European Golf Croquet Championships were held at the Budleigh Salterton club attractiing players from the following countries-England, Wales, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Belgian and Latvia. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exsp 8131-23-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
On a beautiful summer’s day last week, Budleigh Salterton’s Golf Croquet team entertained a visiting team from Barnstaple writes Rob Weeks.
The scene could not have been better. The croquet lawns - now reckoned to be the best in the country - were immaculate and everyone congratulated the grounds staff for the fantastic job they had done in managing to keep the lawns from going brown in the recent prolonged dry spell.
These matches comprise four doubles matches followed by 16 singles, each of 45 minutes length. After intense competition, Budleigh went into the lunch interval with a slender lead but Barnstaple soon reduced this to the narrowest of margins. The whole match then depended on the result of the last three singles.
Budleigh players Kay Scales and Martin Luce were involved in terrific tussles in their games but most of the crowd were enthralled at the battle on the lawn in front of the clubhouse. This was between rising local star David Hicks and visiting player Jake Bentley-Jones – grandson of the legendary croquet player Syd Jones.
Bentley-Jones went into an early lead of three hoops, but Hicks managed to claw his way back to draw the game at five hoops each. At this point the call for time was made which means that each player has only four more shots before the game is finished. After several close calls from both players, on his fourth and final shot, Hicks hammered a shot through the hoop to claim the game and secure the match for Budleigh.
The Budleigh team now travel to take on Exeter next week in one of the final games of the season.