2021 Golf Croquet Club Teams
Largest croquet tournament in the Western Hemisphere in 2021
The 2021 Golf Croquet Club Teams Tournament was a grand affair! 108 players and at least 15 on the waiting-list. 18 clubs sent teams from all over the United States.
There were small club teams. 8 teams had 3 or fewer players and were in Division III:
Highlands Strikers – Captain: Ellenburg
Indian Creek Croquet Club – Captain: Bob Harbaugh
Lenox Croquet Club – Captain: David Ekstrom
The Little Club – Captain: Bruce Hindin
Mountain Brook – Captain: Lee Yeilding
Palm Beach Polo – Captain: Sandy Knuth
St. Andrews Club – Captain: Jan Fisher
Springs Croquet Club – Captain: Susan Creasey
There were medium sized teams with 4 to 9 players in Division II:
Bonita Bay Club – Captain: Rich Dell
Denver Croquet Club – Captain: James Creasey
Mountain Lake – Captain: David Maloof
Ocean Reef Club – Captain: Kendall Hendrick
Plantation at Ponte Vedra – Captain: Bill Simmons
Quogue Field Club – Captain: Dick Corey
There were 4 large club teams with 10 or more players in Divion I:
Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club – Captain: Steve Thurston
Everglades Club – Captain: Tom Cooper
National Croquet Club – Captain: Sherif Abdelwahab
Wyndemere Country Club – Captain: John Joseph
12 teams brought team flags and several teams had uniforms.
The Denver Croquet Club showed up in the winning Club Teams socks.
Rich Dell from Bonta Bay sports the winning Club Team shirt.
The Everglades Club had the winning Club Teams hats.
The Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club came flying the winnings Club Teams flag.
Pricsilla Flowers was the tournament social director and arranged some great games and competitions on Thursday evening. We played Mix and Mingle Scramble. It started with partnering up players who did not know each other. The games began as normal GC games and periodically a whistle was blown and the players had to change balls (blue now plays red, red plays black, black plays yellow, yellow plays blue). Each wicket had a sample sized bottle of an adult beverage attached to it and the person scoring the wicket claimed the bottle attached to the wicket. There were 48 players who participated and fun was had by all.
All of the competitive play was doubles. The doubles pairs were organized into three flights, Championship, 1st and 2nd based on the players cumulative GC handicaps. Many players entered the tournament with no GC handicap and were assigned a provisional handicap by their club team captain for seeding purposes. It has been suggested that next year, all players must have a USCA recognized GC Handicap before entering the 2022 GC Club Teams Tournament.
Each flight was split into three blocks of 6 doubles pairs. On Friday and Saturday the doubles pairs played everyone in their block. 8 pairs from each flight were selected based on win/loss record and net points. These 8 doubles pairs faced off in a single elimination ladder on Sunday.
When the dust settled, here are the results:
1 Sherif Abdelwahab & Hal Denton National Croquet Club
2 John Steninger & Ned Sperry Denver Croquet Club
3 Macey White & Steve Thurston Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club
3 Cheryl Bromley & Vernon Pierce National Croquet Club
5 Tom Cooper & Conrad Rugart The Everglades Club
5 Randy Cardo & Bev Cardo The Quogue Field Club
5 Clint Dawkins & Joe Carroll Plantation at Ponte Vedra
5 David Maloof & John Wight Mountain Lake
9 Bo Prillaman & Rick Sheely Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club
9 James Creasey & Ron Eccles Denver Croquet Club
9 Rich Dell & Corky Dell Bonita Bay Club
9 Tate Russack & Tamer Hatata National Croquet Club
9 Sandra Knuth & Tina Hinkley Palm Beach Polo
9 Tim Cavers & Bill Simmons Plantation at Ponte Vedra
9 Jeff Morrison & Clint Fowlkes National Croquet Club
9 Miller Conaway & Lee Yeilding Mountain Brook
9 Priscilla Flowers & Tom Tribby National Croquet Club
9 Debbie Davidoff & Earle Mauldin Plantation at Ponte Vedra
1 John Joseph & Jicham Zaatini Wyndemere Country Club
2 Kendall Hendrick & Laura Hendrick Ocean Reef Club
3 Alan Thomson & Bill Hinkebein Ocean Reef Club
3 Stuart Baker & Loretta Cooper The Everglades Club
5 Jodie Rugart & Vickie Johnston The Everglades Club
5 Lois Clay & Suzanne Turner National Croquet Club
5 Bruce Hindin & Neill Trimble The Little Club
5 Richard Corey & Christopher Morris The Quogue Field Club
9 Cami Russack & Mel Eckhart Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club
9 Lin Irey & Gerry Eubank National Croquet Club
9 Cecil Creasey & Susan Creasey Springs Croquet Club
9 Candice Kehoe & Kevin O'Driscoll Wyndemere Country Club
9 Phil Emond & Sue Emond Plantation at Ponte Vedra
9 Tim Bitting & Reine Bitting The Everglades Club
9 Jeanne Branthover & Anne Carr National Croquet Club
9 Tom Lindley & Rita Ginsky National Croquet Club
9 Bob Harbaugh & Joe Fleming Indian Creek Croquet Club
9 Rita McNamara & Dorothea Endicott Lenox & Chesapeake Bay
1 Geri O'Neill & Pamela Groh National Croquet Club
2 Dennis Leddy & Michael McGowan Mountain Lake
3 Shaun Henderson & Shari Gallucci National Croquet Club
3 Jan Fisher & Ed Berge St. Andrews Club
5 Anne Killilea & Fran Anthony Wyndemere Country Club
5 Rodney Lassiter & Kathy Killmon Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club
5 Patricia Duncan & Nancy Reynolds The Everglades Club
5 David Ekstrom & Martie Ekstrom Lenox Croquet Club
9 Franck Meunier & John Strasser National Croquet Club
9 Holly Sperry & Morna Steninger Denver Croquet Club
9 Brooklyn Ellenburg & Loretta Tarver Highlands Strikers
9 John Grout & Lynette Grout Bonita Bay Club
9 Michael Hawke & Jennifer Joseph Wyndemere Country Club
9 Imelda Mehlert & Bruce Morehead Wyndemere Country Club
9 Alex Galasso & Mary Galasso National Croquet Club
9 Kevin Killilea & Mike Anthony Wyndemere Country Club
9 Janet Schwartz & Phil Robinson National Croquet Club
9 Courtenay Rodonets & Jeanmarie Dellosso Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club
To determine the 2021 Club Teams Winning Clubs, each player earned points based on his/her finish. Flight winners earned 8 points, second place earned 6 points, 3rd place earned 4 points, 5th place earned 2 points and 9th place earned 1 point.
Points were totaled from the top 2 finishers on each Division III team and the winning Division III team was the St. Andrews Croquet Club.
Points were totaled from the top 4 finishers on each Division II team and the winning Division II team was the Ocean Reef Croquet Club.
Points were totaled from the top 10 finishers on each Division I team and the winning Division I team was the National Croquet Club.
Next year the 2022 Golf Croquet Club Teams tournament is sure to fill up fast. Please register your team as soon as the announcements come out. Also, please work on getting all of your club Golf Croquet players a USCA Golf Croquet handicap. Please contact the USCA office for details.