The 2019 States Shield SE QualiferTournament was hosted by the Tega Cay Croquet Club (http://www.tegacaycroquet.com/home.html) and sponsored by the Croquet Network website. The Croquet Network States Shield is a sanctioned USCA event and all singles games count in the WCF world rankings. However, the event is not a USCA managed event.
There were 14 players from four states. The State Teams were:
North Carolina - Jeff Soo (Team Director), Matthew Essick. Peter Carlin, Rob Byrd
South Carolina – Damon Bidencope (Team Director), Simon Jenkins, Robert Hurst
Georgia – Jimmy Huff (Team Director), Kent Lovvorn, Roy Gee
Florida – Chris Barley (Team Director), David Maloof, Gene Raymond, Jim Teel.
There were four matches played on Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9, 2019 on the Tega Cay single croquet court..
On Saturday (National Croquet Day), they played two matches consisting of 18 games from 9 am to 8 pm. The North Carolina Team defeated the South Carolina Team 6 to 2 and the Florida Team defeated the Georgia Team 6 to 4. There was very little rain all day until the last game but there were no rain delays.
On Sunday, the first two games were played under heavy showers but the players put on their rain gear and never stopped playing. The rest of the games were played under fairly dry conditions with only a few brief showers. In the first match, the Florida Team defeated the North Carolina Team 8 to 2 to win the Southeast Regional Tournament and advance to the National Shield Tournament in August. (https://croquet.ning.com/News/states-shield-expands-to-12). In the Sunday afternoon match, the Georgia and South Carolina Teams played three games and then called it a day because of other commitments and their long drive home. There were thirteen games played on Sunday between 9 am and 4 pm and there were no rain delays. A summary of the games and match scores are listed on the Croquet Scores website. (https://croquetscores.com/2019/gc/croquet-network-southeast-states-shield-quad/summary)
The players all complimented the condition of the court. The special Quadway Hoops (http://www.terminatormallets.co.nz/Quadway.htm) used during the Tournament were loaned to the Club by Simon Jenkins. The court drained exceptionally well during the few showers that we had over the two days. The ball fences worked well and were really needed.
The Tournament Directors were Damon Bidencope and Alan Bensch.
Article by Terry Hunt, TCCC Presidnt and Tournament Manager