Finals Day Report
Well, despite the meteorologists saying that Autumn had arrived, it still hasn’t really made it to Tunbridge Wells and Finals Day last Sunday was rainless and a very pleasant temperature, with the lawns playing well, if not quite as fast as some members like!
In previous years we’ve managed to schedule nine finals, but this year because of the complicated logistics of three players playing in 3 or 4 finals we only managed six ply the semi-finals of the Family Competition.
Lunch for the players was splendidly produced by Kate Sander with home made soup and sandwiches plus fruit.
By early afternoon in the build-up towards tea the spectators were massing (well, getting on for 15 or so) and watching the splendid play in the Spa and Doubles matches. Tea was magnificent with more sandwiches and many other home-made cakes (not by Kate for a change — thanks to everybody who contributed). Some spectators even managed to play a games or two on the spare lawn.
Jon Savage performed the best, winning all his three events; and the rest of the results, for that is what I guess the day was technically about not just the chit-chat and the tea, were mostly very close:
- Spa Salver (Advanced): David Dray beat Jon Diamond +4
- Lustau Cup (Advanced Handicap): Timothy Luke beat Chris Barham +4 on time
- Howell Cup for High Bisquers: Jon Savage beat Jane Smith +14
- Miriam Reader Memorial Doubles: Kate Sander & Jon Savage beat Jack Ingle & Timothy Luke +3 on time
- Hunter Plate: David Dray beat John Greenwood 7-1, 7-2
- Golf Doubles: Derek Heath & Jon Savage beat John Moore & David Dray 7-5, 7-5
- Family Competition: we managed to complete the semi-finals: Family Greenwood beat Family Ingle 7-4 and Family Sander beat Family Gentry 7-5
Some competitions are still to be sorted out. In addition to the New Player ones, the incomplete ones are:
- Calverley Cup: Jack Ingle v Jolyon Creasey
- Kitching Rose Bowl: David Dray v Jack Ingle or Lister Fielding
- Golf High Bisquers: Andrew Moss v Angela Chapman or David Grimshaw or Jane Smith.