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 Exmouth Journal 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 Exmouth Journal 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 Exmouth Journal 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

12:50
Somerset Rebels v Berwick Bandits speedway action from the Oak Tree Arena

Not for the first time in recent weeks, the ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels had a fight on their hands in the early stages of a meeting, writes Dave Thompson.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:25

The Fund is a group of loyal supporters who pay £19 a month to help cover the wages of an extra player for manager Paul Tisdale’s squad.

Read more
Thu, 12:10
golf generic picture

Shirley Horsburgh was the winner of the July stableford at East Devon Golf Club on the hottest day of the year so far, writes Helen Chivers.

Read more
Thu, 12:10
2016 World Endurance Championship.
Nurburgring, Germany.
21st - 24th July 2016
Photo: Drew Gibson

East Devon motor ace Harry Tincknell missed out on scoring a top result for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team in the Six Hours of Nürburgring race last weekend when his Ford GT caught fire briefly during a pit-stop.

Read more
Thu, 10:25
East Devon during Devon Rotary Youth Games on July 3 at Simmons Park, Okehampton.
PHOTO: Mandatory by-line: Tom Sandberg/Pinnacle - Photo Agency Ltd Tel: +44(0)1363 881025 - Mobile:0797 1270 681 - VAT Reg No: 183700120 - 030716 -SPORT- Devon Rotary Youth Games- OCRA Sports Facilities ,Simmons Park, Okehampton , Devon ,England,UK

East Devon youngsters embraced the true Olympic message when they took part in the Devon Rotary Youth Games earlier this month.

Read more
Thu, 10:21
Sidmouth were at home to North Devon at the weekend. Liam Lewis deflects a bowl. Ref shsp 28-16AW 2306. Picture: Alex Walton

Skipper Matt Thompson is back to lead Devon in the Minor Counties Championship game against Oxfordshire at Exeter, writes Conrad Sutcliffe.

Read more
Thu, 10:18
Devon and Somerset Gliding Club instructor Stuart Procter congratulates Dave Wojnar

The past week at the Devon and Somerset Gliding Club was another excellent one with yet another first solo flight completed, writes Jill Harmer.

Read more
Thu, 09:30
Sidmouth bowling club hosted a tournament at the weekend. Ref shsp 28-16AW 2225. Picture: Alex Walton

Phear Park sent five triples to Paignton to fulfil a friendly fixture, writes Laurie Harries.

Read more
Thu, 09:28

Tradition has it that Saint James was the first disciple to be martyred, and on Saturday the Topsham version followed suit, being well and truly crucified by league leaders Whimple, writes Mike Tracey.

Read more
Thu, 09:28
Cricket. A view from the score box

Topsham St James U12s won their meeting with Woodbury in a game that displayed the very best of colt’s cricket.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications