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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.
We started our play Wednesday at the NCC. As you can see the weather was sunny, a little chilly but fine.
Thursday I was scheduled to play early at the BC. When I arrived the courts were being prepared for the days games.
They are groomed every day. Here you see the wickets being installed.
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.
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.
And there were a few 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.
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.
We adjourned to the Club for the award ceremony which was followed by brunch.
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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