Mission Hills Country Club
Rancho Mirage, California
This year the American Croquet Association hosts the 23rd US Open croquet tournament in Rancho Mirage, California's Mission Hills Country Club.
Entered to win this year's event
is Tony Le
Moignan from the island of Jersey, Brian Cumming from
Ben Rothman from Rancho Mirage, Doug Grimsley from
Virginia, Rich Lamm
from Denver and numerous locals.
Here is Tony , the "Lemon Onion",
shot with Black.
Charlie Smith of Napa Valley is one of the best supporters of the US Association croquet team, a past member of the Solomon Cup US team and a member of the selectors. Charlie has a true love of the game and has been playing in the US Open for most of its 23 years at Mission Hills.
Doug Grimsley played this summer in the
event in England. The six member US team
competed against three
great teams representing Great Britain, Australia
Zealand. Four team members were playing in
the US Open, Doug,
Ben Rothman, Rich Lamm and Paul Bennett, one of
the team's alternates.
Local favorites: Jim Butts
looks on with
Bob Riddell and Bob Van
Tassell during the
ladder playoff. Bob Van Tassell a new member
of the Mission
Hills Country Club stayed (mostly) throughout the
summer in Palm
Springs. Bob ventured across the pond to
play in this years
British Open tournament along with Ben Rothman.
Complete results of the US
Open are posted
by Leo Nikora,
newest resident. Leo's website is
spectacular, including history
and game tactics. Click HERE
to see the results.
Photo by Arthur Bagby
Paul calculated his odds of
prior to starting play on Friday at 1%, less than
the 6.25% when given
equal odds against all of his opponents. In
other words, he was
out-matched. All he could think
was that 80% of the folks would be unhappy by the
end of the day --
only 20% would be surviving to play in the
finals. Paul tried
and failed 5 sextuple peels which probably didn't
increase his odds
either! On two attempts, he failed to get
On the other three, he only managed two or three
attempt against Rothman at the end of Friday was a
pleaser as 20 club members watched around court
practice is in order ... a great deal of fun to
watch and play ... oh
and by the way,
those with helpful hints ... please pass them
along to Paul!
The tournament was
dedicated to the memory
of Jerry Stark, a croquet player we miss very
much. Jerry was
taken by an aggressive stomach cancer.
Jerry's last tournament
was during last year's US Open. He had been
chosen to play in the
MacRobertson Shield event. Jerry spent the
majority of his life
enjoying and promoting the sport of croquet.
He worked at
Meadowood Resort as a croquet professional.
Paul dedicates his victory to
all the ones
cancer including Nancy, Marty and Aviv.
2010 Order of Finish
For more details regarding the US Open tournament,
Contact Stan Patmor, tournament manger, 602 955-1547
Ron Hendry, MHCC club president, 760
Rory Kelley, tournament director 480 990-1126
or Paul Bennett, web administrator, 602 956-8966
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