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CFA Postpones HOF Induction Ceremony

Due to the extraordinary increase in COVID cases throughout the country, including a highly significant degree of breakthrough cases in vaccinated individuals, especially here in Florida, the U.S. Croquet Hall of Fame event scheduled for November 12, 2021 is being postponed. We believe it will be much safer for all to hold this event at a later date in the Spring of 2022, so we selected Friday, February 18th during the CFA’s Steuber Classic Benefit Tournament at the NCC. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause.
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The Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club is sponsoring a croquet camp for women on September 13 -17, 2021. Open only to women, all participants will receive a combination of personal and group instruction and participate in coached and uncoached game play.

Coaching will focus on the fundamentals of good shot making and strategies for both Golf Croquet and American 6-Wicket. One-on-one instruction will be personalized for each player.

Cost is $200 per person and entries are limited.

--Macey White, Chesapeake Bay Croquet Pro

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NEFCC FALL AMERICAN RULES OPEN

The NEFCC Fall American Rules Open will be held September 25-26, 2021, and is sponsored by Northeast Florida Croquet Club, LLC promoting USCA tournament play in the Northeast Florida Region. The Ponte Vedra Croquet Club, Ponte Vedra, FL is hosting the tournament on 6 of their 7 lawns. Space will be limited to 24 players so get your entry in early. If we get lawn 7 opened back-up, we will take an additional 4 players.

  • Venue: The Ponte Vedra Croquet Club, 100 Mosquito Control Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

  • Day one will be doubles with 4-5 rounds to get familiar with the lawns.

  • Day two will be singles with 4-5 rounds.

  • A practice area will be open after 3 pm Friday and at 7:30 am on both Saturday and Sunday before play starts.

  • This is a USCA sanctioned croquet tournament. The American Rules Championships are October 6-8, 2021. This is a great event to keep your game in shape for the AR National Championship.

  • Website: https://www.pontevedracroquetclub.com/

For more info contact: Bill Simmons Tournament Director (hotel info by request),  Email nefloridacroquetclubllc@gmail.com net

 

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Abdelwahab Wins $2,000 Prize at PCA Championship

9446604099?profile=RESIZE_584xSherif Abdelwahab (kneeling on far left) earns his Professional Croquet Association Golden Jacket and $2000 by winning the 2021 PCA Golf Croquet Tour Championship at Green Gables earlier this month.

FULL RESULTS

Twenty-seven top players faced off in the Pro Tour event.  Twelve were tour qualified pro's who started play on Friday and 15 were not yet qualified players who started play  Thursday in an attempt to play into the pro tournament and qualify for the tour.  When the dust settled Thursday evening, Nine new players had earned a spot on the PCA Pro Tour.  These new tour qualified players (in Golf Croquet) are:

  • Justin Fields
  • Ned Sperry
  • Marc Stearns
  • Tate Russack
  • Phil Emond
  • Dennis Leddy
  • Carl Archiniaco
  • Karen Leoncavallo
  • Sue Emond

These players earned a tour card and will remain eligible for GC Tour play for a minimum of four years.

The money round knockout started on Friday with a few surprises. Ned Sperry defeated Tate Russack, Ahab Dincer and Justin Berbig only to lose to Bo Prillaman in the semi-finals.  New-comer Dennis Leddy was a powerful player, defeating Marc Stearns two straight and taking Macey White to the third game where Macey pulled out a narrow victory with a clean hoop shot on the tie-breaker from the boundary.  White lost to Sherif Abdelwahab in a well-contested match with battles at most hoops featuring many long clearing shots.  Bo Prillaman and Sherif Abdelwahab faced off in the finals in the rain on Sunday.  The sidelines were full of fellow tournament players who stayed for the finals and local players who came in to see the great players duel it out.  In the end, Sherif Abdelwahab prevailed with a 7-4, 7-1 victory to take the title, the Golden Jacket and a $2,000 check for first place.  Bo Prillaman won $1000 for second place.  Everyone in the tournament went home with prize money, even if in some cases it was only $1.

