SECF Golf Restricted league v Merton – lost 0:7

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SECF U league v Canterbury – we squeak a win 4:3

In the Home AC match on July 1, the RTW team again lead 3-nil at lunch-time, but this time had to survive a powerful comeback from Canterbury until Tom Carpenter won the final game by 2 hoops on time to break the 3-3 deadlock.

The morning doubles featured a Canterbury pair strangely reluctant to use their six bisque turns until it was really too late, Mick survived a Quadruple Peel attempt from Jonathan to win his first game of the year and Richard went to time in a nip-and-tuck game that eventually went his way.

The excellent lunch (many thanks to Shirley) however seemed to invigorate the visitors and Alex soon succumbed to a tidy Triple Peel with a bisque-and-a-half left standing. Both Mick and Richard then lost fairly conclusively and it was left to Tom to come from four hoops behind with half-an-hour to play and get four hoops ahead. We then lived through a nail-biting final attempt from John Millen (formerly of our neighbours Medway) in his time turn, ending with a miss just two hoops short.


Alex Jardine (2) & Tom Carpenter (4.5) beat Dave Buckman (8) & Barry Sales (11) +13
Mick Belcham (6) beat Jonathan Lamb (-0.5) +4
Richard Mann (8) beat John Millen (7) +2(t)

Alex lost to Jonathan -19TP
Mick lost to Dave -12
Richard lost to Barry -18
Tom beat John +2(t)

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SECF Golf Restricted League v Medway – won 5.5-1.5

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We’re 10th in the Southern Challenge

After a decent Saturday, winning three matches in the heat, unfortunately our team lost all five matches against harder opposition on the Sunday leaving us in 10th place and avoiding relegation (just).

Our new member Bruce Edwards from Australia performed really well on Saturday and had his handicap of 7 reduced to 5. Of course, the 7 was an Australian handicap…

The winners were Winchester who won 9 of their 11 matches, closely followed by Ryde and East Dorset with 8 wins .

Merton 3-0
Cheam 1-2
High Wycombe 1-2
Dulwich 2-1
Canterbury 1-2
Ramsgate 3-0
Sussex 2 1-2
Winchester  0-3
East Dorset  0-3
Sussex 1 1-2
Ryde  1-2

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SECF A league v Surbiton – lost 1:6

A return visit to Surbiton for some, but the result was much the same as the previous GC day…

Overnight rain had slowed the lawns, but only a little, so our team was up against it, especially as Surbiton had only put out their second team – their number 4 had a lower handicap than our number one!

The Doubles was lost on the 7th turn with a triple-peel (tp) by Alison, so no chance for any mistakes by our pair – just a 15 yarder that didn’t quite hit. Mick in his Singles had an even worse time, losing to Chris on the 5th turn, so even less chance for Mick to make a mistake.

An early lunch (thanks Alison) was then delayed a bit as Alex was struggling manfully with Nigel. He had good opportunities to win, but failed at the last, despite Nigel accidentally pegging out one of his balls in a roquet (so was therefore not able to take the croquet as the other ball was removed from the lawn!).

The afternoon went much the same way as the morning with Alex and Mick losing to tps quickly. Jolyon struggled a bit more, but Nelson ran out the easy winner.

However, Jon seemed to have it all done, with two good breaks getting to peg and 4-back. Of course, croquetting an opponents ball 10 yards away through the hoop after running 4-ball was helpful! Alison clawed her way back in, accidentally running hoop 2 from 25 yards when she was only trying to join up with her partner ball.  Jon then hit the lift and was on a finishing break, but missed the short return roquet after penult and gave it all back… Alison was then able to finish, but got hampered after 4-back and left Jon with a final opportunity in which he made no mistake. A consolation win at last!

Jon Diamond (0) & Jolyon Creasey (0.5) lost to Alison Maugham (-1.5) & Nelson Morrow (-1) -26tp
Mick Belcham (6) lost to Chris Farthing (-1) -26tp; Alex Jardine (2) lost to Nigel Polhill (-0.5) -6
Jon beat Alison +4, Jolyon lost to Nelson -23, Alex lost to Chris -19tp; Mick lost to Nigel -23tp

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Mike Gentry

Belated congratulations to Mike Gentry on becoming a Golf Croquet Referee, just in time for the World Championship!

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Richard Mann wins Lewis Shield

Our round of the CA All-England Handicap competition attracted just the minimum four entrants needed to allow one player to go forward to the Surbiton semi-finals in August.

The format chosen was three 18-point games (when your first ball makes hoop 1, its partner is immediately for 3-back, i.e. hoop 9) with a 2-hour time-limit. This worked well as most games were close and finished (or nearly) and we were off home just on 5 pm.

After total brain-failure by Alex in the first game when about to peg the second ball out against Richard (unnecessary use of a dead ball) led to a 3-ball ending, Richard not only won that one, but completed the clean sweep to take away the Lewis Trophy and the ticket to Surbiton.

Barney Lewis (10) beat Chris Barham (8) +1t
Richard Mann (8) beat Alex Jardine (2) +1
Richard beat Chris +1t
Alex beat Barney +8
Alex beat Chris +2
Richard beat Barney +lots

Richard Mann 3/3
Alex Jardine 2/3
Barney Lewis 1/3
Chris Barham 0/3 (but all very close)

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SECF U League v Compton – won 6:1

On the longest day, and with summer threatening to return, we welcomed Compton up from Eastbourne on a sunny, but not too hot, day. For the first time in ages, it seems, we won all the morning games and went in to lunch 3-nil up.

The afternoon went nearly as well except that Barney was having a topsy-turvy day as, after an excellent morning win, he came up against Anne Bolland (formerly of this parish) who found her shooting boots and hit in an impressive 22 times to leave him trailing. Mind you, it could have been the wine!

Apparently, our grass is too long, the courts too slow and too green, the hoops not wide enough (or possibly not white enough!) but surely they must have enjoyed the lunch (thank you, Shirley!).

Alex Jardine (2) & John Hobbs (4) beat Hilary Smith (6) & Mike Cockburn (8) +11
Chris Barham (8) beat Anne Bolland (10) +9
Barney Lewis (10) beat Richard Platt (8) +13
Alex beat Hilary +14
John beat Mike +9
Chris beat Richard +8
Barney lost to Anne -19

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SECF Golf Level League v Surbiton – lost 0:7

We really struggled with their lawns – so much faster than our own, with more holes (birds?) and also not quite as level!

However, we didn’t play that well too which explains the result, although for Duncan and Nigel that was excusable as they were outclassed by their opposition.

Perhaps we should blame the hot and humid weather?

Jon Diamond & John Hobbs lost to Don Beck & Alison Maugham 7-6, 4-7, 3-7
Nigel Barton lost to Andrew Wilson 7-4, 5-7, 6-7
Duncan Cox lost to Gavin Taylor 7-4, 3-7, 5-7

Jon Diamond lost to Don Beck 7-6, 4-7, 3-7
John Hobbs lost to Alison Maugham 3-7, 4-7
Duncan Cox lost to Andrew Wilson 3-7, 5-7
Nigel Barton lost to Gavin Taylor 4-7, 1-7

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