Golf Croquet Report – July 2019

  1.  Golf Report.

This year has been a particularly busy one for Golf Croquet having taken part in internal and external leagues as well as SECF tournaments. The decision to make the internal leagues one day events proved to be a success with more members taking part  much preferring a full days knockout play, as well as having time to talk to other players over a picnic lunch.

We started the season off with a handicap knockout competition on 7th June and an exciting final between Debbie and Jeremy, narrowly won by Debbie.  This was followed by The Alf Moat singles event due to be played on 10th June which sadly had to be postponed due to very wet weather. The new date for this event will now be 14th August.  Next came the first GC handicap event on 14th June.  The team led by Steve were off to a good start with a win against Dulwich and then another success winning against Tunbridge Wells. On 26th June we played an R Level home match against Reigate Priory.  Although we were defeated the competition was very enjoyable with the opposing team appreciating our new lawns, the picturesque setting and good hospitality.  As part of our tradition over the last 21 years it was Canterbury’s turn to visit Herbert Park Croquet Club in Dublin, this year playing mainly Golf Croquet.  The trip was organised by Roger and the warm hospitality given to us made this a memorable experience for our team, Barry, Lois, Henry, Judy, Frank and Roger.  We enjoyed playing friendly croquet matches with them and although our overall score was higher than theirs it really had little significance.  We look forward to the Dublin team visiting Canterbury next year.

On 29th and 30th June our team, Tobi, Henry, Heather and myself played in the Southern Challenge Division 1 with 12 teams taking part.  Having been promoted last year from Division 2, which we won, this was quite a challenge and we were thankful that Tobi agreed to be part of our team.  We were quite pleased with our result ranking 9th out of the 12 teams taking part.  Steve led the team in the Southern Challenge Division 2 on 6th/7thJuly.  Steve, John, Dave and came 8th out of the 12.  On July 2nd we had an internal handicap knockout competition with Christopher on great form beating Jeremy 7-3, 7-5. We still have 3 R level matches, mixed doubles and the Kent Cup to play.      Judy