Ahab Dincer, Cami Russack, Marc Stearns and Cheryl Bromley faced off in the plate semis.  Ahab defeated Marc 7-3, 7-4 and Cheryl defeated Cami 7-4, 7-5.  Ahab Dincer defeated Cheryl Bromley in the plate finals 7-5, 7-1.

Special thanks go to Tom Cooper and the Green Gables club who hosted this event.

The PCA is now working on the 2022 Pro Tour schedule.  We all look for an exciting PCA Pro tour in 2022.

--Macey White, PCA President

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The Lenox Croquet Club is happy to introduce a new American Six-Wicket tournament designed specifically for players new to tournament competition with a handicap of 10 up to 20.  The event will be held September 17-19, 2021 at the Lenox Croquet Club – Lenox, Massachusetts. The timing of this event leading into fall and after tourist season has ended makes the ideal timing.  Depending on the number of entrants will determine the number of flights or format.  This is a Singles only tournament.

Practice is available Thursday September 16th from noon to dusk.  We will have an opening reception around 4pm, registration and schedules will be distributed.  Everyone will receive a tournament favor to remember your experience here in the Berkshires.  Starting time for games will be about 9am.

We are projecting 3 to 4 games per day.  This may be modified depending on number of entrants.

Daily we will provide early morning coffee and light breakfast.  Lunch choice of sandwiches and various salads.  Toast& Tally end of play each day with wine, beer and snacks. Open evening to dine or sleep as you choose. On Sunday after finals we will have our traditional BBQ of hamburger, hot dogs and fixings.

The awards presentation will give recognition to First Place and Runner-up trophies for each flight.

The tournament entrance fee will be $195 per player and $55 for guest who will enjoy all the food and social events.

Please respond no later than September 1st, 2021 so final details can be made to accommodate everyone. 

You can email your registration with check to follow or mail both payable to Lenox Croquet Club, mail to: 31 Brunswick St., Pittsfield, MA 01201. Questions call 413-443-4957 or email: drekstrom@hotmail.com.

--David Ekstrom, President and Tournament Manager, Webster Bull, Tournament director and Referee

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2021 USCA Midwest Regional

Members of the USCA are invited to register for participation in the 2021 Midwest Regional to be held September 3-6, 2021. This year's event will be hosted by the Tulas Croquet Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma and will be American Rules with both singles and doubles in multiple flights. There will be daily lunches and beverages along with a courtside BBQ as well as a tournament dinner. Please join us for this memorable event.

Website: https://tulsacroquetclub.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TulsaCroquetClub/ 

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USCA Seniors Masters: Nov 10-14

 
Members of the USCA are invited to participate in the Seniors Masters Tournament November 10-14, 2021 at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, FL. To participate as a Senior you must be 60 years old by the beginning of the tournament or as a Master, 70 years old. Play will be in multiple flights with both singles and doubles. Flights will be based on participant's handicap.
 
Included with your entry will be an opening reception on Tuesday, November 9, A daily beverage station, daily continental breakfast, and daily lunches. On Friday, November 12th, the CFA and USCA will host the Hall of Fame Gala which Tournament participants will receive a discounted rate. We hope that you will join us for this popular event.
 
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Croquet Returns to Buffalo

After COVID Canceled the Delaware Park Tournament Last Year, Top Players To Compete Again This August

Like much of America that took a yearlong hiatus for the coronavirus pandemic, Buffalo’s prominent croquet tournament that draws top players from around the country will return this summer.

The Buffalo Croquet Club 5th Annual 6-Wicket Invitational will take place the first week of August in Delaware Park. While the tournament is only open to invited competitive players who pay $250 entry fees, the public is invited to watch the rather unusual sport that conjures up antique images of high society.

Players are still required to wear all white attire, and while the atmosphere can be rather hushed at times, Tournament Director Ryan Thompson says that the players really enjoy impressing and sometimes confounding the spectators.

“Specifically American-rules croquet can be an oddly intriguing sport to witness, often compared to chess on a lawn,” Thompson said. “But yes, it tends to be a mostly quiet environment to allow players to think and shoot, with quite a few screams and swear words uttered after some shots.”

