After a mad dash from Broadstone to Fittleworth, we enjoyed an evening of wine, tall tales and amazingly for some even more food (!), at the highly recommended White Swan. Next morning we awoke to a chilly, crisp morning with a cloudless sky and before too long we were enjoying the sight of the delightfully spacious and isolated course at West Sussex.
The day’s winner was a previous qualifier, Patrick Dawson (8) Burnham Beeches with a superb 39pts. Runner-up with 37pts was Martin Yates (5), whose articles on various Rules matters continue to be very well received by our subscribers. Third on 36pts came another previous qualifier David Mabbott (10) Eltham Warren. The remaining qualifiers were Richard Jessop (6) Tiverton, returning to the Championship after a considerable absence, on 33pts; also on 33pts was David Sinden (14) North Downs, qualifying for a Final for the first time (and a local one at that!). Two perennial qualifiers made up the day’s Finalists, both on 32pts, Adrian Dawson (11) Woodcote Park and Tim Aggett (1) Staddon Heights.
This was our first visit to the wonderful West Sussex club and thanks to the kind attention of Andy Stubbs, our host, and his very helpful and patient staff, we very much hope it won’t be our last. We are most appreciative of the generosity of the Captain, Committee and Members of the Club in allowing us to demonstrate how their course should and should not be played!
Thanks, too, to Stefanie Mainstone of Jonas Clubminder, who completed another very good job scoring, but who needs a larger car to accommodate the screen so that we can view the leaderboard (her superiors please note!). Also to Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal, who had wisely spent the previous evening frightening owls on his bike and to Phil McInley of Eagle, who latest toy, the first RIKSHA push trolley to be seen in this country, was course-tested to devastating effect by Neil Sjoberg. Rob Saunders from Teeofftimes, was also with us and we hope to see him again at Royal Ashdown Forest in November.