Many thanks to the 42 people who took the time to respond to our Tour survey – the schedule for 2017 is not far away from being announced and it’s been helpful to hear so many opinions. Let’s take a look:
Archives for November 2016
Garry Jones writes:
Two players, late into the night, playing backgammon for a few quid. Playing despite having far too many Guinness. The love of the game gets too extreme as they battle their ongoing grudge match. The conversation widens to include their respective clubs. “We have some really good players developing at Worcester, how are you doing in Cork?” “We’re not too shoddy ourselves!” “Shall we pit them against each other in a Cork v Worcester competition?” “Great Idea!!!” And so it began. A late night conversation. Vic and Sean have come up with an idea. Over a few beers it was bound to be slow in gestating.
A month ago that might have seemed an unlikely headline, as Steve Lee and Richard Furborough had been settled at the top of the Tour standings with two really good scores each, with a large lead and only two to play. With one to play only four chasers still had any chance at all, and then only by winning the Manchester Open outright. And as it happened, two of those four ended up contesting a fantastic final – the outcome being Seb Wilkinson taking the Manchester title to go with his Bristol victory only a fortnight before, and the Tour on top of that.
My name is Ian Hedges and I have Asperger’s Syndrome also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. I know first-hand how it feels to have every door to society closed in your face because this world is geared for “Normal People” and people like me are left marginalised. Life for an “Aspie” in the 80’s and 90’s was absolutely horrendous. The suicide rate amongst autistic people is significantly higher than those who are neuro-typical and if you were unlucky enough to attend school in the 90’s and you had autism, you would really know why.
As the 2016 UK Tour draws to a close with the final instalment in Manchester next weekend (note – one place still available if you move fast!), and we draw up the rules for 2017, I thought I’d take a look at the experience of 2016 and invite as many opinions as possible to make the 2017 bigger and better. The “bigger” part is already in hand as we will definitely have more events – we’re delighted to have Worcester, West Yorkshire and Winchester on board for next time… and to try to achieve the “better” we’re putting out a survey and we hope you’ll take the time to give us your feedback.