The sport, popularized through 19th century paintings and Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland,” appears to be on the upswing here in the Queen City, and unlike any other sport, it pits men and women, old and young, even those with physical disabilities, against each other on equal terms.

“In some ways, it’s the ultimate sport of equity,” Thompson said. “I saw a great match a few years ago between a 10-year-old boy and a 90-year-old woman. It tends to be a sport of great etiquette, but is also quite merciless. No one takes it easy on anyone. And your opponent is always holding back a smile when you make a mistake.”

There are three levels (or flights) of competitive play for this year’s tournament, with both singles and doubles games. The tournament begins 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, under the lights adjacent to the Buffalo Olmsted Park Conservancy lodge on Parkside Avenue. Playoffs, and the finals take place on that Sunday morning and afternoon.

Many players arrive in Buffalo several days before the event to take in some of the local sights and tourist attractions. This year there will be travelers from Massachusetts, Florida and Kansas City – but due to border restrictions, the usual top players from Toronto and Canada cannot attend.

Some of this year’s favorites to win the bronze buffalo trophy include Hall of Famer Rich Curtis, Englishman Chris Patmore, and the two-time reigning champion Tim Rapuano.

What: Buffalo Croquet Club 5th Annual 6-Wicket Invitational

WhenThursday, Aug. 5 (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) Under the lights!

Friday, Aug. 6 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Saturday, Aug. 7 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Sunday, Aug. 8 (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Where: Delaware Park croquet courts, adjacent to Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, 84 Parkside Ave., near Scajaquada Expressway, Route 198. 

Cost: Free for public to spectate

Contact: Ryan Thompson, (716) 697-4111, thompson77@gmail.com

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2021 PFC HoopMaker Masters at Chesapeake Bay


A PCA Champions Tour American 6-Wicket Event

Date: April 30 - May 2

Location: Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club, Hartfield, Virginia

Entry Fee: $250

Prizes: PFC HoopMaker has donated $2000 to the purse.  With reasonable turnout, the prize money will be $6000 or more with $3000 or more going to the winner.  Of course all players get a payout.  2nd gets $1500, 3rd gets $750 4th gets $375 ...

Meals and Social: This is a no-frills tournament.  Beverages are provided.  Club will take lunch orders as a service to the players.  There will be organized social activities every evening.

Rules: This will be a modified Swiss Format singles tournament.  Win-or-lose players will have scheduled games everyday.  Play will be governed by American 6-Wicket "Advanced Play" experimental rules.  We will follow standard USCA rules with several advanced rule additions.  Rules are outlined on the entry form.

Players: This tour event is open to all American 6-Wicket PCA Champions Tour qualified players and the best players in the country will be there.  Please see the PCA website for the tour eligibility list and tour eligibility requirements.

www.professionalcroquetassociation.com

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USCA Southeastern Region Annual Report

What a year!  Here is to hoping that 2021 will be far better than 2020.  COVID is still with us so please continue to wear a mask and social distance.  It would be a shame to get the virus now, with a vaccine just a short wait away.  Personally, I will continue to play a COVID safe form of croquet, wear a face mask, stay 6 feet away from everyone I don't live with and avoid the stores as much as I can.
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WCF New Championship Dates for 2021-22

Following the one-year postponement of events due to COVID-19 restrictions, the World Croquet Federation (WCF) has adjusted the 10-year schedule and there are now confirmed dates for all the events in 2021 and 2022.

GC World Team Championship Tier 3

Dates:   Tuesday to Saturday | July 20-24, 2021

Venue:  Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club, England

GC World Team Championship Tier 2

Dates:   Monday to Saturday | October 11-16, 2021

Venue:  Real Club de Golf Vista Hermosa, Sherry Club and Real Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club, all of which are near Cadiz in southern Spain.

