Tega Cay Croquet Club

American 6-Wicket Training and Development Month


In May, the TCCC held five sessions of training and development for American Croquet (aka. Six Wicket) for the Club's members.   Twenty-four TCCC members attended at least one session .  The average attendance for each session was 17.  Six members attended all five sessions.  Attendees ranged from players who have been playing Six Wicket Croquet for several years to members who had never played the game before.

The first four sessions in May were one-hour sessions on Wednesday afternoons with instructions from some of our members.  The fifth session lasted all day on Thursday, May 30, and included training and instruction from four very advanced players (AC handicaps between 0 & 7).  Damon Bidencope, Rob Byrd, Gene Raymond and Nancy Hart  were the instructors for the all day session.  In the morning, they broke the class into groups based on skill level and instructed,demonstrated and supervised the groups in the fine art of Six Wicket Croquet.  At lunch in the Shore Club, the four instructors told our members stories about their croquet experiences and Damon gave us a brief history of the sport of croquet.

In the afternoon, some of the members rotated into games where they played with and got tips from the instructors.  The highlight of the day was when the four instructors divided up and played a match between themselves.  Damon and Nancy were paired against Gene and Rob.  When Damon scored the fourth hoop, the other instructors went over and sat in the shade to watch Damon go on a four-ball break and score nine hoops in a row.  It was a beautiful thing to watch.

All of the training sessions in May were organized by Jerry Misik.  Helping instruct the weekly classes were Terry Hunt, Jack McGuire, John Webb and Frank Powell.

​Pictures of the tournament below were taken by Terry Hunt.  Left click any picture to see an enlarged picture.e.html

Friday, June 7 - Court Setup, Practice and Reception

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May 4, Men's Singles Tournament

The Men's Singles Golf Croquet Tournament was held on May 4.  Fourteen men battled it out all day in this double elimination tournament.  In the morning, the two courts were each double banked until the field was whittled down to just a few players by lunch time.  In the upper bracket, John Webb and Alan Offen sailed through undefeated before the lunch break. 

After lunch, in the lower bracket, Mike Romano defeated George Fiegel.  Then John Webb beat Alan Offen to send Alan to face off against Mike Romano to see who would meet John in the finals.  In an exciting game, Mike hit a jump shot to go ahead by 4 to 3 and later Alan hit a jump shot to go ahead 5 to 4.  Mike scored the next wicket to tie the game just before time ran out.  Alan won the tie breaker point.  John Webb barely defeated Alan Offen 3 to 2 in the final game to win the tournament undefeated.

Alan Bensch, the Tournament Director, would like to thank everyone who helped set up the courts and game time helpers, Gloria Bensch, Sue Gulasky, Danna Boots, Betty Anderson, and Michele McGuire who helped keep track of the scores, run the time clock and provide refreshments.

​Pictures of the event by Terry Hunt, Michele McGuire and Alan Bensch are shown below.    Left click any pictures to see enlarged pictures.

National Croquet Day Proclamation

At the City Council Meeting on May 20, Mayor David O'Neal presented TCCC President Terry Hunt a Proclamation declaring June 8, National Croquet Day.

The Proclamation and a picture of the presentation are shown below..

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​​2019 CCC Spring Tournament

The Coastal Croquet Clubs (CCC) [made up of Bishop Gadsden Croquet Club (BG) , Croquet Club of Dataw Island (DI), Spring Island Croquet Club (SI) and Sun City Croquet Club (SC)] held a Spring Golf Croquet Tournament April 2 - 4.  The Tega Cay Croquet Club (TC) was the guest Club for the event at which two types of tournaments were held.  There was an overall Club competition between the CCC and the TCCC and an individual two person team competition.  

There were 34 CCC players and 22 TCCC players which made this three-day tournament one of the largest croquet events ever held in the state of South Carolina. 

Day 1 was at Sun City near Bluffton, SC where the courts were open in the afternoon for practice followed by a reception for all players.

Day 2

The tournament moved to Dataw Island near Beaufort where a full day of competition was held. The players were divided into two groups (Low and High Handicaps) and drew chips to determine which partner ( a Low with a High) they would play with and against which team they would play against during each time slot.  The games were timed at 25 minutes.  Every player got to play four games with a different partner against different opponents that were used to rank the players for Day 2 and some of the players results were used in determining the Club Champion.  At noon, there was a break for a sit-down lunch in the Dataw Island Golf Clubhouse.  At the end of the day, the leaders in the Low group were Doug MacMullin (SC), Jack McGuire (TC) and Art Thomasson (SC) who all had four wins and no loses.  The leaders in the High group were Sue Kelly (SC), Field Boatwright (BG) and Kay Misik (TC) who all had three wins each and the most wickets made. 

For the Club competition, the win and tie points for 12 chosen players from each Club gave the CCC the lead by a score of 61 to 51 at the end of the day.

Day 3

The tournament moved back to Sun City where 28 teams were paired (#1 Low with #1 High,  ..., #28 Low with #28 High) based on the rankings from the Day 1 scores.  These teams played together for the rest of Day 3.   Each team played three games (timed at 25 minutes) in the morning against randomly drawn opponents.  Based on the results of the morning play, the 28 teams were placed in the brackets for a single elimination playoff in the afternoon.  Lunch was served at court-side before the playoffs began. 

The biggest upset in the playoffs came early when the #28 team of Bruce Anderson (DI) and Bob Harned (TC) knocked out the #1 seed of Doug MacMullen (SC) and Sue Kelly (SC).  Up until that match, Doug had won seven games without a loss.  

