, Hurlingham, Sussex, Bath and even one from Australia were at Budleigh Croquet club last week for the National Veteran’s (over 60) Golf Croquet Championship, writes Elaine Marsh.

There was a strong local presence with five Budleigh members among the field of 28 players; Tony Bower, Chris Donovan, David Hicks, Alan Rush and Rob Weeks.

People who imagine that croquet is just a gentle pastime should have been watching as the humid heat made the challenge of playing from 9.30am until 8p, each day even more demanding than usual.

Players were divided into two all-play-all blocks with the top four from each block going forward into a knockout. Budleigh player Rob Weeks topped Block A with eleven wins from thirteen matches. In B Block, Budleigh’s Tony Bower secured a notable win over Chris Sheen (28th in the UK rankings), but the overall winner was Nelson Morrow, a veteran of five Golf Croquet World Championships and a past winner of both the Musk and Ascot Cups. Other players progressing to the quarter finals were John Bowcott, Elizabeth Farrow, Australian David Wise, Chris Sheen, Tom Weston and Derek Strover. Here Nelson secured a 2-0 victory over John Bowcott, but all the other matches went to three games with Elizabeth, Chris, and Rob emerging as semi-finalists. Three games were also needed to decide both semis which were won by Nelson Morrow and Rob Weeks.

The final was a tense affair that could have gone either way, as Nelson won the first game 7-3 and Rob the second by the same margin. In the final game the score reached 5-5 before the deadlock was broken by the more experienced Morrow who managed to score both of the final two hoops.

Although disappointed not to have won, Rob Weeks greatly enjoyed playing in only his second tournament.

He said: “I am really pleased with the consistency of my performance and I hope that the experience I’ve gained will be useful when the tournament returns to Budleigh next year.”

Rob also secured a handicap reduction from two to one, while fellow Budleigh members Alan Rush and David Hicks both earned a reduction from three to two, by virtue of either number of wins or having beaten a number of lower handicapped players.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Midweek Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Midweek Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Midweek Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 18:57
Scott Acheson, Jenny Edrwads, Louis Siveyer abnd William James in mid-race action

Exe Sailing Club hosted the final leg of the Two Rivers Junior Series, writes Bel Bailey.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:06
Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club. Ref exsp 4491-23-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Nineteen-year old croquet star Harry Dodge will appear in an international Golf Croquet exhibition match at Budleigh Croquet Club on Monday afternoon (July 6), writes Elaine Marsh.

Read more
Thu, 11:34
Hands holding rugby ball

Exeter Chiefs Academy back rower Connor O’Shaughnessy has becomes the latest addition to Exmouth’s squad ahead of the coming season.

Read more
Thu, 11:34
The swimmers who took part in the Exe to Exe race

The final weekend of June saw Exmouth Swimming and Life Saving Society stage the second Exe to Exe Swim, writes Ian Lang.

Read more
Thu, 11:34
Players taking part in the Sidmouth June CA Tournament this week. Ref shsp 8946-23-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Sidmouth Croquet Club held its annual One Ball tournament last weekend, writes David Butler.

Read more
Thu, 11:33

The Seaton bowlers’ week began with an away game at Tiverton West End, writes Maria Johnson.

Read more
Thu, 11:32
Bassetts Farms rounders team

Bassetts Farm Primary School rounders team continued their summer of success when they travelled to Plymouth for the Devon Summer Schools Finals.

Read more
Thu, 11:31

Honiton Running Club members took part in the Over the Hill and Farway 10k organised by Farway Primary School, writes Judy Davey.

Read more
Thu, 11:28
Budleigh's Charles Morris prepares to bowl at the Maer against on Saturday. Photo by Simon Horn. Rerf exsp 5441-26-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Former Budleigh Salterton and Devon paceman Charlie Morris has reached a landmark in First Class cricket by taking his 100th wicket, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 14°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life


Great British Life

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition today E-edition



Honiton's trusted business finder