Today we are going to Muse about Southampton and croquet. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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We have been away. Did you miss us?
This time of year we have frequent stormy weather in south Florida. And this year it seems to have been particularly more humid.
This is a recipe for Outta here. Let’s get outta here.
Meadow Club of Southampton Invitational Croquet
We took the season as an excuse to go north, up to Southampton, New York where we stayed with friends as we participated in the Meadow Club of Southampton Invitational Croquet Tournament. We have played in the tournament once before in 2012.
That year I was pretty new to Croquet. And, Jeanette had just started to play and did not participate in the tournament. I only knew four or five of the players. This year we both participated. I played Doubles (having a partner) and Singles (playing two balls); Jeanette played Doubles. And we knew three-quarters of the players.
The number next to the player’s name is the player’s handicap: the lower the number, the more skilled the player. Mine is listed in error. It is actually nine.
The Meadow Club is primarily a tennis club. They have two regulation size croquet courts. That is not enough for a large tournament. So . . . for the tournament, they convert a number of the tennis courts into another six croquet courts.
Here you see players practicing before their match on some of the converted courts. It works well except for the painted tennis lines. They can be a bit confusing in the heat of play.
Each day I played three matches after which I retired to our friends’ nurturing abode to lick my wounds or celebrate my successes. It was a great place.
Jeanette played doubles. Here she is on the way to a game.
I played both Doubles and Singles. In Singles I made it to the semi-finals in my flight only to lose to Hal Denton by one shot in the last turn. Hal went on to play Penny Ferraro in the finals. Penny won the match.
Here you see Hal approaching his next shot while Penny watches from the side line.
The Championship Flight Singles Finals was a match between Britt Ruby, two times National Champion, and Derek Wassink from Florida. The match was strategic and suspenseful. One of the best I have witnessed. These are two of the best players in the world. Derek Wassink was the victor.
Congratulations to both Britt and Derek. And to all who participated.
On a Different Note
The Bathtub Test.
During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, “How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in a Nursing Home?”
“Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a Teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub.”
“Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”
“No” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?”
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