It’s Rothman! Ben Rothman is the 2016 British Open Singles Champion. In the final he beat Samir Patel (England) -26tp, +19, -20tp, +25tp, +26tp. Rothman (USA) is the first North American player to win a British Open championship title.
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The singles semifinals were all-day affairs, averaging around two hours per game (including lunch and tea breaks). Between the two matches there were nine games played, each with a successful peeling turn (eight triples and one quad).
The main event of the day was the singles quarterfinals, played as best-of-fives. Paddy Chapman showed impressive focus and control and was nearly error-free in dispatching the ever-entertaining James Death 3-1. Samir Patel was nearly as impressive in a 3-1 win over top seed Reg Bamford.
The British Opens Singles qualifying is in the Burridge Swiss format; players need five wins out of ten games to reach the knockout. The first six rounds are pre-drawn to ensure a balanced draw. The final four rounds match players by record. Paddy Chapman (NZ, resident in England) and Ben Rothman (USA) lead the pack at 6/6.
On the Fourth of July, Ben Rothman (USA) donned the stars and stripes, and went four for four to start the singles qualifying round.
Day One of the British Opens at the Cheltenham Croquet Club was a short day with a single round of the main doubles knockout. Most of the top-ranked teams had fairly easy matches, but a couple of matches were especially competitive. Jeff Dawson (England) and David Walters (Wales) bested Ben Rothman (USA) and Gavin Carter (Jersey) with two triples by Dawson.
MANCHESTER, UK -- Great Britain retained the Solomon Trophy with a 17-4 victory yesterday at the Bowdon Croquet Club.
From Nick Cheyne's YouTube Channel -- "Random shots from different players on the 1st day of the GC champs 2016 at Surbion Croquet Club."
By Eric Sawyer | Yesterday, our lads beat the South African team pretty easily to conclude the Plate pool play. After factoring in our prior win over Sweden in the A block, our team finished 3-0 to secure the #1 seed in the Plate. We will play Sweden, the #2 seed in the Plate, in a two-day test beginning tomorrow.
By Eric Sawyer | Today was not our day. A confluence of misfortunes bit us on the butt. We lost to Egypt, as expected. Except we got steam-rolled by The Force, 6-0. The only close match was Ben's spirited loss to world champion Ahmed Nasr in three games, with two games going to hoop 13.
Good news, our lads beat Sweden on Sunday in the opening day of WCF Golf Croquet World Team Championship block play with a 4-2 score. Today we play the Irish, which will be a really big game as explained below.
USA v. Sweden
Our play today was solid, but not spectacular. Ben, Danny and David were solid in winning their singles matches. Our doubles teams split, with Ben/Sherif winning their match but Danny/David losing their match. The highlight in doubles was when Ben made hoop 9 from the boundary line with a two bounce jump shot that took us to 5-4 in game two of the doubles.
Taking a scan through the scores rolling in and James Hopgood (ENG), Stephen Forster (AUS) and Stephen Mulliner (ENG) are the first to move into the Sweet 16. By ranking, those went as expected with the Forster (#25) vs Soo (#27) being a bit of a toss up.
Interesting challenges out there include #116 Sam Murray of Scotland winning game one again #12 Gavin Carter (ENG) 26-1. Carter came back in game two 26-0 and the now move to the decider.
#52 Danny Huneycutt (USA) took game one against #9 James Death (ENG) 26tp-24. They are still working through game two.
#13 Ben Rothman (USA) and #42 Jose Riva (ESP) and tied and going to a game three. Rothman took the first game 26-10, then Riva came back 26tp-21.
#76 Stephen Morgan (USA) and #10 Samir Patel (ENG are also going to game three. Patel took game one 26-14 and Morgan came back in game two with a 26-0 win.
Huneycutt has pulled it off. He takes out Death 26tp-24, 26-20. Riva takes out Rothman 10-26, 26tp-21, 26tp-0.
Day three had a flurry of action at the 2016 WCF Association World Championship and you can see below a few tiebreakers will be on deck. Block F and Block H have interesting unfinished game scenarios. In Block F, Ian Lines (ENG) can avoid a tiebreaker playoff with Ted Salter (AUS) if he can finish with a win over