GC Golf Croquet

The Tournament is an open one-day Golf Croquet B-Class Level Play Singles competition staged at Watford, as one of the tournaments in the Croquet Association fixtures calendar.

Title: One Day Golf Croquet B-Level Tournament Watford GC Open Tournament
results by year:

Handicaps: GC:3-8
Date: Monday 8 May 2017
Manager: Geoffrey Johnson
Secretary: Roger Nicholls
Email: Roger Nicholls   click on link to send an email
Phone: 01923 236068
Address: please ask, or log in and obtain it from the CA member's directory
Entries: Allocation: 13 March; Closing: 30 April
Those who wish to enter and pay online may do so through the CA website in same way as entering a CA Tournament.
Alternatively, postal entries should be submitted together with entry fee using the standard CA Tournament entry form.
Entry fee: 8.
Pay online (see above) or by cheque to the secretary, payable to "Watford (Cassiobury) Croquet Club".
Format: At Manager's discretion.

Exceptions and additions to the standard CA tournament regulations:

  1. Tea, soft drinks and biscuits are provided free of charge but please bring your own lunch.
  2. Players must be prepared to play five or more games.
  3. Cheques should be made payable to 'Watford (Cassiobury) Croquet Club'.

Arthur Reed retained the title

Despite being almost mid-May, this tournament was held in pretty wintry conditions! Never-the-less, the competition was fought in good spirit, and was a close battle right up to the final match.

With 14 competitors and 3 lawns, the manager decided to run this as a flexible Swiss, with the winner decide on win-percentage, with a minimum of 5 games to qualify.

Three players were clear leaders throughout the day, and the eventual winner, Watford's Arthur Reed, was only decided by the final match against Harwell's Steve Fisher, itself a close 7-5 game.

In the end the result was decisive, with Arthur winning 6 out of 6 to give a perfect win percentage of 100%.

Steve Fisher and Andrew Carpenter (Durham) tied on 71%, but Steve shaded it into second place over Andrew on Win Quality. Just behind, in fourth place was Enfield's Des Taylor on 67%.

As the manager watching all this, two things stood out: firstly the high quality of the play on show, a large number of the matches went to 7-6, and secondly how cold it was!

All-in-all a very good day, and we hope to welcome all the players back to Watford next year, apart of course from all those who have subsequently got "too good" to enter this competition again!

Report by Geoff Johnson

Results:

Results vs.: AR SF AC DT GT RC TE JB SL HH AW AD AF PK SCORE
W-L
% WIN
QLTY
NET
HOOPS
Arthur Reed   7-5 7-4   7-4   7-6   7-5       7-6   6-0 100% 3.02 +12
Steve Fisher 5-7   7-5 7-3 5-7       7-5 7-4   7-6     5-2 71% 2.57 +8
Andrew Carpenter 4-7 5-7         7-3 7-1 7-4 7-4     7-4   5-2 71% 2.03 +14
Desmond Taylor   3-7     7-4 7-1       7-3 4-7 7-6     4-2 67% 1.76 +7
Gavin Taylor 4-7 7-5   4-7   7-6     5-7 7-3         3-3 50% 1.64 -1
Robert Cook       1-7 6-7     7-2 7-5     3-7   7-4 3-3 50% 1.07 -1
Tony Elliott 6-7   3-7         6-7     7-6 7-2   7-2 3-3 50% 0.87 +5
John Bee     1-7     2-7 7-6     6-7     7-1 7-6 3-3 50% 0.81 -4
Stephen Leonard 5-7 5-7 4-7   7-5 5-7             7-3 7-3 3-4 43% 0.81 +1
Henry Hobbs   4-7 4-7 3-7 3-7     7-6         7-4 7-1 3-4 43% 0.81 -4
Andrea Widdison       7-4     6-7         4-7 2-7 7-6 2-3 40% 0.81 -5
Anne Dennis   6-7   6-7   7-3 2-7       7-4     2-7 2-4 33% 0.90 -5
Alan Foott 6-7   4-7         1-7 3-7 4-7 7-2       1-5 17% 0.40 -12
Patrick Knight           4-7 2-7 6-7 3-7 1-7 6-7 7-2     1-6 14% 0.33 -15
Participants
Name Club H'cap
Alan Foott Enfield 8
Andrea Widdison Bishop Monkton 5
Andrew Carpenter Durham 3
Anne Dennis Watford 5
Arthur Reed Watford 3
Desmond Taylor Enfield 5
Gavin Taylor Merton 2
Henry Hobbs Enfield 5
John Bee Watford 4
Patrick Knight Camerton & Peasedown 8
Robert Cook Cheam 6
Stephen Leonard Kingston Maurward 5
Steve Fisher Harwell 3
Tony Elliott Enfield 3
 
WINNER
Arthur Reed
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