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Entries in Rich Curtis (11)

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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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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Thursday
May052016

2016 USCA Croquet News Volume 1, Web Edition

The 2016 Volume 1 issue of the USCA's Croquet News magazine mailed in April and should be arriving in member's mailboxes soon. Today, the web edition PDF is also now available to USCA members on the magazine page of the USCA website. A few of the highlights include:

USCA PRESIDENT'S ROUNDTABLE
In this feature, I held an email roundtable discussion with current USCA President Johnny Mitchell and recent presidents Eugene Young and Rich Curtis. The discussion touched on a range of topics around current USCA challenges and the future vision. Excerpt:

"Promoting the sport is an entirely different issue. I know that all those who are involved in croquet truly have a passion for it and have a hard time understanding why more don’t play. Yes, we have seen pockets of expansion. North Carolina is a good example of this, but I feel it is not as easy as just trying to follow that model. Each area of the country is unique. What works in one may not be effective in another. Development is dependent on having local support. No matter where or who you may sell the idea of croquet to, unless some local support or the drive to keep it going is there, it just won’t work."
--Johnny Mitchell

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Thursday
Sep242015

Morning Coffee: Get Paid to Write About Croquet

The University of British Columbia has announced an annual prize of $1000 to the the best research paper on a subject featured in the Tremaine Arkley Croquet Collection held at the UBC Library. The Tremaine Arkley Croquet Collection was donated to UBC in 2011 by Tremaine and Gail Arkley and it includes fine art from the 1850s to present. The collection includes oil paintings, watercolours, etchings, illustrations and other pieces of original fine art as well as photographs, prints, books, advertisements, comics and other materials related to croquet.

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Thursday
Oct022014

Jeff Soo Chasing Number Six

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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Sunday
Oct212012

Rothman Reigns Again

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:

Wednesday
Feb102010

Croquet Search Trends (January 2010)

Here is the January list for hottest trending croquet keywords that hit CroquetNetwork.com last month:

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