12 players were due to compete in the 2nd Annual Crake Valley Ladies GC Open. Unfortunately, Sara Clements (Chester) had to withdraw the day before due to her vehicle breaking down in the Highlands of Scotland with no replacement part available until after the Bank Holiday. Crake member, Brenda Knight, stepped forward, even though she has extremely limited experience, to complete the full complement.
The format was “all play all” with the top 4 to progress to the knockout stages, but unfortunately after 4 rounds Sue I’Anson (Ripon Spa) was too unwell to continue and had to withdraw. The Tournament Manager made some slight adjustments and by Sunday lunchtime the remaining 11 players had completed 10 eligible rounds.
Defending Champion, Sandra Cornes (Crake Valley) recorded 8 wins, as did Jane Pringle (Auckland) and Glynnis Davies (Northampton). Marcia Henderson (Auckland) taking 7 wins to complete the knockout qualifiers.
The “Auckland Derby” semi-final was won by Jane 10-7, whilst Glynis gained revenge from the block match with a comfortable 10-5 win over Sandra. Sandra took 3rd place with a 7-4 win against Marcia whilst the final was being closely contested on the adjacent lawn. The quality of play in the final was, as expected, of a high standard with Glynis coming out on top 10-7.
In the plate knockout, the final was contested between 2 players new to tournament play but who took to the challenges extremely well. Liz Jordan (Llanfairfechen) overcame Jo-Ann Hughes (Bishop Monkton) 7-3 to win her first trophy.
Thanks go to the catering team of Tom Grievson (Chester) and his helper Sam Seal (Llanfairfechan). Also, to Frank Sharps for the superb condition of the lawns. All players thoroughly enjoyed the weekend which was played in a competitive but friendly manner.
Pictures show Chair Simon Robins giving the Ladies Open trophy to Glynis Davies, the “plate” to Liz Jordan and the spectators watching the final.