2020 TCCC Junior Singles Golf Croquet Tournament
On August 17, six of our Junior members played on a sandy court in the first Juniors' tournament of the year. Previously planned tournaments this year have been canceled because of restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Since May when the restrictions were relaxed, the players have been attending Junior sessions on Monday and Thursday evenings under the Club's Social Distancing Guidelines for Croquet.
The six players (in alphabetical order) were Ivy Babuder, Emma Lenhard, Flora Liutkeviciute, Caroline Maddon, Katherine Smith and Kinsley Young. The tournament was started at 6 pm and finished about 8:30 pm (under the lights) on an evening with partly cloudy skies and mild temperatures.
The tournament was played on the two smaller courts and had three games going on each round. One court was double banked with two games being played on the court at the same time. The tournament was played using the Swiss format which was new to our Club. Each of the six girls played three games each time against a different opponent. Each game lasted forty minutes. In the first round, pairings were randomly selected. In the second and third rounds, pairings were based on the record (wins and net points) from the previous rounds.
After the first two rounds, there were three players who still had a chance to win the tournament. In the third round, Emma had a strong game against Ivy and won 7 to 1. This improved her record to 2 wins and 1 loss and her net points to +5. This put her in reach of Flora who went into the third round with 2 wins, no losses and +6 net points. Flora played all three rounds with well-thought out strategies on each turn and skillful shot-making. This helped her to defeat Katherine in the third round by 6 to 3 and win the tournament undefeated.
Trophies and prizes were presented to the first and second place players, Flora Liutkeviciute and Emma Lenhard.
Tournament Director, Terry Hunt, would like to thank all of the following TCCC members who volunteered their time to make this tournament happen.
Refreshments and Decorations: Sue Offen, Sally Bennett, Marvin Bennett, Wendy Hope and Emma Lenhard
Court setup, teardown and clean up: Alan Bensch, Frank Powell (the wicket pounder), Mike Romano and several others.
Referees: Wendy Hope, George Fiegel, Marvin Bennett, Denise Hahn and Nancy Nicholson.
Timekeeper, scorekeeper and photographer: Terry Hunt
Pictures from the tournament by Terry Hunt are shown below. Left click on the pictures to see enlarged photos.
2020 Junior Holiday Session
On December 21, all nine of our current Junior players participated in a special Holiday Session under the lights on a clear and crisp Monday evening. The gazebo was decorated in colorful holiday lights and all players wore festive holiday outfits.
With nine players on the court, the Juniors were introduced to a new game called Cutthroat which is similar to Golf Croquet. We simultaneously started three matches of three players. Each match started on a different wicket. Each player played one ball and the player who scored the most wickets won their match. There was a lot of redirecting after a wicket was scored due to the matches moving along at different rates. There was good competition, lots of social discussion and plenty of laughter during the matches.
After about forty minutes of matches, we ended the session with some good old fashion holiday refreshments (cookies, muffins and hot chocolate).
Sally Bennett for planning the event,
Sue Offen for providing the refreshments,
Marvin Bennet and Alan Offen for helping decorate and set up the gazebo,
Wendy Hope, Sally Bennett and Terry Hunt for coaching during the matches and to
Caroline (CC), Catherine,Emma, Flora, Ivy, Katherine, Kinsley, Lauren and Laylah,
our Juniors who show up almost every week to play croquet.
Pictures of the tournament by Terry Hunt are shown below. Left click on the pictures to see enlarged photos.
Junior/Parent Golf Croquet Tournament
April 25, 2021
The Junior/Parent Golf Tournament was held on April 25, 2021, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. This tournament occurs annually to help the parents get familiar with the game of croquet and to thank them for transporting their Juniors to the Junior sessions and events. Eight of the Junior members participated. They were teamed with a parent of their choice in this Swiss formatted event. Each team played three games against a different team each round. The Juniors got to coach their parents on the rules and strategies of Golf Croquet. Every team played well and many exceptional shots were made by both the Juniors and the parents. There was one amazing jump shot hit by Emma Lenhard just a foot from the wicket that cleared two other balls and scored the wicket. On another shot, Lauren Fredenberg scored the first and second wickets in one shot. In croquet terminology, this rare shot is called a Chernobyl.
Most of the twelve games played were closely contested. Five of the games went to a tie-breaker shoot-out at the end of the 30 minute time limit.
At the start of the third Round, the teams of Katherine & Frank Smith and Catherine & Andrew Simpson were undefeated with two wins and played for first place in Round 3. Also, three teams could finish with two wins and possibly finish in second place based on the results of Round 3. Second place was based on the number of wins and the number of net points.
At the end of the third Round, the team of Katherine & Frank Smith finished in first place and remained undefeated. The team of Kinsley & Lane Young finished in second place with two wins and with a +4 net points score. Trophies and prizes were awarded to the first and second place teams. The theme of the tournament was springtime. The trophies contained an umbrella for April showers and May flowers.
Tournament Director, Terry Hunt, would like to thank the following for helping with the tournament:
Referees: Wendy Hope, Susan Maher, Gloria Bensch and Alan Offen.
Refreshments: Sue Offen
Trophies: George Fiegel
Clean up: Most of those listed above and Frank Smith (a parent)
And most of all, the Players:
Katherine & Frank Smith, Kinsley and Lane Young, Emma and Teri Lenhard, Catherine & Andrew Simpson, Caroline and Ben Mandon, Lauren & Bob Fredenberg, Ivy & Lindsey Babuder and Laylah Blair & Hallie Carey.
Pictures of the tournament by Terry Hunt and Gloria Bensch are shown below. Left click on the pictures to see enlarged photos.
