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 Croquet Events

Junior Croquet Program

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.  ​

  


2021 “National Croquet Day” Junior Singles Golf Croquet Tournament 

June 5, 2021 was declared National Croquet Day by the US Croquet Association.  The Tega Cay Croquet Club took this opportunity to feature our Junior members in a Singles Golf Croquet Tournament.  Eight players participated in this single elimination tournament on a warm Saturday afternoon.  To celebrate National Croquet Day, the players were asked to wear colorful outfits instead of the traditional white outfits.  Lauren Fredenberg was given a prize for the most original outfit.

Each of the seven games were timed at 30 minutes and three of the games had to have a tie-breaker shootout at the end of the time limit.  The finalists were Flora Liutkeviciute and Katherine SmithFlora won the match with a tie-breaker shot after the game time had expired.  Trophies and prizes were awarded to the two finalists.

Tournament Director, Terry Hunt, would like to thank the following for helping with the tournament:
Referees:  Sally Bennett, Wendy Hope, Alan Bensch, Gloria Bensch and Alan Offen.
Refreshments:  Sue Offen
Trophies:  George Fiegel
Pictures: Rich Watson, Alan Bensch, Wendy Hope, Terry Hunt, and Tanja Smith
And most of all, the Players:
Flora Liutkeviciute, Katherine Smith, Emma Lenhard, Lauren Fredenberg, Caroline Mandon, Ivy Babuder, Laylah Blair and Kate Benton. 

Pictures of the tournament are shown below.  Left click on any picture to see an enlargement.​​


Tega Cay Croquet Club

This Club  is formed to promote the sport of  croquet in this community

Founded in 2008


2021 TCCC Junior/Senior Wonderland Tournament

By Terry Hunt, Tournament Director

On October 24, the Tega Cay Croquet Club’s Anderson Lawn looked like a scene from “Alice’s Adventures in   Wonderland.”  The occasion was the annual TCCC Junior/Senior Tournament.  This event teams our Junior members with some our adult members for a Golf Croquet Tournament.  This year the event was held one week before Halloween and the Juniors decided that the players would dress as characters from the classic book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, because in the book, Alice plays croquet with the Queen of Hearts.  Alice and the Queen use live flamingos as mallets and hedgehogs as balls.  The Juniors also volunteered to bring the refreshments that resembled food mentioned in the book.  

Most of the players arrived early to compare their outfits. There was an Alice, a Queen of Hearts, a Mad Hatter, a Cheshire Cat, a Tweedledee, a Mock Turtle, a Dormouse, a Rabbit, a Bloodhound and a March Hare.  Most of the adults were dressed to represent the Playing Card Guards.  The Tournament Director, who was also the timekeeper, came as the White Rabbit.  The mallets were decorated to resemble flamingos.  Because hedgehogs were hard to find, regular croquet balls were used.

Drinks and water were served.  Beside them a sign warned “Drink Me to Shrink to Small.”  Some of the food consisted of brownies and cupcakes with marshmallow mushrooms growing out of them.  Beside them a sign warned “Eat Me to Grow to Large.”   There were white roses painted red.  

After introductions, instructions and pictures, the Golf Croquet Tournament began.  Because there were nine teams, a modified Swiss format was used on the two courts.  All teams (except one) played three 25-minute games.  There was a lot of spirited competition but no one lost their head.   At the end of Round three, the team of Kinsley Young and Barbara Williams were undefeated and took home the specially made first-place trophies with flamingo mallets and hedgehog balls on them.  The second place team of Caroline Mandon and Marilyn Rhew also won custom made trophies created by George Fiegel.  Caroline Mandon (Tweedledee) took home the prize for best outfit.

A good time was had by all!

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 terry9044@gmail.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.


Why?
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.

What?
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: terry9044@gmail.com  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 terry9044@gmail.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.







When?
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.

How Much?
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.

Where?
At the Tega Cay Croquet Court next to the Tega Cay Golf Club Pavilion. 

What's Next?
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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.


Questions?
If you have questions  about our Junior Croquet Program contact Terry Hunt at terry9044@gmail.com or call 803-548-0810.