OPEN, December 4-8 th
Mission Hills Country Club
Rancho Mirage, California
This year the American Croquet Association hosted the 25th US Open croquet tournament with Rory Kelley as the tournament director. From Arizona, Stan Patmor was present to chat with all his friends during the first few days of block play. Ren Kraft came to shed some tracking points and Paul Bennett worked on gaining as many as possible. Jim Bast a former player from Arizona, now living in Texas, played well and earned his spot in the medalist round against Ben Rothman. These two playes won their respective blocks and the winner of the best-of-three medalist round advances to the finals while the loser goes on to face the winner of the knock-out ladder of eight players.
Association croquet in America is often played with time-limits. We for many years have shortened the game down between 2 and 2-1/2 hours. It is designed that way to get as many games in per day as possible with the shortest days of December and in Palm Springs which has a 10,000' mountain flanking its western horizon (at 4:30 PM the sun is setting). I thus explain the need to start play at 7:30 AM.
Eileen Soo, Jean Engebretson and Tim
Mike Orgill, Cameron Evans and Dick Engebretson
Rory Kelley director of the US Open tournament
A & B Flight Ladder playoff
Open Playoff Ladder
In the first game
of the finals, Paul K went to the East Bdy, Ben Y
set a Duffer's tice and Paul U missed from B baulk
at his ball on the bdy ending up in corner 4.
Ben R missed his Duffer's tice bouncing off hoop 6
and ending up a short distance from K. K
missed R and R hits U in c4; makes a break to 4-back
and sets diagonal leave.
In the 2nd game,
Ben plays K to supershot position (W of 5 and
peg). Y to E bdy wired from center of South
bdy. U hits Y and runs break to 4-back,
leaving 3 tight ducks.
2012 Order of Finish
Contact Rory Kelley, tournament director 480 990-1126
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