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Soo Claims SE Regional GC Title

2018 USCA Southeast Regional ParticipantsEighteen players from New York, Maryland, Wisconsin, Missouri, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia competed in the 2018 USCA SE GC Regional held recently at the Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club in Hartfield, VA. Players were treated to extra helpings of warm southern hospitality as they competed over four days of singles and doubles block play and knock out rounds.

Runner-up White (L) with winner Soo. Click to ZoomJeff Soo captured both the singles and doubles titles in the Championship flight. Enroute to the singles final, Soo battled sharpshooter, Justin Berbig, to move past the semi-finals with a 6-7, 7-1, 7-2 victory. In the finals, Soo prevailed over Macey White with a 7-1, 7-6 win. White’s long jump shot at hoop #13 in the second game made it through the hoop but, pulled Soo’s ball along with it giving Soo the tiebreaker win. White’s road to the finals included a 7-4, 7-3 win over Cheryl Bromley in the semi-finals before facing Soo in the title match.

Hal Denton emerged as the First Flight singles champion by defeating John Priest in the semi-finals 7-3, 7-3 and Terry Hunt 7-4, 7-4 in the finals. Hunt took out William “Buck” Brewer with a solid semis win of 7-4, 7-2. Hunt also shot a record four successful jump shots in one of his block matches to propel him into the knockout.

Hal Denton and Terry Hunt. Click to Zoom

In doubles action, Soo and his wife, Eileen, took out White and Gil Flowers in the semi-finals with a 7-3, 7-5 win. The Soos faced off against Bromley and Steve Jackson in the championship match outlasting them in a 4-hour battle winning 6-7, 7-1, 7-6.

First Flight Doubles winners were Rick Alderson and Rick Darnell who took out Brewer and Priest in the finals 7-6, 7-3. Their semi-final match included a win over George and Judie Fiegel 7-3, 7-4. Brewer and Priest reached the finals after edging out Terry and Shirley Hunt in a tight semi-final 5-7, 7-5, 7-6.

All of the results of matches played throughout the entire event may be found at croquetscores.com/2018/gc/usca-se-regional

Thank you to Macey White and Barbara Wallace for hosting this event!

Rick Alderson, Rick Darnell, Buck Brewer and John PriestJeff and Eileen Soo, Steve Jackson and Cheryl Bromley

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