Finals Day @ WP 25th Sept
Early risers ensured the lawns were freshly mown on the day and cleared of dew and leaves.
Many thanks to Ian Turrell our greenkeeper for his sterling Sunday morning work.
Many thanks also to Margaret and Ken Anderton for the white line marking.
6 finals were played on the day with 1 final pre-played a couple of weeks earlier due to holidays.
Finals Day Sunday
Golf Handicap Final - Roy Spencer v Barbara Duncan
This match preplayed 2nd Sept.
It was a close affair with Roy winning the opening two games to take the match.
Golf +8 H/c Final - Helena Nuttall v Norman Averill
Helena took control straight from the off, running the first few hoops to take the first game convincingly.
The second game was much closer with good play from both but Helena finished the stronger to take victory 7-3, 7-5
Golf Level Play Final - Gill Freely v Paul Kenworthy
With both players returning from their holidays the previous day, they soon got into their stride.
Gill using all her golf experience against Paul's AC skills. Both games were on the verge of needing the golden hoop
but Paul edging them both 7-5, 7-5 to win.
One Ball - Margaret Eccles v Gediminas Smolskas
Sadly Margaret had not fully recovered from her recent illness. However, she put up a great defence of her title from last year.
First game could have gone either way but Ged was in front 12-11 when time intervened.
Second game, Ged had more control of the lawn and ran out 13-8 to be the champion.
AC Short Lawn - Richard Leach v Tony Phillips
Tony was quick out of the blocks and got a firm hand on the game. Richard used his bisque advantage well and fought back
but Tony's long accurate ball hitting guided him to victory 14-9.
AC Full Lawn - Anne Alvey v Richard Leach
This was a classic game of differing styles of play. Richard skipped around the many hoops to build a handsome break,
only to see methodical Anne calmly cancel out his lead and overtake him. She then proceeded to repeat this with her second ball to close out the match 26-11.
AC Advanced - Gediminas Smolskas v Richard Forman
This was a matchup between an advanced beginner but fast learner Gediminas and an experienced Richard.
For two thirds of this game Richard had total control, not allowing Gediminas a single hoop.
When a chance came Gediminas finally got some hoops under his belt and with them his confidence returned.
As all the other matches were completed, the weather turned very chilly. The hardy spectators witnessed an enthralling battle.
As Richard was poised for victory, Ged took advantage of a lift and proceeded to get his second ball to peg.
Richard needed all his experience and pegged out Ged's ball which gave him the upper hand to finally close out the match 26-24.
Full List of Winners
Golf Handicap...........Roy Spencer
Golf 8+ Handicap........Helena Nuttall
Golf Level Play.........Paul Kenworthy
AC Short Lawn...........Tony Phillips
AC Full Lawn............Anne Alvey
AC Advanced.............Richard Forman
One Ball................Gediminas Smolskas
Presentations then followed the finals.
Many thanks to all players and non players for helping to make this a successful day.
Special thanks to photographer Ian Saunders & Roy Spencer our Chairman.
Report by Phil Nuttall