On Sunday 24th July, 24 members and guests competed for the Chairman’s Shield. This is a doubles competition for which the pairings are drawn at random.
The early stages saw some close and competitive games but the highlights were 21-20 wins for Les Miller and Joe Parker against Shirley Kelly and Leo Tobin and also for Roy Heyes and Bill Nowell, who overcame Pat Higgins and Ray Lowe by the same margin. The winners of these games then faced each other in the semi-final and although at one stage it was looking like it was going down to the wire, Les and Joe progressed to the final with a 21-15 success.
In the top half of the draw one of our guests for the day, Mark Eustace, was drawn to partner seasoned campaigner Bill Nuttall. With the help of Bill’s experience and knowledge of the green , Mark and Bill were able to reach the semi-final with wins against Harry Brown and Pat Miller (21-7) and Jim Huyton and Norman Parry (21-16). In the semi-final, they came up against the pairing of one of last year’s winners, Eileen Curtis, and Alan Bond, who has produced some good performances in his first season at the Hesketh Arms. With Eileen putting up some consistently good leads, it was Alan and Eileen who won a close game 21-17 to reach the final.
The final was an exciting game which could have gone either way but in the end the Chairman’s Shield went to Les Miller and Joe Parker, overcoming Alan and Eileen with a 21-18 victory. Congratulations to Les and Joe on their first competition success at the Hesketh Arms.
Members are reminded that the next club competition is The Championship Cup on Sunday 14th August, followed by the re-arranged President’s Cup a week later on Sunday 21st August. Both competitions will start at 1.00pm