The 2017 Southern Open was once again a huge success, echoing 2016’s hugely popular event. Hosted by Worthing Petanque Club and magnificently run by SCPA competition secretary Hilary Kidd, the event had 35 triples teams battling for the top prize of £450.
As with 2016, the competition was fiercely competitive with some of the best players in England travelling from all over the country to the Open.
The format for this years event was 9 groups of 4 teams (with one bye in one of the groups), the group winners plus the next best 7 went in to the Main. The next 16 were put into the Plate with the final 3 teams playing a round robin for the Spoon.
The top 16 was not much of a surprise. The favourites taking their places in the Main.
After 4 knock out games, the Chiltern/London combination of Sean Prendergast, Sofiane Lachani and Monty Quaia were victorious in a fairly comfortable final. The trio defeated the all London team of Vince Wills, Rachid Hannache and Fadi Brahmi 13-5.
CHAMPIONS: Sean Pendergast, Monty Quaia, Sofiane Lachani
Runners Up: Vince Wills, Fadi Brahmi, Rachid
Semi Finalists: Sammy Thatcher, Sarah Huntley, Jack Blows
Martin Hughes, Barry Wing, Jeremy Huntley
Quarter Finalists: Dave Plumhoff, David Cruz, Oscar Panadero
Glenn Floyd, Lee Redfern, Chris Wilcox
Graham Galton, Tomasz Rypien, Bernie Miles
Kaylee Thatcher, Steve Lombard, Karen Lombard
Main Cons Winners: Alan Constable, Tony Mann, Matt Shrimpton
Main Cons Rup: Scott Ashby, Kevin Spillett, Nic Baxter
Main Cons: SF: Steven Slade, Martin Pry, Sylvie Pry
Reece Gould, Mike Quaia, Ross Jones
Plate Winners: Stuart Floyd, Callum Lombard, Josh Tombelson
Plate Rup: Jason White, Ollie Zimmerman, Phil Claydon
Plate SF: David Kilshaw, Carrie Litchfield, Mike Sheppard
Dave Stubbs, Ali Stubbs, Mike Porter
Plate Cons Winners: Jamie Brookes, Marc Cruz, Liam Floyd, Josh Price
Plate Cons R Up: Allan Paice, Trevor Treend, Harrison Ash
Spoon Winner: Angela Brooks, Tony Jackson, Diana Hollis
Spoon R Up: Lyn Porter, Abbey Brookes, Debbie Matthews