Jeff Soo certainly has his name all over the USCA Champion's page. In fact, he currently holds five National American Rules titles in both singles (2013, 2008, 2005, 2002, 2000) and doubles (2013, 2008, 2002, 2001, 1999). When the balls roll out for the 2014 USCA American Rules Croquet National Championships to be held October 5-11 at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, Soo will be on the cusp of an unprecedented achievement in US croquet.
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After initially launching as a 40-player event, Danny Huneycutt announced yesterday that the USCA's Selection Eights event will add a sixth eight and include 48 players. The current list of players and waiting list follows. Each group is in order by the Selection Committee ranking. If any players opt out, players will be promoted to the next group by rank.
Jim Bast submitted the following story from the 2014 MacRobertson Shield:
Danny and I were in a doubles match against Paddy Chapman and Chris Clarke of New Zealand at the United Club in Christchurch. My ball was near hoop four and it was our turn to play. After consideration of multiple options it was clear to us that I had to shoot at the opponents’ balls near hoop three.
If you haven't dialed into the USCA Grand Prix race lately, you might be in for a bit of a surprise. Danny Huneycutt currently has 30,418 points to lead the race while Ben Rothman has second place with 27,280 points. That should change slightly as the Association Doubles National Championship results have not yet been submitted and Rothman took a win there with partner Doug Grimsley. However, it's unclear whether or not that would actually bump Rothman into first.
RANCHO MIRAGE -- As the number one ranked player in the US, Ben Rothman certainly has his name all over the USCA Champion's page. In fact, he is currently in possession of all six major singles and doubles national titles for the USCA. But when the balls roll out for the 2013 USCA American Rules Croquet National Championship to be held November 11-17 at the Mission Hills
Now that the ACWC has concluded the croquet world can turn all attention on the upcoming MacRobertson Shield World Team Championship which will roll out the balls in December in New Zealand. Line-ups for the Big 4 have been announced and presented below is a selective breakdown of stats pulled from croquetrecords.com on August 29.
The USCA Selection Committee has announced the following team to represent the USA in the upcoming World Team Championship for the MacRobertson Shield:
Ben Rothman took his second singles title in USCA's American Rules National championship today with a 26-10, 26-7 win over Danny Huneycutt. On the doubles side, Rothman and partner Brian Cumming defeated Rich Curtis and Doug Grimsley 26-2 to win the doubles title.
Rothman last won the U.S. rules single title in 2010, the same year that he won the GC National Championship. That double championship accomplishment in 2010 put him in the same club as Mik Mehas who won the American Rules and Association USCA titles in 1998.
Here's how I think the final bracket worked out. Rothman and Huneycutt came from the winner's side:
Wassink knocked out Mead 16-10 Abdelwahab knocked out Quimby 20-9 Ruby knocked out Bennett 16-7 Cumming knocked out Brackett 26-5
Rothman beat Osborn 26-13 Osborn plays Wassink or Abdelwahab. Huneycutt beat Smith 26-2 Smith plays Cumming or Ruby
Evidently, there is a loser's bracket that works back in here. I won't speculate on that, but here is how the winner's side looks:
Getting word now that this bracket may not be valid ... it appears that there may be a loser bracket that plays back in.
Twenty-nine of the United States best six-wicket croquet players will go to battle next week in the USCA
American Rules Croquet National Championship to be held at the National Croquet Center in West Palm
Beach, Florida. The event runs October 15-21 and will be the 36th edition of the USCA National
BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC -- They left no doubt this time around. A 4-0 performance on Day Three returned the Solomon Trophy to the British team and erased U.S. hopes of a potential comeback on the final day. David Maugham claimed the test winning peg in a +22 win in game two with partner Marcus Evans over
The USA will attempt to retain the Solomon Trophy against Great Britain October 10-13. The Bald Head Island Croquet Club in North Carolina will be hosting the event. The following team has been selected:
Today, my spring disaster tour officially came to an end. There were some high heights and some low depths. But more lessons were learned, mostly about expectations.