David Barrett wins Lancs Open Golf Tournament
The 5th Lancashire International Open Golf Croquet Tournament, played at Heaton Park on May 8-9, resulted in victory for home player David Barrett. In somewhat indifferent weather, the eight contestants battled through a round-robin on the Saturday, Chris Sheen leading with six wins to Roy Ware’s five, David Barrett on four, and Don Beck leading the tiebreak in the 3-win group.
The Sunday began with the consolation event of randomly paired doubles, the winners of all three games in the round-robin being John Moore and Roy Ware with Tom Weston and Chris Sheen second. The knockout 19-point semi-finals resulted in Chris beating Don 10-5 and David, who had been modestly surprised to reach this stage, beating Roy 8-6 on time. In the best-of-three final David began well and scored the winning point with an amazing hoop 12 run from corner two. He kept his cool in the second game and won it 7-4 to secure the championship trophy.
a) Qualifying Matches (All play All with top 4 entering a knock-out to decide the outcome). David Barrett beat Donald Beck 7-4; John Moore beat Patricia Duke-Cox 7-5; Chris Sheen beat Tom Weston 7-5; Roy Ware beat David Turner 7-5; David Turner beat Tom Weston 7-6; Chris Sheen beat Roy Ware 7-6; John Moore beat David Barrett 6-5; Donald Beck beat Patricia Duke-Cox 7-4; Chris Sheen beat Patricia Duke-Cox 7-3; David Turner beat David Barrett 7-5; Roy Ware beat Donald Beck 7-5; Tom Weston beat John Moore 7-6; David Barrett beat Roy Ware 7-5; Tom Weston beat Patricia Duke-Cox 7-2; Chris Sheen beat John Moore 7-3; Donald Beck beat David Turner 7-4; John Moore beat David Turner 7-6 Chris Sheen beat Donald Beck 7-3; David Barrett beat Tom Weston 7-5 Roy Ware beat Patricia Duke-Cox 7-1; Tom Weston beat Donald Beck 7-6; Roy Ware beat John Moore 7-3; David Turner beat Patricia Duke-Cox 7-3; Chris Sheen v/s David Barrett match unresolved; Chris Sheen beat David Turner 7-2; David Barrett beat Patricia Duke-Cox 7-2; Donald Beck beat John Moore 7-4; Roy Ware beat Tom Weston 7-3.
b) Knock out play-offs results: Chris Sheen, Roy Ware, David Barrett and Donald Beck qualified; Semi-finals: Chris Sheen beat Donald Beck 10-5; David Barrett beat Roy Ware 8-6; Final: David Barrett beat Chris Sheen 7-5; 7-4
Doubles Results (All play All): Winners: John Moore and Roy Ware 3/3; Runners up: Tom Weston and Chris Sheen 2/3; Others: Donald Beck and David Turner 1/3; David Barrett and Patricia Duke-Cox 0/3.