A cheap bottle of plonk was the only tangible reward for the efforts of a group of Caversham members who ventured far and wide for competitive action over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Devon, Sussex and Hertfordshire were the counties visited by our players.
The most intrepid traveller was Michael Kay, at +4 the club’s lowest handicap AC player.
He was competing against some tough opposition on the fine lawns of Budleigh Salterton.
In a weekend tournament of seven two-hour 18-point games he managed to win five out of seven, including two sweet victories against Roger Mills (handicap 1) who was his instructor on a coaching course a couple of years ago.
Unfortunately no less than five of the 16 entrants achieved the same tally, so the trophy was decided by a sudden-death playoff… who could make the longest two-ball break starting at hoop four?
Mike managed hoops four and five but his approach to six overran by a couple of inches, so he was out of the running for bringing home any silverware.
Brian and Carol Jamieson were in action at Southwick in B-level and C-level GC series tournaments respectively.
Brian won six games and lost just two and ended up fifth in a field of 24.
“A very pleasant day apart from my croquet,” was Carol’s verdict. “Not a good day at the office.” Her handicap has now gone up to eight.
The wine was carried off by Jane Probitts (above), who won the plate competition in a C-level event at Watford.
At the same venue, David Dibben, making his debut in a B-level event, reached the semi-final and was eventually placed fourth in a field of 16.