Barry Keen Wins 2011 Millenium Handicap (by Barbara Dutton 09/05/11)
This two day handicap tournament drew players from all over the north west and 16 contenders took part. The weather held until the final minutes when a short hailstorm drove players from the lawns, however, by that time the result was already known. The tournament was managed by Geoff Young from Bury.
Barry Keen from Bowdon took first prize and the trophy from Terry Vernazza from Fylde who was second. Runners up were Alan Farrell from Southport and David Boyd from Chester.
The picture shows all the players with the two winners either side of the Chairman, Ron Welch, in green top with Maureen Whitaker presenting the trophy.
Report by Geoff Whittaker:
16 players from six clubs assembled at Pendle for the annual NWFCC Millenium Handicap Tournament, this year managed by Geoff Young, playing to base 8, in three hour double banked games. They were set into four blocks with handicaps equally spread whilst avoiding clubmates. The block winners were: David Boyd (14, Chester); Alan Farrell (10, Southport); Barry Keen (14, Bowdon); Terry Venazza (8, Fylde). The two round knockout saw Barry defeat Alan 26-5 in short order and then 26-0 over Terry, even faster, to take the trophy. Alan beat David for 3rd place. Pendle were congratulated on the condition of the lawns and the efficient and enjoyable catering.