GOLF CROQUET STATE TEAM TO PLAY IN INTERSTATE SHIELD
Croquet SA wishes the Golf Croquet State Team all the best in the Interstate Shield being played in Melbourne 11-15 September. Follow the scores on www.croquetscores.com
SACA GC Open Doubles competition
This event has held over 3 days, Tuesday 6th till Thursday 8th August. 10 teams took part in the competition, playing 3 matches per day consisting of 2 one hour games. Tuesday 6th August, had a bite in the air in the morning but ended up a pretty nice day on the lawns. The games progressed smoothly during the days play, but the players were all getting ready for the bad weather to come. Wednesday 7th had a few early showers but nothing wet weather gear couldn’t handle. After another 3 matches the competition was still very much anyone’s game. Thursday 8th started of pretty well, with cold but acceptable weather for the first 2 matches. Then the heavens opened and continued and continued until lawns 1 and 2 were under water in many areas. Play continued until teams decided that individual lawns were unplayable.
Congratulations to the winners of the competition Karen Magee (Brighton) and Barry Jennings (Hyde Park) with 6 matches. The runners-up were Barry Haydon (Hyde Park) and Graeme Thomas (Hyde Park) with 5 matches. Thanks to the members of the Hyde Park Croquet Club for helping to manage this event and to Beraniece Pfitzner for refereeing the competition.
AC Division 4 Singles
The Division 4 singles were held on Tuesday August 13th to Thursday August 15th. It was very pleasing to see a field of 10 players enter this event – including 5 from the country (3 from Tumby Bay and 2 from Wallaroo). For some players it was their first time entering a major event at SACA.
The weather was very good for the 3 days and the players enjoyed their games in the sun. The event was played as 2 blocks of 5 with playoffs for final placings on the last day. Winner of Block 1 was Rhonda Habner (Tumby Bay) who was undefeated. Runner-up was Linda Stone (Tea Tree Gully). Winner of Block 2 was Roger Harris (North Adelaide) who was also undefeated. Runner-up was Diane Paull (Wallaroo). Roger improved his handicap from 16 to 14 after his last game in the block play. The overall winner following the playoffs was Roger Harris, having won all his games, with Rhonda Habner runner-up.
There were two peg-outs during the tournament, one by Linda Stone during the Block 1 games and one in the playoff between the two 5th placegetters. Robert Habner (Tumby Bay) found his form and pegged out against Joylene Trezise. As there were country people attending, some morning and afternoon tea was provided by AC Events but it was not up to the standard that city players receive when visiting country clubs. Many thanks to Millswood Croquet Club for managing the event.
AC Division 2 Singles
This event was held over three days July 15 to 17, 2019. The weather was reasonable for that time of year with only a few showers on the last day. There were eight entrants with handicaps ranging from 9 to 2.5 – Jim Curtis (Aldinga Bay), Barry Jennings (Hyde Park), Malcolm Kinch (Snowtown), Shirley Howlett (Victor Harbor), David Short (Norwood), Di Helier (Victor Harbor), Kevin Le Poidevin (North Adelaide) and Geoffrey Wheaton (Norwood).
David Short was the winner with 6 out of 7 wins. Runner-up was Jim Curtis with 4 wins (+23 hoops).
Also on 4 wins were Malcom Kinch (+13), Di Helier (+2) and Shirley Howlett (-2). David improved his handicap from 5 to 4.5 and Di improved her handicap from 6 to 5. There were some close fought games with only 1 hoop the difference – Di Helier won two and lost two by only one, Shirley Howlett won two games by one hoop. Many thanks to Hyde Park CC for managing the event.
GC Doubles Individual 5+
This event was managed by Brighton Croquet Club and had 5 doubles pairings.
By the end of the day each team had won at least one game. Each player had their quality shots and sound roqueting, smooth hoop running, and sweet little jump shots were regularly seen.
Thursday 11th July saw more wintery weather resulting in testing out the wet weather gear. Despite this play continued to be close. The eventual winners and runners-up were on the same game scores with only hoops separating them for the final places. Congratulations to the winners Dianne Love and Barrie Wuttke (Hyde Park) with Julie Grindrod (Aldinga Bay) and David Magee (Brighton) the runners-up. Third place went Heather and Neil White (Brighton).
Referees were Anne Woodhouse and Karen Magee.