Croquet Again


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Meadow Club Invitational Croquet Tournament

Last week was a blur of Croquet activity.  Jeanette and I were in Southampton, New York for the Meadow Club Invitational croquet tournament.  This was the first away tournament in which I have participated.  I got as far as the playoffs in my flight, but then I was eliminated.  Still it was a lot of fun.  And truthfully by the time I was out, I was not regretting the fact I would not be playing more matches.  I was tuckered after playing three matches a day for three days.  The tournament was the largest held at the Meadow Club I understand.  There were approximately sixty players competing in doubles and singles matches.

Meadow Club Tournament Roster

Meadow Club Tournament Roster

Meadow Club

Meadow Club

The Meadow Club is impressive.  With thirty-two courts, the club’s primary focus is tennis.  However, for the tournament, a number of courts were converted to Croquet courts with wickets, pegs and string boundaries.

Tennis courts converted to croquet

Tennis courts converted to croquet

Here you can see players on what normally would be tennis courts.  Note the white tennis lines.

The weather forecast predicted possibilities of rain each day.  Fortunately, that did not come to be.  Croquet is played in the rain unless there is lightning or standing water on the court.  The first day, Tuesday was cloudy in the morning which helped a lot, because the sun in the afternoon was intense.

morning mist

morning mist

Saturday, the day in which the determining matches were played, started shrouded in mist.  The attendance was light the first round because the matches started at 8AM.

Small crowd

Small crowd

Only one person here and the mascot sculpture.

David Thalman and Karen Heckman in 3rd flight finals

David Thalmann and Karen Heckman in 3rd flight finals

Here you can see David Thalmann and Karen Heckman as they each tried to outplay the other.

visitor

visitor

And here you can see a visiting spectator.  David took the match.

By mid-morning the mist had burned off.

Reine Bitting and Joe Knoll

Reine Bitting and Joe Knoll

Here you see Joe Knoll and Reine Bitting getting ready for the 1st Flight playoff.  Reine was the winner.

gallery watching finals

gallery watching finals

By noon the mist was history and the crowd had grown and the sun was out.  It was hot.

Dick Sullivan and Mike Gibbons playoff

Dick Sullivan and Mike Gibbons playoff

The Championship match was hard fought between Duck Sullivan from Louisville, Kentucky and Mike Gibbons, from Palm Beach, Florida, two of the best ranked players in the world.  Mike Gibbons took the title.

It was enlightening to play with such a competitive group of players.  I think I’ll be back next year.

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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