The National Masters’ Championships
Marlborough College, Saturday 1st April 2017
Organiser David Bawtree reports: 10 stalwarts entered the Masters’ competition on Saturday 1st April at Marlborough College. Our President, Bernard Atkinson, was a participant and also presented the winners with the Admiral’s Cup. Each pair played the other pairs one game to 15 and the winner was decided on points.
Beal & Hamilton – 60
Hebden & Wilkinson – 47
Atkinson & Ogle – 41
Hillman & Sanders – 29
Boag & Stimson – 11
Thus the Cup went to Spencer Beal & Tony Hamilton, first-time winners, who proved too strong for well-fancied previous champions Dave Hebden & Martin Wilkinson. Two other former winners, Bernard Atkinson and Bev Boag, were also involved in the competition.
Numbers entering for the Masters continue to grow and it may be that next year we will have to set a separate date for the Masters as it is difficult to co-ordinate court time with the Veterans Singles competition, which runs a Plate as well. Nevertheless, it was a thoroughly enjoyable occasion with some 700 years of experience on court!