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Friday
Dec302016

2016 Best of Croquet Network

As 2016 winds down, it's always a great time to look at the most popular articles and pages on the Croquet Network site. The trends always present an interesting look back at the year in our wonderful sport and the popularity of specific pages or articles makes me appreciate the loyal audience that has been cultivated over a near-decade of work. The past year was particularly enjoyable because, we kicked off a small but targeted effort to invest in and produce more original content. It's nice to see some of those pieces in the top 10 for 2016. 

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Tuesday
Dec202016

2016 Croquet News Volume 3, Web Edition

The 2016 Volume 3 issue of the USCA's Croquet News magazine went to press earlier this month and should be mailing to members soon. The web edition PDF is also now available to USCA members on the magazine page of the USCA website (log in required).

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Sunday
Dec182016

Abdelwahab in Control of US GP

Updated on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at 07:47PM by Registered CommenterDylan

Looking at the current USCA Grand Prix standings, it appears as though Sherif Abdelwahab is on his way to claiming the 2016 race. The standings below were pulled from the USCA website on December 18, 2016, and show that Abdelwahab is just ahead of Stuart Lawrence. From our last glance at the end of August, the positions are exactly switched.

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Sunday
Dec112016

2016 US Open: Cumming Over Grimsley in Five

PLAYER JOURNAL BY LEO NIKORA:
Finals were played on Saturday in both flights.  They were accompanied by a courtside bar and luncheon.

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Saturday
Dec102016

2016 US Open: Elimination Blocks (Day 4)

PLAYER JOURNAL BY LEO NIKORA:
For the first time in its 29-year history, the United States Open did not have a single-elimination playoff. Instead, each flight of ten players was reduced to two round-robins of four players each, seeded according to the block results.  The winners will advance to the finals.  There was some trepidation in the players, but I thought it worked well.

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Friday
Dec092016

2016 US Open: Block Day 3

US OPEN PLAYER JOURNAL FROM LEO NIKORA:
The third day of Block play had the best weather yet.  Each player played another three games. Afterword, the Toast & Tally was held at the home of Donna Dixon. 

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Wednesday
Dec072016

2016 US Open: Block Day 2

PLAYER JOURNAL FROM LEO NIKORA:

The second day of Block play was another perfect croquet day.  Each player played another three games.

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Tuesday
Dec062016

2016 US Open: Block Day 1

PLAYER JOURNAL BY LEO NIKORA:

The first day of Block play was perfect croquet weather – cool air and warm sun.  Each player played three games.

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Tuesday
Dec062016

2016 United States Open: Opening Party

The 2016 United States Open is being held at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, CA, on December 6-10.  It is hosted by the Mission Hills Croquet Club

The opening party was held at the 55th Hole bar at the Country Club.  Twenty players and nine guest attended the gala.  Tournament Director Rory Kelley, demurred, and Assistant Tournament Director Doug Grimsley presided.  

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Monday
Oct312016

2016 USCA Golf Croquet Nationals Photos

Catching up on last week's USCA GC Nationals, here are photo galleries for Day One, Day Two, Day Three and the Final Day.

Sunday
Oct302016

Video: USCA GC Semifinal - Abdelwahab vs Morgan

US Golf Croquet National Championship at the NCC in West Palm Beach, Florida - 10/25/2016. This singles semifinal match features Sherif Abdelwahab and Stephen Morgan in an impressive display of the tactical value of aggressive hoop shooting.

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Thursday
Oct272016

Player Journal: 2016 US GC Nationals D4

Yesterday's final day of the 2016 USCA Golf Croquet National Championship featured strong winds as several finals matches played on the the lawns of the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. For the main event, Stephen Morgan seemed relatively comfortable battling the conditions as he cruised to a 7-3 win in game one against Matt Griffith. But Griffith came back strong in game two to snag a 3-1 early lead.

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Tuesday
Oct252016

Player Journal: 2016 US GC Nationals D3

The schedule marched on for day three of the 2016 USCA Golf Croquet National Championship at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, with the all of the events slimming down to only finalists for tomorrow's final day.

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Monday
Oct242016

Player Journal: 2016 US GC Nationals D2

The second day of the USCA's 2016 Golf Croquet National Championship at the National Croquet Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, was just as jam-packed with action as day one. In fact, doubles games under the lights were still under way when I left the NCC around 8:00 p.m. And there did seem to be one player protesting the extended action.

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Sunday
Oct232016

Player Journal: 2016 US GC Nationals D1

Day one of the 2016 USCA Golf Croquet National Championship at the National Croquet Center kicked off today in West Palm Beach, FLorida with a full slate of games. One late withdrawal in Championship Flight meant last minute adjustments to the four blocks, but everything appeared to run smoothly throughout the day.

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