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Entries in Brian Cumming (41)

Friday
Apr072017

Soo #05: AC Nationals Down to Four

Ian HarshmanIn the singles quarterfinals, Danny Huneycutt's uncharacteristically shaky form continued, which allowed me to win 2-0. Dan Pailas gave plenty of fight but likewise went down 2-0 to Stuart Lawrence. Brian Cumming v. Chris Patmore opened with a quick Cumming triple, but Patmore fought back with an extended 3-ball ending and leveled the match. The third game was more error-prone, Cumming winning. Simon Jenkins v. Stephen Morgan had some similarities, particularly in the error-prone game 3. Morgan survived, ending an impressive run by Jenkins, who had started the singles blocks 0-4.

The singles plate is underway as a flexible Swiss. Jim Bast and Wayne Davies are undefeated.

The pegged-down doubles match had to wait for the end of the Jenkins v. Morgan quarterfinal, leaving just over an hour to play. The match has once again been pegged down in game 2, and will resume first thing Friday.

Jeff Soo vs Stuart Lawrence
Brian Cumming vs Stephen Morgan

2017 USCA AC Nationals Singles Knockout:
croquetscores.com/2017/ac/us-national-championship/singles-ko 

Wednesday
Apr052017

Soo #03: Tiebreakers Dead Ahead

Mike TaylorWhile there were some faster games today, there were still plenty of games going to time, including a 14-11 barn-burner in which Jenkins played Aunt Emma tactics to beat Pailas. Pailas has now beaten the top four seeds in his block but lost to two of the lower-ranked players; he can guarantee a spot in the knockout by winning his final game. A four-way tie for second place remains possible in this block. As does a four-way tie for fourth place. Which could also happen in the other block. The manager rather hopes that none of these scenarios transpires. But it does look highly likely that playoff games will be needed to determine the Elite Eight.

Some key matches for the final block games:

Huneycutt v. Lawrence: Lawrence is already in the KO; Huneycutt needs a win, or a loss from Bast.

Bast v. Osborn: An Osborn win and a Huneycutt loss creates at least a three-way tie for fourth in Block A

Patmore v. Morgan: Morgan is already in; Patmore assures himself a spot by winning

Cumming v. Taylor: Taylor desperately wants a win, although even with a loss he could still make a playoff

Jenkins v. Harshman: Jenkins still has an outside chance to make a playoff with a win; Harshman can guarantee at least a playoff spot with a win

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
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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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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Thursday
Oct202016

Video: Cumming vs Hurst - 2016 Country Boys

Country Boys AC croquet tournament on the lawns of Danny Huneycutt and Steve Summer near Winston Salem, North Carolina.  Block play game between Brian Cumming and Robert Hurst on Danny's lawn. There's a lot of back and forth, some the result of the substantial "character" of the lawn and some not.

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