Phyllis Court ‘C’ won the final of the Southern Federation GC Handicap League in emphatic style at Winchester today. They beat a fancied Ryde team by 10 games to 2 making good use of their bisque advantage to press home an impressive victory.
PCC ‘C’ John Chalfont partnered Delia Norris, and Hugh Crook played with Dianne Browne in the morning doubles games, that earned them a useful 2-1 lead at the break.
The Ryde team (standing in our photo): Jim O’Keeffe, Joan Grove, Judy Walker and Nick Westmore kept Phyllis Court on their toes but the Henley based team always seemed to have the edge. The real breakthrough came in the first round of afternoon singles where PCC won all four games, which resulted in an unassailable 7-1 lead, with the final four games still to be played. Dianne Brown hit the match clinching shot, and a good one it was too, from fully six yards to win her game at the 13th hoop. Ryde pulled one rubber back when Jim O’Keeffe beat Chalfont in their singles games but the match result was in the bag by then.
SCF Chairman Chris Roberts stood in for League Manager Frances Colman to present the League trophy to John Chalfont, who made a short but sincere speech thanking the opposition for a good game, which despite the score suggesting otherwise, had seen some good croquet from both teams.