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2nd June - Roberts 14th in European GC Championship as Fensome wins Plate
Chris Roberts upheld his seeding posiotion but was disapoionted with 14th at the European Chamionships ath finished it's four day programme in Budleigh Saalterton (Devon) this afternoon.
Roberts 'made the cut' into the Main Event knock-out wit ease but enjoyed no more sucess after that.
Phyllis Court Club mate Helena Fensome (representing Finland), failed to quaalify for the main event but did win the consolation plate event.

8th June - Ryde gather for belated photo
Ryde won the 2012 SCF Doubles Only League in 2012 but they were not able to attend the AM to be presented with their cup.
Winners and the spoils were united a few weeks ago and finaly they gathered for a celebratory photograph.
16th June - Ryde & Phyllis Court pairs win SCF ' Solsice & Armada Tournaments
Both the SFC's annual touranments proved to be great successes this weekend with the maximum 16 pairs taking part in the GC Solstice on Friday and another full house of 8 (pairs) entries for the AC Armada Touranament an Winchester on Sunday.
The detailed results from both these tournaments can be seen via these two buttons:

Solstice - Ryde pair Roy Tillcock & Jim O'Keeffe won this GC event defeating Eynsham's Brian & Marion Hitchin in the final.
The top three seeds from Phyllis court were beaten back into 3rd, 4th & 5th places.
The maximum participation in this enjoyable event rewarded the SCF committee's decision to restrict entry to joint handicaps of 6+ as it is therefore likely to be kept as the format for the future.

Armada - Phyllis Court pair Frances Colman & Chris Roberts were undefeated in this AC handicap event.
In winning back their title after an absence last season, they beat the holders Gary Yeates & Sue Bradley of hosts Winchester in a very close final.
The tournament was well run by Rita Nunn who coped well with a late illness induced withdrawl of one pair meaning a sit out for some but an enjoyable day for all.
5th August - Ryde win GC Level League
Congratulations to Ryde CC who secured the SCF Golf Croquet Level League with victory over Phyllis Court today.
In sometimes torrential rain, Ryde's well known wonderful hospitality was not in the least bit dampened, and either side of lunch they won the league's last fixture by 4.5 to 2.5.
This saw them tied at the top of the league with last season's Champions Winchester, but victory earlier in the season in the 'head to head' match between the pair, ensured the title for the Isle of Wight Club.
Well done all of you!
3rd September - League season ends
The SCF Leagues 'regular season' closed at the end of August and only the handicap league 'finals' are left to play.
In GC - Ryde are the Level League Champions and the final of the Handicap League will be between Hamptworth and Phyllis Court 'B' - a repeat of the 2012 final.
In AC - Blewbury look like being the winners of the Level League but some results may still be in the pipeline, while in the Handicap League the final will be between Aldermaston and Oxford University.
All results can be seen via the AC Leagues and GC league buttons in the panel to the left.

7th September - Date for AC Handicap Laegue Final decided - It is the 5th October
The SCF Handicap League final will be between Aldermaston and Oxford University at 0930 or 1000 on Saturday 5th October at Winchester.

10th September - Blewbury win AC Advanced League
With one match left unplayed, the ACF Advanced league was awarded to Blewbury today - and congratulations to them!

October: End of Season round-up

Ian Norris is NATIONAL GC 'B-Level' Champion
Ian Norris is the first ever National Golf Croquet B-Level Champion having won the finals tournament last weekend at Hamptworth
He only had one reverse in all his games and qualified with ease for the semi-finals where he defeated John Smallbone of Watford for a place in the final against the host Club's David Cooper, who was the only one to beat him in the block games.
Norris made a steady start and traded hoops with the local who was clearing exceptionally well time and again from distance.
A perfect jump shot drew applause from Croquet Association Chairman and international player Jeff Dawson along with Frances Colman and Chris Roberts who were managing the event.
It looked however that Norris had blown it when he lost the 11th after a poor approach and a hoop later he was facing defeat going second to the last hoop.
But some jitters from both men ultimately proved more costly for Cooper who for once missed a clearance to give Norris a tap in for the Championship.
What a feather in not only his personal cap but also that of Phyllis Court and the Southern Croquet Federation!

