Beach Club Invitational Croquet Tournament


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Beach Club Invitational Croquet Tournament

This last week has been focused on croquet.  The Beach Club hosted its annual invitational tournament.  For the second year in a row, this was the largest Croquet tournament in the United States with a field of 92 players.

In Doubles competition, games with four players in teams of two each playing a specific colored ball, there was a Championship Flight , plus a First Flight, Second Flight and Third Flight.  In the Singles competition, games with two players each playing two balls, in addition to the Championship Flight there were four additional flights.

Because of the number of players, the games were held at the Beach Club (BC) in Palm Beach and at the National Croquet Center (NCC) in West Palm Beach.  Even so, in the singles matches it was required to “double-Bank”, which means two different games were played at the same time on a court.  One game would start on the South West corner and the other on the North East corner.

Playing in the sun

Playing in the sun

We started our play Wednesday at the NCC.  As you can see the weather was sunny, a little chilly but fine.

Games underway

Games underway

Between games

Between games

Thursday I was scheduled to play early at the BC.  When I arrived the courts were being prepared for the days games.

Lawns being prepared

Lawns being prepared

They are groomed every day.  Here you see the wickets being installed.

setting the wickets

setting the wickets

For me personally it was a good tournament.  In the first round of singles play I won four out of five matches.  The person I lost to and I had the  same handicap.  The other four had lower handicaps which meant that I accumulated many points by winning, enough to lower my handicap.  That is a good thing.

It was enough also to get me into the elimination play-offs.  And that is what I did.  I got eliminated.  After that I was a spectator and that is not a bad thing.

Tom and Jeannete

Tom and Jeanette

The final games were played on the lawns at the BC.  What was interesting is that the winner in each flight was not the lowest handicap.  It was an interesting match of upsets.

Here you can see some of the spectators.

spectators for the play offsspectators for the play offs

spectators for the play offs

And there were a few Peacocks.

Peacocks

Peacocks

Here you see Stewart Jackson the Tournament Manager announcing the final match, the Championship Match which came down to Bob Chilton and Sherif Abdelwahab.

Stewart Jackson Announcing the Championship Match

Stewart Jackson Announcing the Championship Match

Bob took the early lead

Bob Chilton

Bob Chilton

 Bob took the early lead

Bob took the early lead

but at his fourth wicket his ball stuck in the wicket, in the “Jaws” as we say.  Sherif took control of the match at that point and took the game to completion, ending the match about 40 minutes earlier than expected.

Sherif Abdelwahab

Sherif Abdelwahab

We adjourned to the Club for the award ceremony which was followed by brunch.

Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremony

As we walked over to the club house several people were arriving to see the “end of the match”, not expecting that the game would be over so quickly.  Tsk Tsk!.  The early bird . . . and all that.

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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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