Advanced AC tournament at HWCC
On 29 July, High Wycombe was pleased to host one of the two days for this competition for AC 8+ players. Day 1 was held at Phyllis Court, with 2.5 games per day (with the third round game pegged-down by design). This tournament is unusual in its offering to this level of player who are so often 'obliged' to play handicap because it's all that is available.
At the end of Day 1, Andrew Beaumont from Nottingham shared the lead undefeated with Peter Allan (Harwell) with the latter seemingly on the brink of victory in their pegged-down match. But Beaumont came through for the unexpected win that proved to be the pivotal result of the tournament.
Beaumont didn't look back after that and, as all bar Allan took games off each other, the tournament victory was secured for the Nottingham man with the fifth and final round to spare.
Allan rued that one lost game and had to settle for deserved second place on four wins, one ahead of Frances Colman (Phyllis Court and High Wycombe).
Colman actually scored the most exciting win: a narrow two-hoop margin over Carole McLoughlin (Ealing & Roehampton), which saw Colman's confident seven foot hoop run on the stroke of time, countered by a fabulous 25-yard roquet from McLoughlin in the time turn, which alas yielded just one hoop and wasn't enough, to Colman's relief.
High Wycombe chairman Richard Peperell presented the PC/HW Cup to Beaumont at as much arm's length as they could jointly mange and the group photo was also a challenge as everyone observed the two metres social-distance guidance.
Reproduced from CA website report by Chris Roberts, with grateful acknowledgment
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