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Golf Croquet National Championships Won by Ben Rothman and Paul Bennett & Jacques Fournier


Singles Champion Ben Rothman of California

Paul Bennett & Jacques Fournier
Doubles Champions Paul Bennett & Jacques Fournier of Arizona

10-13 November 2010
Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA
story by Leo Nikora
scores by Ben Rothman

Championship Singles
1st Ben Rothman (CA)
2nd Danny Huneycutt (NC)
3rd Rich Lamm (CO)
Leo Nikora (CA)
5th Sherif Abdelwahab (RI)
Arthur Bagby (AL)
Paul Bennett (AZ)
Jacques Fournier (AZ)
9th Jim Butts (CA)
Ron Eccles (CO)
Dick Engebretson (CA)
Marty Foroughi (CA)
Ron Hendry (CA)
Mohammad Kamal (CA)
Mike Orgill (CA)
Bob Van Tassell (CA)
Championship Doubles
1st Paul Bennett (AZ)
Jacques Fournier (AZ)
2nd Sherif Abdelwahab (RI)
Danny Huneycutt (NC)
3rd Ron Eccles (CO)
Leo Nikora (CA)
Ben Rothman (CA)
Bob Van Tassell (CA)
First Flight Singles
1st Karl-Heinz Kempfer (CA)
2nd Eric Sawyer (CA)
3rd Jean Engebretson (CA)
4th Bob Riddell (CA)
5th Shri Foroughi (CA)
6th Mary Rodeberg (CA)
7th Phyllis Butts (CA)
Bob Morford (CA)
9th Cindy Bagby (AL)
David Cartwright (CA)
Nick Grey (CA)
Caren Sawyer (CA)
First Flight Doubles
1st Caren Sawyer (CA)
Eric Sawyer (CA)
2nd Bob Riddell (CA)
Mary Rodeberg (CA)
3rd Nick Gray (CA)
Bob Morgord (VA)
David Cartwright (CA)
Karl-Heinz Kempfer (CA)
5th Jane Tucker (CA)
Dick Tucker (CA)
Second Flight Singles
1st Welles Farago (CA)
2nd Ruth Stotter (CA)
3rd Betty Teoman (CA)
4th Marc Clausen (CA)
5th Jerry Phillips (CA)
Paul Christy (CA)
7th Kory Teoman (CA)
Phil Arenson (CA)
Second Flight Doubles
1st Wells Farago (CA)
Marc Clausen (CA)
2nd Jerry Phillips (CA)
Paul Christy (CA)
3rd Larry Stotter (CA)
Ruth Stotter (CA)
Phil Arenson (CA)
Helen Orgill (CA)
5th Betty Teoman (CA)
Kory Toeman (CA)

Thirty nine Golf Croquet players from around America competed in the Golf Croquet National Championships held on eight spectiacular lawns at the Mission Hills Country Club. Ben Rothman of California took first place in singles, and Paul Bennett & Jacques Fournier of Arizona won doubles.

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WCF Golf Croquet Rules (2007 Edition) were used. All games were single banked with no time limit. The tournament director was Ben Rothman; and the tournament manager was Jim Butts.

There were three flights. Championship Flight had sixteen players, and seven doubles teams; First Flight twelve players, and five doubles teams; and Second Flight eight players, and five doubles teams.

Championship Singles

The format was four Round Robin blocks of four players, followed by a Single-Elimination knockout of sixteen players.

Knockout matches were best-of-three thirteen-point games.

