Mission Hill Country club just added these two new lovely courts at their
It is simply amazing how well these two new courts played - fast and level.
The competition was challenging. Brian Cumming, from Canada, is the
USCA Nationals 2004 winner.
Jerry Stark, croquet pro at Meadowood Resort, is also competitive.
Len Lyon, Rich Lamm, 2002 and 2003 US Open winner, and Charlie Smith discuss
strategic points together.
Paul Billings, visiting from Hawaii, chatting with Cameron Guernsey, from
Bill Aden from Mississippi relaxing during his game with Jim Butts.
Jim Butts, president of Mission Hills croquet club, roqueting black.
Cameron taking off with yell to pick up the blue and black balls sitting
in the corner.
Dick Tucker, past president, looking over the situation in Championship
Gordon Smale rolling up to his next hoop.
Leo Nikora, from Hawaii, and Elaine Fong, Western Regional president enjoying
the croquet at the new lawns.
Mike Orgill sets a ball in bounds 36 inches from the boundary.
Mike taking a swing. Notice that his mallet is curved at the bottom
like the keel of a boat.
The social parties are great for getting to know the players.
Brian Cumming, Chuck Anders and Paul Billings.
Stan Patmor barbeques bangers at the The Desert Patch Inn.
Many of the players stay at the Patch and link up for dinner during the
The players are anxious to find out where they place in the ladder after
round robin block play.
Phyllis Butts and Aviv Katz.
Josie and Stewart Jackson enjoying everyone's hospitality in Palm Springs.
Tyler Thomas, from Kentucky, and Bee Katz.
The grass tennis lawn makes a spectacular croquet lawn. It is very
flat and fast.
Jerry Stark finishes off Rory Kelley with steady play. Spectators
attentively relax in the shade.
Brian Cumming eliminates Stewart Jackson in the playoff ladder to meet
Jerry Stark, then Rich Lamm and in the finals Paul Bennett.
In block play, Rich Lamm and Paul Bennett were undefeated and played a best
of three match - one advanced
to the best of three finals and the other met the winner of the ladder playoff
The Open Ladder. Brian worked his way on Saturday into the finals
with 4 straight wins.
Paul Bennett beat Brian with a on time finish 24/15 during the first game
and a sixth turn triple peel 26-0 second game.
Brian congratulating Paul Bennett the 2004 US Open Champion.
Everyone watches the last game of the day.
Margot Leonard working through the B ladder playoff.
B ladder playoff - Bob Riddell wins again!
Stewart Jackson plays Rory Kelley in the finals of the Plate event.
Rory Kelley eyes the stake to win the Plate.
The Plate event is a competitive ladder playoff.
Trophy presentations and sincere thank you to Mission Hills, members of
the croquet club,
Stan Patmor and the competitors that make the US Open a great tournament.
The trophy winners at the 2004 US Open
Paul Bennett, Brian Cumming, Bob Riddell, David Collins, Josie Jackson,
Margot Leonard, Rich Lamm.