Women’s Association Croquet World Championship

Dates:   Wednesday to Wednesday | January 5-12, 2022

Venue:  Christchurch, New Zealand

Under 21 Golf Croquet World Championship

Dates:   Sunday to Thursday | February 6-10, 2022

Venue:  Claudelands, Hamilton East and Morrinsville Croquet Clubs, New Zealand

Golf Croquet World Championship

Dates:   Saturday to Sunday | February 12-20, 2022

Venue:  Croquet Mount Maunganui, Matamata, Tauranga and Whatakane Croquet Clubs, New Zealand

Association Croquet World Team Championships, Tiers 2 and 3

Dates:   Tuesday to Sunday | August 9-14, 2022

Venue:  Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club, England

The WCF has noted that all these arrangements are subject to the state of the pandemic and any restrictions placed on travel or overseas entry to the relevant countries.  The WCF Management Committee is keeping the situation under review and will make an announcement about each event approximately six months before it is due to be held.

The plans for events in 2023 and 2024 are available at https://worldcroquet.org/index.php/world-championships/10-year-championship-schedule. Members will be consulted shortly with a revised plan for 2025-2030 accommodating a MacRobertson Shield in 2025.

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The Pro Croquet Tour is Off to a Great Start!

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Matthew Essick joins the Pro Croquet Golden Jacket club by winning the 2020 PCA AC event at Chesapeake Bay. Zack Watson on the left came in second with tournament director Macey White in the middle

The first-ever Pro Croquet Tour event was held as an Association Croquet tournament at the Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club on October 22-25.
 
25 players from all over the US came to try to be the first-ever PCA Association Croquet Pro Tour Champion.  When the dust settled, it was no surprise that National Champion Matthew Essick went home with the winning check and the gold jacket.
 
This event was a replacement for the USCA’s Selection Eights tournament which was canceled.  Immediately following the USCA’s canceling of the 2020 Selection Eights, the best players in the country asked the Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club to host the event.  Club president, John Priest, and the CBCC board of directors agreed to hold a replacement sanctioned by the Professional Croquet Association (PCA). 
 
Since this was a replacement for the Eight’s, the PCA modified it slightly from the standard PCA format to give the players what they wanted.  First, this event was open to everyone and not just the tour qualified players, as is the Eights tournament.  A few brave novices entered, like Pat Richmond from New Jersey who played in this event as her first-ever Association Croquet tournament.  Pat did well and each game was an education with new skills, tactics and rules learned.  Pat improved so much that she ended her tournament play by almost upsetting Rick Darnell in a close 11-14 finish.  Adam Lassiter also played tournament AC for the first time but Adam is by no means a novice and was positioned in the second Eight and advanced to the second round of the knockout.
 
The second modification from the standard PCA format is that players played eights style games while not in the knockout for the money prizes.  Eights style means that the top eight players (based on World Federation grades) play each other and the second eight play each other and the third eight... 
 
All players started the tournament in a round of 32 bracket-style knockout.  This means that everyone in the tournament had a chance to play for the big money.  Not just the best players.  In addition, players in the lower eights had a chance to show they were better than their grades.  Not surprisingly, some players did well and proved that they were better than their WCF grades.  In the first-round, Rick Darnell, a 3rd Eight player beat his 2nd Eight opponent to advance to the second round.  In the second-round upsets continued with 2nd Eight Macey White defeating 1st Eight Jim Bast,  2nd Eight Shane Hettler defeated 1st Eight Dan Pailas and 2nd Eight Chris Barley defeated 1st Eight Tom Balding.  Macey lost the 3rd round to tournament winner Matthew Essick and Shane lost to Zack Watson.  Chris won his third-round match against 1st Flight powerhouse, Stephen Morgan only to lose to the 2nd place finisher, Zack Watson in the semis.  The finals were Zack Watson from Virginia vs Matthew Essick from North Carolina. The final game was moved to Saturday to avoid a rainstorm that came in Saturday evening and lingered through Sunday.  The final was a high-level, low mistake croquet battle between Zack and Matthew.  Matthew prevailed in two straight and was presented with the Golden Jacket (every PCA Tour Event winner is presented with a gold jacket on their first tour win) and Matthew received the winners share of the prize money, a check for $1500.  Zack won $750 and each succeeding place won half as much as the place before.  Everyone in the tournament received a check for their portion of the prize money ($3000).
 
Matches in the knockout were best two of three with an eight-hour time limit. Matches in the eights portion of the tournament were single 3-hour games.  Games played against fellow eights players in the knockout were also counted in the eights.   This made blending the money knockout with the eights a little easier.
 
