Ac­ci­den­tal player comes up trumps

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Cam­borne man Bob McKen­zie com­peted in the golf cro­quet na­tion­als this month pretty much by chance – with startling re­sults.

A last- minute check by tour­na­ment man­ager Tom Ber­ry­man re­vealed another player’s hand­i­cap made him in­el­i­gi­ble to play.

The +4 hand­i­cap sin­gles tour­na­ment was held at Plim­mer­ton Cro­quet Club where McKen­zie, a keen golf cro­quet player, is a grounds­man.

His hand­i­cap made him an ideal re­place­ment for the tour­na­ment from Jan­uary 2 till 8, and he was di­verted from set­ting up the courts to be­ing one of 12 con­tes­tants.

They were re­quired to play sin­gle games in a dou­ble round robin, mean­ing a pos­si­ble 22 games over four days.

In spec­tac­u­lar fash­ion, McKen­zie cleaned up with 16 wins. Sec­ond was Lynette Grant of Hawke’s Bay with 14 wins.

Eight dou­bles teams, from Wellington, Hawke’s Bay and Nel­son, also com­peted.

Roger Hurnard and Louise Starkey from Khan­dal­lah won six matches to claim the dou­bles ti­tle.

Bet­ter late than never: Cam­borne’s Bob McKen­zie re­ceives the cup for win­ning the +4 hand­i­cap golf cro­quet com­pe­ti­tion from Kelvin Wat­son, pres­i­dent of the Wellington Cro­quet As­so­ci­a­tion.

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