Surbiton April Charity One-ball heat

Kevin Carter writes:

Given the spring sunshine, we had a slightly disappointing turn-out, of just 18, for the Surbiton heat of the Charity One-Ball Championship, which was also a rescheduled 'November' Winter One-Ball. The lawns were in superb condition, and playing quite fast.

Martin Pulsford led the field throughout and completed his six rounds, with just one loss, He was in the clubhouse and looking forward to his lunch while some of his rivals were still completing the fourth round.

From the manager's point of view things were not looking so good, with the prospect of a tie between up to five other players who could finish on 4/6 for second place - important because two qualifiers were to go through to the final. However, Mike Hampson saved the day by winning his last three games and finishing also on 5/6.

So, the qualifiers were decided, but the winner of the blue Winter One-ball trophy had still to be settled and the tied leaders were given a choice of a play-off after lunch or the application of a 'Quality of Opponents' tie-break calculation. They opted for latter, which Martin narrowly won.

Nick Parish won a special prize for the best break (seven hoops).

Besides half of the entry fee going to Prostate Cancer UK, some players were generous with additional donations and 175 was raised. With 28 heats scheduled nationally we stand a chance of beating last year's fine total.

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