Leading women's player, Sandra Knuth, won the 3rd Eight followed closely by Calvert Chaney and Rodney Lassiter.  The 2nd Eight was a tie between Mike Taylor and Chris Barley.  The 1st Eight was won by Matthew Essick and Sherif Abdelwahab came in second.
 
Even though this was a no-frills tournament, the event had three dinners.  On Wednesday, opening night festivities included a players meeting and a dinner on the grill with an open bar (actually there was an open bat all week).  Saturday night was a tidewater country feast with steamed crabs, southern fried chicken and pulled pork,  Friday night was a Dutch treat dinner from a local restaurant that fed everyone during our PCA business meeting.  The PCA is an open structured organization and all players are invited to attend the PCA meetings.  The goals, plans and operating guidelines are on the PCA website for everyone to see.  It was decided that the PCA will schedule at least 4 events for next year, 2021 and the entry fee will be raised slightly to increase the payout to players.  The new model for entry fees is $250 with $150 of that going to the purse, $75 going to the host club and the remaining $25 paying expenses incurred by the PCA.  A schedule for 2021 PCA events will come out soon and here is what we are planning at this point:

  • A late winter event in Florida (venue to be determined),
  • An American 6-Wicket (Advanced Rules) tournament at Chesapeake Bay on April 30 - May 2 (date and venue are confirmed)
  • An AC event at Pinehurst - tentatively scheduled for June 5 - 7.
  • A GC event in July (venue TBD)
Mixed in with these PCA tour events wlll be several tour qualifying tournaments.  The 2021 PCA events are planned to be 3-day tournaments with a modified Swiss format.

 
2020 PCA PRO Tour AC Event - Money Round Finishing Order

1    Matthew Essick
2    Zack Watson
3    Sherif Abdelwahab
3    Chris Barley
5     Macey White
5     Shane Hettler
5     Danny Huneycutt
5     Stephen Morgan
9     Tom Balding
9     Jim Bast
9     Rick Darnell
9     Lee Jorde
9     Adam Lassiter
9     Rodney Lassiter
9     Dan Pailas
9     Mike Taylor
17   Rob Byrd
17   Calvert Chaney
17   Jay Hughes
17   Thomas Hughes
17   Karin Karel
17   Sandra Knuth
17   Bo Prillaman
17   Pat Richmond
17  Steve Thurston

1st Eight Finishing Order                                      
1    Matthew Essick                                                                           
2    Sherif Abdelwahab                                                                    
3    Dan Pailas                                                                                 
4    Zack Watson                                                                           
4    Stephen Morgan                                                                         
6    Tom Balding                                                                                    
7    Danny Huneycutt                                                                     
7    Jim Bast     

2nd Eight Finishing Order     
1   Chris Barley
1    Mike Taylor
3    Shane Hettler
4    Adam Lassiter
4    Jay Hughes
6    Lee Jorde
7    Tom Hughes

3rd Eight Finishing Order 
1    Sandy Knuth
2    Rodney Lassiter
2    Calvert Chaney
4    Rick Darnell
4    Rob Byrd
6    Steve Thurston
7    Bo Prillaman
8    Karin Karel                
9    Pat Richmond

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USCA 2020 AGM Letter

In a few weeks we will hold the USCA Annual General Meeting — Saturday, March 21 at the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. At this meeting we review formally the state of the Association and entertain questions and suggestions from the membership. Of course, we invite your suggestions and questions all year long, just as we continue to evaluate the USCA position, but, again, this is the formal and legal date of the meeting.
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RVP Nominations Open: FLA, Midwest and West

The USCA has announced three Regional Vice Presidential positions up for re-election.

· Midwest Regional Vice President
· Western Regional Vice President
· Florida Regional Vice President

If you or someone you know would like to be considered for nomination to the position of USCA Regional Vice President in the Midwest, Western, or Florida Region, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair, Lucille Maresca at (561) 626-5156 or email maresca26@msn.com by November 18, 2019. The RVP elections will be held at the 2020 Annual General Meeting.

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