Ten pairs assembled at the club on a cold wet day to celebrate Her Majesty’s birthday, and to play four sets of tennis. With only a single exception (names withheld to protect the innocent), all pairs won at least one match, but only two pairs won all four: the pro-am combination of Ruaraidh Gunn & Prue McCahey, and the scratch partnership of Peter Fenwick & Claire Heughan.

The final, between these two pairs, began with Claire (handicap 64) serving to Ruaraidh (+10), a phenomenon not previously witnessed by this writer. Played as it was off the maximum handicap difference, once Ruaraidh & Prue had quickly gained the service end they were able to exercise complete control over proceedings. They won 6-1. Both pairs deserve credit for their very steady play, albeit from opposite ends of the handicap spectrum, through the day.

 

Queens Birthday doubles finalists

Claire Heughan, Ruaraidh Gunn & Prue McCahey (paired centre), Peter Fenwick.

champagne all round

champagne all round