2018 Southeast Regional Golf Croquet Tournament Attended by TCCC Members
The Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club hosted the 2018 USCA Southeast Regional Golf Croquet Tournament near Hartfield, Virginia from April 12 – 15, 2018. The Tournament Manager was Macey White and the Tournament Director was Cheryl Bromley. Eighteen players from 8 states (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, New York, Missouri, Wisconsin and Oregon) participated in the Golf Croquet singles and doubles events. The players were able to select their doubles partners. Most of the players had a Grade, World Ranking and a US Rank. The highest US ranked player was Jeff Soo with a Rank of 8. The TCCC was represented in the tournament by George and Judie Fiegel and Terry and Shirley Hunt.
During the first two days, the players were divided into blocks (singles and doubles) and played the other players in their blocks. Then, based on their play on the first two days, the players were divided into Flights (Championship and First Flight) for singles and doubles knock out rounds. On the third day, quarter final and semifinal rounds were played in each of the two flights. On the fourth day, the final matches were played to determine the winners of each Flight in singles and doubles. All semifinal and final matches were the best two out of three games. Some of the final matches took several hours to determine a winner.
The final results were:
· Championship Singles - Jeff Soo
· Championship Finalist - Macey White
· First Flight Singles - Hal Denton
· First Flight Finalist - Terry Hunt
· Championship Doubles - Jeff and Eileen Soo
· Championship Finalists - Steve Jackson and Cheryl Bromley
· First Flight Doubles - Rick Alderson and Rick Darnell
· First Flight Finalists - Buck Brewer and John Priest
The TCCC played fairly well in the knock out brackets. George Fiegel made it into the Singles Championship bracket at ninth place. In the play-in game against Hal Denton in eighth place, George won by a score 7 to 5. Unfortunately, he then came up against the number one seed, Jeff Soo, where he lost by a score of 7 to 1.
In the First Flight Singles bracket, Terry Hunt defeated Rick Alderson 7 to 5 in the quarterfinal round and defeated Buck Brewer 7 to 4 and 7 to 2 in the semifinal round. In the final match of the First Flight Singles, Terry was defeated by Hal Denton (who was knocked out of the Championship play-in game by George Fiegel) by scores of 7 to 4 and 7 to 4.
In the First Flight Doubles semifinals, George and Judie Fiegel lost both of their games in the match to Rick Alderson and Rick Darnell. Terry and Shirley Hunt played a little tougher match. In their first semifinal game against John Priest and Buck Brewer, they lost 7 to 5. In the second game of the match, they won by 7 to 5. In the third and final game of the match, the Hunt team was up by 6 to 4 but the Priest/Brewer team came charging back to win the last three points and game by 7 to 6. For the total of all three games, the match was decided by one point difference between the two teams. The match lasted for over three hours.
All of the TCCC players got plenty of playing time. In the first three days, Judie played in 9 games. George played in 11 games and Shirley played in 13 games. In four days, Terry played in 17 games. The weather was nice, the people were friendly and the food was great.
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Wearing of the Green
Our Wearing of the Green social event was attended by about 30 players on March 18. The court was designed for Crazy Croquet by Betty Anderson and all who attended wore green outfits and played several games. A prize for best GREEN outfit went to Ron Jordan. The Hat Trick prizes were won by Frank Powell and Sue Offen.
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TCCC Take Association Rules Classes
Damon Bidencope gave classes for four Thursday evenings on the Association Rules Croquet game to about fifteen TCCC members between March 29 and April 19. He taught the rules and strategies of this popular International croquet game.
Pictures from the class are shown below. Left click on any picture to see enlarged pictures.
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St Pat's Day 6-Wicket Tournament
On a rainy March 17th morning, 24 players started playing in the 4th St. Pats 6-Wicket Tournament. Players started games at 9:00 am in a mist and finished at 3:30 in the sun. After playing eleven 50 minute games, Jack McGuire and Betty Anderson defeated Mike Romano and Patty Martin 15 to 12. Out of 11 games played there was 1 tie, 4 one wicket wins and 3 two wicket wins.
Our thanks go to Jerry Misik and John Webb for planning and managing the event; Terry Hunt, George Fiegel, Mike Kost and Jack McGuire for setup of wickets; Wray Martin for running the clock; Michele McGuire for refreshments; George Fiegel for trophies (the best yet); Dana Boots, John Webb and Terry Hunt for helping with deadness boards and everyone who helped clean up.
Visitors from Edgewater
On April 7, five potential croquet players from the Edgewater community in Lancaster County visited Tega Cay to see our club's croquet facilities and to learn what it takes to start a croquet club. The group was led by Peg Foley and Bobbi Ann Helgeson. They are interested in getting a croquet court(s) and a croquet club started in their development. Several of our TCCC Board and other members showed the visitors around our croquet facilities and let them participate in a golf croquet game on our court. After the game, we all moved to the Hearth Room in the Glennon Center and discussed what we went through to get our club started. Damon Bidencope joined us at this meeting and provided a lot of information about building a croquet court. Refreshments were served by our events committee led by Michele McGuire. The visitors thanked us for the croquet instruction and the start up information. They hope to get started on their court soon.
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