The High Bisque Tournament 2017 - 02/08/2017 17:03 by Frances_Low

The High Bisque Tournament 2017

The annual AC High Bisque Tournament was held on 31 July/1st August at Southwick.

We had 16 players in the draw – the format was changed this year and we did not have a 'very high bisquer' section. Anyone with an AC handicap of 14 or more could enter. The handicaps ranged from 14-22 so a good mix.

We also decided to make all games 14 point so players had a chance to peg out! A lot did so it worked well! There were 3 games on both days so a lot of play which is what people want.

The coaches role changed – we went over openings, laws, etc. in the classroom, then the coaches took charge of a lawn. They were available for questions on the laws or adjudicating possible faulty shots, and they de-briefed players at the end of each game.

The play was very interesting with some excellent 4-ball breaks-we were so pleased to see players taking that on board as the easiest way to get round the 6 hoops!Some players need consolidation with the shots and tactics- plenty of courses available for that!

The semi final places were filled by Anne Bolland (Compton)who played David Wicks (Ipswich), and Janet Hoptroff (SCCC)who played Vernon Hewitt (SCCC).

Anne and Janet were victorious and so played in the final. Anne had won all her games so was the slight favourite, but Janet triumphed in the end with some brilliant roqueting and hooping – 14 v 11.

Well done Janet – the winner of the High Bisque Salver!

Janet and Anne also had handicap reductions from 16 to 14.

Congratulations to all who participated. Everyone improved!

My grateful thanks to Clive Hayton, Katharine Minchin, Jonathan Isaacs and John Munt for their coaching skills and support.

Thanks to the SCCC for the excellent lawns and food.

We had brilliant weather with sunshine and blue skies. A very enjoyable, and productive 2 days.

Frances Low – Manager and Coach and Referee

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