Junior Croquet Program
Junior Croquet Events
This Club is formed to promote the sport of croquet in this community
Founded in 2008
Tega Cay Croquet Club
Blake Fields (Age 11) Wins A National Championship*
The United States Croquet Association held it's 2018 National Golf Croquet Championship on the Highlands Plateau, NC. The doubles championship was won by the team of Sherif Abdelwahab and Blake Fields. Blake is only 11 years old and set the USCA record for the youngest player to ever win a USCA national championship. Blake also tied for fifth place in the singles competition against some of the best players in the US. (*The above information and picture below are from the USCA Croquet News Magazine, 2018 Vol. 3)
Blake Fields is from the Mission Hills Croquet Club in Rancho Mirage, Ca. He is a third generation croquet player and he has been named the 2018 USCA Junior Player of the Year.
A picture from the tournament is shown below.
Left click on the picture to see an enlarged picture.
Junior/Senior Croquet Tournament
November 15, 2020
On a cloudy and windy afternoon with leaves blowing across the court, eight of our Junior members were teamed with eight of our adult members for a Golf Croquet Tournament using the Swiss format. All teams played three games against a different team each round. Each round's pairings were based on the won/loss records in the previous rounds. Most of the twelve games played were very close at the end of each game's 25-minute time limit. Four of the games came down to a tie-breaker shoot-out after the time limit expired.
The team of Katherine Smith & Denise Hahn finished undefeated and won the first place trophies and prizes. Second place was much closer. Three teams, Ivy Babuder & Michele McGuire, Lauren Fredenberg & Gloria Bensch and Emma Lenhard & Susan Maher tied with two wins each. The tie breaker (most net points scored) and the second place trophies and prizes went to Ivy & Michele with a total of two net points in their three matches. Other teams that played were Kinsley Young & Betty Anderson, Flora Liutkeviciute & Sue Gulasky, Caroline Mandon & Dana Boots, and Catherine Simpson & Wendy Hope.
After the tournament, the players celebrated Emma Lenhard's birthday by singing happy birthday and eating cup cakes.
Tournament Director Terry Hunt would like to thank the following volunteers for helping to make this tournament a success:
Referees: Marvin Bennett, Alan Bensch, Mike Kost and Alan Offen
Refreshments: Sue Offen
Court Setup: Alan Bensch and Frank Powell
Trophies: George Fiegel
Pictures of the tournament by Terry Hunt are shown below. Left click on the pictures to see enlarged photos. e event are shown below.
Junior Croquet Play Times
Our regular Play Times for Juniors are currently 6 to 7 pm on Monday and Thursday evenings. Junior members can show up and we will assign you a game. Potential new Junior players (ages 8 to 18) can also come and learn the game of Golf Croquet and we will get them into games with our Junior members. All equipment will be provided by the TCCC. Each session will be limited to eight juniors. The first eight to sign up before a Play Time will be allowed to attend that session. Contact Terry Hunt at email@example.com if your child wants to sign up for any of these sessions. Other play times can be scheduled for the Juniors depending on the interest.
After two free sessions, each Junior must become a member of the Croquet Club or pay a non-member fee to use the court.
The TCCC Junior Croquet Program is for boys and girls ages 8 to 18 who live in the Tega Cay area.
To give the young people in the Tega Cay area an opportunity to learn that Croquet can be a fun, entertaining and competitive sport, and that we have one of the best Croquet Facilities in the area.
Any child (ages 8 to 18) is eligible for a Junior membership in the Tega Cay Croquet Club and will have all of the General Membership Benefits with the following exceptions:
- The membership application must be approved by the child's parent or guardian. Click here for a copy of the TCCC Membership Application Form:
- Before a membership is granted, the child must participate in at least two TCCC croquet classes that teach the rules and fundamentals of croquet. Terry Hunt will arrange for the required classes for potential Junior member interested in instruction in Golf Croquet. Contact Terry at: firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time. The first two training classes are free and our Club will furnish all the necessary equipment (balls and mallets).
- Junior members who are 16 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult member of the Club while playing on the court. The adult member will serve as a coach and assure that the equipment room is open during the reserved time. Any Junior member needing an adult member to be present at their reserved time can contact Terry Hunt at 803-548-0810 or email at email@example.com, and he will arrange for a Club member to meet the Juniors at the court. Contact should be made at least 24 hours before the reserved time.
- Junior members may make advanced reserved starting times for up to one week in advance. Junior members can make court reservations by clicking on the button below to make on-line reservations or call the Golf Club at 803-548-3500 for reservations up to one week in advance.
Junior members can start playing for free as soon as:
- The membership form is filled out and given to a TCCC Board member,
- The Junior has attended two training classes and
- The first year's membership fee has been paid.
The annual membership fee for a Junior is $75.00. New Members joining for the first time and paying the membership fee after October will pay a prorated amount of the first year's annual dues based on the month of the application. After the first year, the full fee will be due at the start of the next fiscal year. The TCCC fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. Junior membership is free if a child has a parent or grandparent who is a member of the TCCC.
For those who are not members of the Tega Cay Croquet Club, Non-Member play is available at a fee of $15 per person for a two hour play period.
At the Tega Cay Croquet Court next to the Tega Cay Golf Club Pavilion.
Based on the interest and the number of Junior members, the Club will schedule Play Days and special events for Juniors throughout the year. After the Junior members learn Golf Croquet, other croquet games such as Six Wicket and Association Croquet can be taught to the more advanced players.
If you have questions about our Junior Croquet Program contact Terry Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 803-548-0810.