After three rounds, the semi-final games came down to #3 Art Thomasson (SC)/Kay Misik (TC) vs #7 Ray Barrett (DI)/Ron Kort (SC) and #11 Jerry Misik (TC)/Jack Frisch (SC) vs #21 John Boatwright (BG)/Alan Offen (TC).  Team #3 easily defeated Team #7 by a score of 6 to 2.  The other match was much closer.  At the end of the 25 minutes, the score was tied.  In the tie breaker, Jerry Misik shot third and put his black ball inside the red ball very near the post.  John Boatwright then shot his yellow ball, hit the black ball and wound up closest to the post to allow #21 to defeat #11 by one point.

The final match between #3 Art Thomasson (SC)/ Kay Misik (TC) and #21 John Boatwright (BG)/ Alan Offen (TC) was to be played first to seven points or 45 minutes (which ever came first).  After a long  and hard fought match, the time limit was reached, with the #21 team winning by a score of 6 to 4.  The first and second place teams received prizes.

Some of interesting facts: 
Bishop Gadsden Croquet Club on James Island, SC just joined the CCC for the first time this year. 
​The final two teams played their last four games with only a five minute break between each game.
John Boatwright (BG) is 83 years old and was probably the oldest of the 56 players who played in the tournament.

Based on the scores of the first seven games on Days 2 and 3 by 12 selected players from each Club, the Coastal Croquet Clubs won the Club Trophy by a score of 103 to 79.  The CCC will get to keep the Club Championship trophy for a year until the Spring Tournament is played next year at the Tega Cay Croquet Club.  The tournament host will rotate each year between the CCC and the TCCC with the tournament winning Club each year retaining the perpetual trophy for a year.

Pictures of the event are shown below were provided by Terry Hunt.
​  Left click on any picture to see enlarged pictures.​

​June 1, Women's Singles Tournament

The Women's Singles Golf Croquet Tournament was held on June 1.  Sixteen women competed in this double elimination tournament.  The two courts were each double banked most of the day.  After the first two rounds of the Winners' bracket was reduced to eight players with the other eight sliding over to the Consolation bracket.  After many hard fought matches (see the statistics below). the final four players came down to Michele McGuire, Gloria Bensch, Diane Kadien and Betty Anderson.  In the Winner's bracket, Betty defeated Gloria 4 to 3 to send Gloria to the Consolation bracket.  In the Consolation bracket, Diane eliminated Michele 4 to 3 and Gloria 5 to 3.  Diane then gave Betty her first loss 4 to 3 that required a tiebreaker shootout.  In the final match, Betty Anderson defeated Diane Kadien by another 4 to 3 score to win the Women's Singles Championship.  The first and second place players received prizes and trophies (made by George Fiegel).  The third and fourth place players received prizes.

Some interesting statistics from the tournament prepared by Tournament Director Alan Bensch:

"A total of 31 games were played.  There were 5 tie breakers required after the 25 minute time limit.   
22 out of 31 games were decided by a difference of 2 wickets or less. 16 games were decided by 1 wicket.
Other facts:
Diane Kadien played a total of 8 games, winning 6, working through the consolation rounds and then the final round tie breaker game.
Betty Anderson played in 6 games, winning 5. In 5 of her 6 games, the wicket difference was 1.
Michele McGuire played 6 games, losing 2, and her only losses were to Diane Kadien.  In 5 of her 6 games, the wicket difference was 1."

​Michele also had the most exciting tie breaker point against Jerilyn Mazak in the first round.  Jerilyn shot first and put the Blue ball about eight inches short of the center peg.  The Red and Black balls were shot but did not get inside of the Blue ball.  Michele shot the Yellow ball hit the Blue ball into the peg and then the Yellow ball also hit the peg winding up a couple inches nearer the peg than the Blue ball (see picture below).

Alan Bensch, the Tournament Director, would like to thank everyone who helped set up the courts, helped keep track of the scores, run the time clock and provide refreshments.

​Pictures of the event by Terry Hunt are shown below.    Left click any pictures to see enlarged pictures.

Sunday June 9, Matches 3 & 4

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2019 States Shield SE Qualifier Golf Croquet Tournament Summary

 The Tournament was hosted by the Tega Cay Croquet Club (
http://www.tegacaycroquet.com/home.html ) and sponsored by the Croquet Network website (https://croquet.ning.com/ ).  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 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 court drained exceptionally well during the few showers that we had over the two days.  The ball fences worked well and were really needed.  No one hit into the orange netting below the southwest corner but there was a possibility with the speed of some of the shots and the jump shots being played.  The special Quadway Hoops (
http://www.terminatormallets.co.nz/Quadway.htm) used during the Tournament were loaned to the Club by Simon Jenkins. 

Overall, the tournament was a great success.  The volunteers, hosts for the players and Club members got to meet and talk with the players at the Reception on Friday evening, at the dinner at the Dixie Pig Restaurant on Saturday evening and during the tournament when the players were between games.  Gift bags were given to all of the players with items supplied by Visit York County, the City of Tega Cay and George Fiegel.  Each member of the winning team received a trophy. 

Tournament Directors Damon Bidencope and Alan Bensch and Tournament Manager Terry Hunt would like to thank all of the volunteers and hosts who helped set up the court, schedule the games, keep track of the scores, set up for the Reception, provide snacks, drinks and lunches for the players, set up the tent and chairs for the players and provided rooms for some of the players.  They would also like to recognize Chuck Smith, the Maintenance Superintendent for Tega Cay Golf, and his crew for getting the croquet court and the surrounding area in excellent condition.  The support of Josh Brownell, Director of Tega Cay Golf, and Tega Cay Mayor, David O’Neal, was greatly appreciated. 

Pictures of the Tournament by Marilyn Rhew, Ron Jordan, Alan Bensch and Terry Hunt are shown below.  Left click on any picture to see enlarged pictures.​ 

Article by Terry Hunt

Saturday, June 8, National Croquet Day, Matches 1 & 2