Phyllis Court 'B' win GC Handicap League Final
Raymond Wood's Phyllis Court 'B' beat Hosts Hamptworth in this years final to reverse the result of 12 months ago.
Phyllis Court took a 2-1 lead into the lunch interval thanks to an Ian Norris singles win over Ann Beard (who did well to take Norris to a third game) and a topsy-turvy win in the doubles for Wood and Pam Mead.
Nick Beard kept the Hamptworth in with a shout by defeating Mike Fensome.
In the second round, Hamptworth's Richard Jenkins used his extra turns well to win the captain v captain singles rubber against Wood but the other three singles went to Phyllis Court who took the title by 5 games to 2.
Teams - Phyllis Court: Raymond Wood, Pam Mead, Ian Norris & Mike Fensome. Hamptworth: Richard Jenkins, Phylis Bamber, Nick Beard & Ann Beard.

Oxford University win AC Handicap League Final
Harry Fisher's Oxford University team was hastily re-assembled for this delayed final encounter but the rush proved no problem for the students who won the match and title 4-2 at Winchester.
SCF committee member Rita Nunn resented OU with the trophy which carries with it the right to represent the SCF in next season's Secretary's Shield national competition.

Richard Jenkins (Hamptworth)  wins inaugural GC Club Champions' handicap Tournament
The experience gained from running over 50 handicap tournaments saw Hamptworth's Richard Jenkins in fine form as he won the first ever SCF tournament for club's GC Champions.
Jenkins delayed using his extra turns to frustrate Phyllis Court's Chris Roberts in the final and then, even having used the last managed to 'jaws' his ball in hoop 11 from the boundary to effectively end the contest right there.
10 Club champions took part in this inaugural event which looks certain to grow next season.

Roger Barnacle (Dogmersfield) wins inaugural AC Club Champions' handicap Tournament
There could hardly have been a tighter finish for the first staging of this SCF tournament for club's AC Champions because four players tied on three wins from four games at the close.
The swiss event, which was limited to four rounds by weather and light, saw Blewbury's Paul Wolff beaten for the first time in the final round by Richard Harris of Ryde, which meant that together with Chris Roberts (Phyllis Court) all three were tied with just Roger Barnacle who could join them with tyhe same record as he neared the end of his last game. The 'who beat whom' tie-break criteria could not be applied as all the tied chaps hadn't faced each other and so the maths of 'net hoops' put Roberts and Harris clear of Wolff by one hoop and with a problem of how to decide precedence between them. Fortunately for manager Roberts, Barnacle strode to the rescue with a large win and beat the pair by a clear 6 hoop margin to take the title back to Dogmersfield.

6th November -
Top Coach coming to SCF
We are pleased to announce that reknown coach Cliff Jones has confirmed dates when he will be offering courses at Hamptworth.

Coaching and Referees Course dates 2014

   10th  Mar            GC Coaching Course (h'cap 3-8)      - Hamptworth
   11th  Mar            GC Referees Course day 1                 - Hamptworth
   12th  Mar            GC Referees Course day 2 (including exam)
   25th  Mar             AC Coaching Course (H'cap 14-24) - Hamptworth
   26th  Mar             AC Coaching Course (H'cap 14-24) - Hamptworth

These are now firm dates for your diary.
Costs and booking details are yet to be finalised.
23rd November -
Successful AGM
Thank you to Winchester CC who again hosted
the SCF AGM.

3rd December - AGM minutes soon. . .
While we await the publication of the AGM minutes, here's a photo from Richard Harris of Frances Colman presenting the SCF GC Level League Cup to Ryde's Alan Truckel.

SCF Old News, early 2013
SCF Old News, early 2013
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