Budleigh croquet player Peter Chadwick in B Level success
PUBLISHED: 13:11 23 August 2017
The busy year at Budleigh Croquet Club shows no sign of letting up, writes Elaine Marsh.
The most recent event last weekend was a B Level Golf Croquet tournament for players just below the top echelons of the game.
It was won by Budleigh member Peter Chadwick who performed outstandingly well and has now qualified for the national final in October.
Meanwhile, the club’s Golf Croquet teams have finished their programmes in the various leagues run by the South West Federation of Croquet Clubs.
The Level Play team won three out of its five matches but lost out on the top spot to Taunton Deane despite having been the only team to defeat them.
The club’s two handicap teams have also performed well: they are runners-up in the South East Division and at present topping the South West Division.
Their final position depends on the outcome of the match between Barnstaple and Cornwall Rosevear this week. A win by home team Cornwall would see Budleigh top the league.
The High Handicap team is already in that happy position with three wins from five. As winners of the South division they will meet Cheltenham in the final when they will be defending the title which they won last year. The consistent success of the Golf Croquet teams rests on the intensive training they undertook during the winter months under the leadership of Rob Weeks, Tony Bower and David White with additional assistance from Kay Scales.
On the Association Croquet front, Wendy Dominguez was selected to play in the Longman Bowl at Cheltenham recently. This is part of a tournament for the top twelve women players in the country who have indicated their availability. Unusually in this poor summer there was lots of sunshine, coupled with the usual good company that tournaments provide.
This was Wendy’s second consecutive appearance in the event and she once again out-performed her eight handicap and was joint runner-up with Nailsea’s Linda Shaw.
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