1st in A Bob Van Tassell Arthur
+2
+2
Rich
+4
+3
Danny
+2
–2
+3
Ben
+1
+6
4th in D Arthur Bagby
3rd in B Jim Butts Rich
+5
–2
+6
2nd in C Rich Lamm
1st in D Danny Huneycutt Danny
+7
+1
Danny
+2
+2
4th in A Ron Eccles
3rd in C Mike Orgill Sherif
+3
–2
+3
2nd in B Sherif Abdelwahab
1st in C Ben Rothman Ben
+4
+3
Ben
+4
+6
Ben
–2
+6
+2
4th in B Dick Engebretson
3rd in D Paul Bennett Paul
+5
+4
2nd in A Mohammad Kamal
2nd in D Leo Nikora Leo
+1
+2
Leo
+1
+2
3rd in A Ron Hendry
4th in C Marty Foroughi Jacques
+6
+1
1st in B Jacques Fournier

At first, block matches were best-of-three thirteen-point games, but on the second day this was changed to one nineteen-point game. All players were then seeded into the knockout.

Block A Kamal Bob Ron H. Ron E.
Mohammad Kamal 2nd   +4, –3, +4 +5, +5
Bob Van Tassell +4 1st +5, +3 +4, +3
Ron Hendry     3rd +5
Ron Eccles       4th

Block B Sherif Jacques Jim Dick
Sherif Abdelwahab 2nd   +3 +2, +3
Jacques Fournier +3 1st +5, +3 +4, +3
Jim Butts     3rd +5
Dick Engebretson       4th

Block C Ben Rich Mike Marty
Ben Rothman 1st +3 +3 +6, +7
Rich Lamm   2nd –3, +2, +5 +7
Mike Orgill     3rd +3
Marty Foroughi       4th

Block D Danny Paul Leo Arthur
Danny Huneycutt 1st +5 –1, +3, +3 +7, +2
Paul Bennett   3rd   +5, +3
Leo Nikora   +3, +1 2nd +3
Arthur Bagby       4th

Championship Flight Doubles

Championship Flight Doubles was a partial (four matches) Round Robin block of seven teams, followed by a Single-Elimination knockout of four teams.

Knockout matches were best-of-three thirteen-point games.

1st Paul Bennett
&
Jacques Fournier
Paul & Jacques
+4
+2
Paul & Jacques
+2
+2
4th Leo Nikora
&
Ron Eccles
3rd Ben Rothman
&
Bob Van Tassell
Danny & Sheirif
+4
+2
2nd Danny Huneycutt
&
Sheirif Abdelwahab

Block matches were best-of-three thirteen-point games. The top four teams were then seeded into the knockout.

Block D & S M & R P & J B & B J & R L & R M & D
Danny Huneycutt
&
Sheirif Abdelwahab
2nd         +4
+3
+7
+6
Mohammed Kamal
&
Rich Lamm
  6th         +2
+1
Paul Bennett
&
Jacques Fournier
+2
+5
+6
–5
+2
1st +3
–1
+5
+1
+6
   
Ben Rothman
&
Bob Van Tassell
  +2
+1
  3rd   +6
+6
 
Jim Butts
&
Ron Hendry
      +2
–4
+3
5th   +2
+4
Leo Nikora
&
Ron Eccles
        +?
+?
4th +1
+3
Mike Orgill
&
Dick Engebretson
            7th

First Flight Singles

The format was two Round Robin blocks of six players, followed by a Double-Elimination knockout of eight players.

Knockout all matches were one thirteen-point game until the final, which was best-of-three thirteen-point games.

1st in A Bob Riddell Bob R.
+2
Jean
+2
Eric Karl-Heinz
4th in B Karl-Heinz Kempfer
2nd in B Jean Engebretson Jean
+3
3rd in A Phyllis Butts
2nd in A Eric Sawyer Eric
+1
Eric
+2
3rd in B Mary Rodeberg
4th in A Bob Morford Sheri
1st in B Sheri Foroughi
  Jean Karl-Heinz
  Sheri Karl-Heinz Karl-Heinz
  Karl-Heinz Karl-Heinz
+2
  Phyllis
  Mary Mary Bob R.
  Bob M.
  Bob R.

Block matches were one thirteen-point game. The top four teams in each block were then seeded into the knockout.

