Golf Croquet Nationals were cancelled. Low turnout took the blame for a last minute tournament change this August. So instead of the sticky heat in North Carolina, Golf Croquet aficionados assembled in Rancho Mirage for a Southern California winter experience. The USCA managed to resurrect the tournament at the same venue of the record breaking 2010 competition.
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The 24th annual U.S. Open was played last week at the Mission Hills Croquet Club in Rancho Mirage, CA. The event was organized and run by Rory Kelly, the current USCA American Rules doubles champion. Rory did an incredible job with this event.
Just in time for the holidays, Issue #12 of Croquet Network Magazine has mailed and should have hit most North American mailboxes over the weekend. It's a good one featuring an in-depth interview with new GC World Champion Mark McInerney that you won't want to miss.
In the Championship Doubles, Danny Huneycutt and Rich Lamm beat Ron Hendry and I two-games to none to advance into the Finals. It's never fun to lose, but losing to great players and true gentlemen like Danny and Rich sure softens the blow.
More clouds, brisk wind and cold in croquet paradise. Hey, isn't this the desert? When is the weather going to get nice. The winds are really bad for people that cast, like myself. My mallet is buffeted so much by the wind that I can see the shaft going back and forth as I follow-through. It is no fluke that I played my best games in the morning and late afternoon, when the wind was calm or light, and my worst games in the height of the gusts. Excuses, excuses.
As nice as yesterday was in croquet paradise, it was nasty, gloomy and windy today. The heavy winds that wreaked havoc in the Los Angeles area yesterday are not as bad, but they are still bad enough to buffet your mallet when you are swinging for a long clear. Paradise lost, if only for a few days. Another example that when playing in a tournament, expect the unexpected.
November is well under way and the U.S. now has a new national champion for the deadness game while in Australia the young Fletcher crew has become quite a force. I have to say though, I'm most happy this morning because our newest family member let me sleep in until 4:30 a.m. Hooray for sleep! Here's your weekly dose--
HUNEYCUTT IS U.S. CHAMP: Danny Huneycutt won his first U.S. Rules title with a +24, -24, 20-10 win over Jeff Soo. Britt Ruby and Rory Kelly took the doubles title with a win over Brian Cumming and Ben Rothman 19-10. In first flight action, Steve Mossbrook took the title with a 17-5 win over Mary Rodeberg.
November is kicking off strong with the USCA American Rules Nationals and Australian Open both now in progress. Details below point to how you can follow the U.S. event. So far, I haven't found much on updates for the event down under. Here's your latest news from the croquet scene--
USCA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: The USCA National Championship is under way at Mission Hills Croquet Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Finals are scheduled for Saturday and your can catch updates on the event in the Americas Forum on Croquet World Online or on the USCA's Twitter page--
This week the USCA's Nine-Wicket National Championship will be played in the Kansas City metro (Shawnee, Kansas). As usual, Croquet Network will post short reports and daily photos from the event so be sure and tune in Friday through Sunday to follow the action.
Robert Fulford won the CA Selection Eights. Photos and summary are on the CA webite. Final standings in the forum--
The murder of WCF President Charles Jones in Thailand last week is still the news that haunts the croquet world. There was an update in that a suspect has been arrested. In the meantime, there has only been a short statement released on the WCF website and I suspect the shock of such an event has everyone a bit paralyzed. After all, there is very little precedent for such an event in sports. And perhaps, a moment of quiet is what is best for the croquet world. Despite the fact that I never knew Charles, the international club of croquet creates a bond and I know that players across the world were saddened by this senseless loss.
Okay, we've got to take a little time out this morning to talk about a bold move on the croquet media scene. This weekend I was checking out digital editions of back issues for Croquet Network on the Yudu site. When I did a search for croquet, I detected a beautiful new croquet magazine delivered through my same host at no charge to readers. And in fact, it was immediately clear that this new magazine was superior in content and design to Croquet Network. But wait, it's not new. It was the venerable old Croquet Gazette produced by the Croquet Association. Further research indicates that the Croquet Association has made the Gazette a marketing initiative and has hired
The United States beat Great Britain 13-8 at the 2011 Solomon Trophy, held June 28 – July 1 at the Hamptworth Golf & Country Club in Wiltshire, England. Having won the match for the first time ever in 2009 at Mission Hills, Team USA’s first Solomon win on British soil is also its first successful defense of the Trophy.