20+ Tournament 2010

20 September 2010, Meadows

This year’s 20+ was contested by Jim Carden, Brian Cosford, George Geis, David Houston and Joe Lyske.  David had withdrawn earlier as his handicap had come down to 18 but was encouraged to play since there were only 4 entrants; then Joe put his name down.  It was decided that David could still play, if he wished, as the format is short croquet so everyone receives bisques according to their handicap.

Time limits were set at 1 hour 15 minutes, which proved generous as most games finished well inside the time.  The format was all play all which meant there was enough time for a playoff if necessary.  Despite all players having bisques three of them managed to lose 14–0 erroneously believing their opponent wouldn’t take their second ball round and finish.

Joe Lyske proved the player in form winning all his games, although George Geis could have beaten him with a little more luck.

As a playoff was not required the manager (Alan Wilson) scheduled an extra round, just for enjoyment, where he played Joe and the others played their nearest rival.  Joe showed his win in the event was not a fluke as he took his first ball to peg using only 2 of his 8 bisques.  Alan went round and pegged him off but Joe finished easily with 2 bisques still standing.  Something tells me he won’t be eligible next year.

Alan Wilson


Joe Lyske 4/4: beat Brian Cosford 14-8, David Houston 14-3, Jim Carden 14-8, George Geis 14-12
Brian Cosford 3/4: beat David Houston 14-7, Jim Carden 14-4, George Geis 14-0
David Houston 2/4: beat Jim Carden 14-0, George Geis 14-6
Jim Carden 1/4: beat George Geis 14-10
George Geis 0/4