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Helms Wins 2017 ScissorTail

The fourth annual ScissorTail Invitational American Rules 6 wicket tournament held September 14-17, 2017 at the Oklahome City Golf and Country Club in in Oklahoma City provided stiff yet cordial competition in all three flights. Twenty participants from New York, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma filled the slots available. Championship flight saw Randy Cardo, Britt Ruby, George Cochran, Bob Chilton, Scott Spradling, John Brown, and Conner Helms go head to head. First flight included Harold Menzel, Suzanne Spradling, Joe Steiner, Andre Bothe, Missy Chilton, Bev Cardo and Doug Ledgett. Second flight was made up by Jane Helms, Jim Loftis, Carl Archiniaco, Jon Spaulding, Lisa Davoli, and Georgia Carter.

The Wicked Wicket. Click to Zoom. Photo by Missy Chilton.The weather cooperated right up until the finals matches on Sunday, and then there was only an hour delay for lightning. The wickets were tight and the lawns were fast but everyone seemed to manage. Some (mainly Championship flighters) even liked the challenge. Although, there was one wicket which seemed to be the nemesis of many. It was dubbed the “Wicked Wicket” and draped in a black shroud after the tournament. The social events throughout the tournament gave everyone the chance to get to know each other, talk croquet, and relax. New friendships were forged and old ones renewed. We all agreed that we love this crazy sport.


Championship Flight
Winner: Conner Helms (Oklahoma City); Runner Up: Britt Ruby (Tyler, Texas)

First Flight
Winner: Joe Steiner (Tulsa, OK); Runner Up: Beverly Cardo (Quogue, New York)

Second Flight
Winner: Jim Loftis (Oklahoma City); Runner Up: Carl Archiniaco (Oklahoma City)

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