BOWDON ADVANCED WEEKEND, 26th-27th May
The 2012 Bowdon June Advanced Weekend was won by Paddy Chapman who beat David Maugham in the final (-16tp, +14, +13otp, -17tp, +19) to win the Peterson Cup, presented by club President Martin Granger Brown. The consolation Egyptian Event was won by James Hopgood, who beat Ian Lines in the deciding game.
The Peterson Trophy was presented to Paddy by Martin Granger Brown, and thanks were recorded to Alan Mayne for the fantastic Bowdon lawns, Barry Keen for setting the hoops, and to John Saxby and his team of helpers who provided the magnificent catering. There was unbroken sunshine all weekend and the lawns were pleasantly paced at about 11 Plummers, and with hoops set at about 1/32” there was a reasonable level of interactivity in most games. Dave and Paddy were clearly in a league of their own and the final, played under Super Advanced rules, was one of the best quality best-of-fives seen in a while. In game 2, Paddy was attempting a tpo, but failed to peg out David’s ball (missing from about 2 yards!), so was forced to peg out his own ball and give a contact. Dave had a good leave, but Paddy then redeemed himself by hitting the 35 yard shot and finishing. In game 3, Paddy finished off the contact with balls in corners 3 and 4 (he had been popped to hoop 2). In the deciding final game, Paddy went round 3rd turn after hitting the ball in corner 2, having put his first ball in hoop 5. David got going off the contact but was hampered after 1 back having done 2 peels of the tpo, leaving Paddy a contact and an easy finish.