Block A Bob R. Eric Cindy Phyllis Bob M. David
Bob Riddell 1st +1   +2 +7 +3
Eric Sawyer   2nd +4   +3 +3
Cindy Bagby +2   6th      
Phyllis Butts   +3 +1 3rd +1  
Bob Morford     +2   4th +3
David Cartwright     +2 +3   5th

Block B Sheri Mary Nick Karl-Heinz Jean Caren
Sheri Foroughi 1st +1 +3 +4   +3
Mary Rodeberg   3rd     +4 +3
Nick Gray   +1 5th +1    
Karl-Heinz Kempfer   +4   4th +1  
Jean Engebretson +3   +3   2nd +6
Caren Sawyer     +1 +2   6th

First Flight Doubles

Second Flight Doubles was a Round Robin block of five teams, followed by a Single-Elimination knockout of four teams.

Knockout matches were one thirteen-point game in the first round, and best-of-three thirteen-points games in the final.

1st Bob Riddell
&
Mary Rodeberg
Bob R. & Mary
+1
Eric & Caren
+3
+1
4th Phyllis Butts
&
Karl-Heinz Kempfer
3rd Bob Morford
&
Nick Gray
Eric & Caren
+1
2nd Eric Sawyer
&
Caren Sawyer

Block matches were one thirteen-point game. The top four teams were then seeded into the knockout.

Block B & N B & M E & C D & J D & K-H
Bob Morford
&
Nick Gray
3rd +1   +2  
Bob Riddell
&
Mary Rodeberg
  1st +3 +2 +2
Eric Sawyer
&
Caren Sawyer
+1   2nd +3 +5
Dick Tucker
&
Jane Tucker
      5th  
David Cartwright
&
Karl-Heinz Kempfer
+1     +6 4th

Second Flight Singles

The format was a partial (four matches) Round Robin block of eight players, followed by a Double-Elimination knockout of eight players.

Knockout matches were one thirteen-point game until the final, which was best-of-three thirteen-point games.

1st Jerry Phillips Betty
+1
Betty
+5
Ruth
+3
Wells
+6
+5
8th Betty Toeman
5th Kory Toeman Marc
+2
4th Marc Clausen
3rd Ruth Stotter Ruth
+2
Ruth
+3
6th Paul Christy
7th Phil Arenson Wells
+3
2nd Wells Farago
  Betty Wells
+3
  Wells Wells
+3
Wells
+2
  Jerry Jerry
+2
  Kory
  Paul Paul
+6
Marc
+2
  Phil
  Marc

Block matches were one thirteen-point game. All players were then seeded into the knockout.

Block Ruth Stotter Welles Farago Marc Clausen Phil Arenson  
Betty Teoman –1 –4 –4 –2 8th
Kory Teoman –4 –1 +1 +2 5th
Jerry Phillips +2 +1 +5 +2 1st
Paul Christy –4 –1 –1 +4 6th
  3rd 2nd 4th 7th  

Second Flight Doubles

Second Flight Doubles was a Round Robin block of five, followed by a Single-Elimination knockout of four teams.

Knockout matches were one ninteen-point game in the first round, and best-of-three thirteen-point games in the final.

1st Jerry Phillips
&
Paul Christy
Jerry & Paul
+5
Marc & Wells
+1
–1
+1
4th Larry Stotter
&
Ruth Stotter
3rd Marc Clausen
&
Wells Farago
Marc & Wells
+5
2nd Phil Arenson
&
Helen Orgill

Block matches were one thirteen-point game. The top four teams were seeded into the knockout.

Block K & B L & R J & P M & W P &H
Kory Toeman
&
Betty Toeman
5th        
Larry Stotter
&
Ruth Stotter
+4 4th   +1  
Jerry Phillips
&
Paul Christy
+3 +2 1st +5 +1
Marc Clausen
&
Wells Farago
+2     3rd +4
Phil Arenson
&
Helen Orgill
+1 +4     2nd

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