Following his success in reaching the semi-finals of the U21 championship, Euan Burridge went on to win the plate at the adult event, held at Southwick and other venues in the south-east. Richard Bilton reached the last 8 of the main event and won the play-off for 5th place. Congratulations to them both.
The club put on a magnificant effort to host the Under-21 Golf Croquet World Championship, which was won by Edmund Fordyce, representing New Zealand, coming back from 2-0 down in a thrilling best of five final against the England player James Galphin. Yasser Sayed (Egypt) and Euan Burridge (England, and a member of the club) took the bronze medals. NZ and England players shared the consolation events: the Shield was won by Nathan Bullen, the Bowl by Chris Spittal and the Plate by Callum Johnson.
Videos of the play, which were streamed live, are available on the CroquetEngland YouTube site.
Many thanks to all the club members, too numerous to name, who helped make the event such a success for the players and their supporters. We hope that they will take away happy memories of Nottingham and return at some time in the future.
An article, recorded at Nottingham, went out on the prime time, flagship news programme, PM, on BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 13th July. You can hear it on iPlayer until 9th August be clicking on this link. It is approximately 22 minutes into the broadcast.
James Death won the National AC Open Championship for the first time, beating Reg Bamford, who has won it eleven times, +18tp +18tp in the final (the two games were almost identical: Reg got the first break and went to 1-back; James hit the lift and went to 4-back, peeling Reg's other ball to hoop 3 and conceding a contact; Reg failed to get going and James hit-in to finish with a triple peel).
As far as I am aware, this is the first time a Nottingham member has won the title. He also won the AC Open Doubles Championship, playing alternate strokes with Samir Patel, and holds the Mens Championship as well.
Another Nottingham success was that Miranda Chapman won the Doubles consolation event, partnering Eugene Chang.
On July 2nd Derek Blow will be offering coaching at 6pm on MOVING FROM HANDICAP TO LEVEL AND ADVANCED - An Introduction to the Basics.