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Entries in Paul Bennett (14)

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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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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Friday
Mar042016

US AC Nationals Final Four

RANCHO MIRAGE, CA -- The USCA National Association Rules Championship has narrowed down to Stuart Lawrence, Doug Grimsley, Brian Cumming and David Maloof. The quarterfinal action had Stuart Lawrence over Mike Todorovich 26tp-0, 26-18. Doug Grimsley took out Jim Hanks 26-0, 26tp-10. Brian Cumming worked past Paul Bennett 26tp-9, 0-26tp, 26-23, while David Maloof beat Sherif Abdelwahab 26tp-0, 26-18.

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Tuesday
Mar012016

Morning Coffee: US AC Nationals Rolls Out

The USCA Association Rules National Championships is underway at Mission Hills Croquet Club in Rancho Mirage, California. The event started yesterday and runs through Saturday, March 5, 2016. The participating player list is to the right and you can follow the tournament at croquetscores.com/2016/ac/usca-national-championship.

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Wednesday
Jan072015

Croquet Poll: 2014 US Player of the Year

Updated on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 06:47AM by Registered CommenterDylan

With Jeff Soo and Ben Rothman battling to a tie with three US national titles each in 2014, we thought we would start the year off by letting the readers vote in the first annual Croquet Network US Player of the Year Poll to get the people's choice. We're also including any player that gained a USCA national title in 2014 along with some of the top finishers in the 2014 USCA Grand Prix, so you have plenty of options to vote for the best performance:

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Tuesday
Jan062015

Morning Coffee: Soo Claims 2014 Grand Prix

TIGHT GP RACE FOR 2014: With 2014 in the books, that brings another USCA Grand Prix to a close. The standings show that Jeff Soo edged out Ben Rothman with 22,225 points to Rothman's 19,515. Based on Rothman's three national titles (USCA Singles, GC Singles and GC Doubles) versus Soo's two titles (AC Singles and USCA Doubles), it could again spell controversy for the USCA which uses the Grand Prix to select the USCA Player of the Year.

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Sunday
Apr132014

U.S. AC Championship for Soo

Updated on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 07:07AM by Registered CommenterDylan

RANCHO MIRAGE, CA -- Jeff Soo beat Ben Rothman 26tp-9, 26tpo-14 to claim his first U.S. AC National Singles title yesterday at the Mission Hills Croquet Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Jeff Soo advanced over Paul Bennett 26-11, 26-21, to earn his place in the final. Rothman had a 9-26, 26tp-1, 26-20otp win over Brian Cumming to make the final. That match ended a streak of 24 straight triples that broke a 2007 record of 20.

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