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2018 USCA Golf Croquet Eights

October 18–21, Sarasota County Croquet Club, Venice, FL

The second annual USCA Golf Croquet Eights returned to Wellfield Park in Venice, Florida, home of the Sarasota County Croquet Club. With six courts and tremendous volunteer support, the club is an excellent and most hospitable tournament venue. While the tournament achieved a full entry of twenty-four players, a late withdrawal reduced the Third Eight to seven players. Record-breaking heat took a further toll, one player dropping out early on Day 1, and another unable to complete the full double-round robin schedule.

Todd Russell, playing in just his second tournament, won the Third Group with eight wins in nine rounds. Another newcomer, Vernon Pierce, placed second with five wins in nine rounds, edging out Karen Connery-Albert on net points.

The Second Eight was competitive throughout, with every player winning at least two matches and losing at least two, and several players still in contention going into the final round. Bill Hoffman and Stephen Jackson both won their final matches to finish with five wins in seven rounds. Each match was best-of-three games, and the first tiebreak was net games; Hoffman and Jackson tied there too. So it went to net points, Hoffman winning the Eight and Jackson placing second. Amr Hamdy, who learned Golf Croquet in Egypt and now lives in Canada, placed third.

With 2017 winner David Maloof not in the field, the First Eight was assured of a new winner. Top-ranked players Danny Huneycutt and Jeff Soo entered the final round with five wins each, leading the rest of the field, so the winner of their match would win the Eight. Soo won, 7-6, 7-6, the match-winning shot a lucky "in-off" shot to score the hoop after clearing an opponent ball. Cheryl Bromley, who had lost to Soo and Huneycutt on Day 1, won her five remaining matches to claim third place.

Hans Peterson was the Event Manager, with many SCCC club members volunteering to set courts and feed and house the players. Jeff Soo was the Tournament Director, assisted by Eileen Soo.

First Eight

First EightDHJSMGMWLMMACBPC
Huneycutt6-7, 6-76-7, 7-5, 6-77-5, 7-47-4, 5-7, 7-47-6, 5-7, 7-27-2, 7-37-6, 4-7, 7-1
Soo7-6, 7-67-3, 5-7, 7-66-7, 4-77-0, 7-37-4, 6-7, 7-37-3, 7-47-3, 7-5
Griffith7-6, 5-7, 7-63-7, 7-5, 6-75-7, 5-77-2, 7-55-7, 7-3, 4-77-2, 5-7, 3-73-7, 4-7
White5-7, 4-77-6, 7-47-5, 7-57-6, 7-27-1, 7-57-6, 4-7, 3-77-4, 4-7, 5-7
McBride4-7, 7-5, 4-70-7, 3-72-7, 5-76-7, 2-72-7, 7-5, 7-56-7, 7-5, 6-76-7, 6-7
Albert6-7, 7-5, 2-74-7, 7-6, 3-77-5, 3-7, 7-41-7, 5-77-2, 5-7, 5-77-4, 6-7, 4-77-2, 7-4
Bromley2-7, 3-73-7, 4-72-7, 7-5, 7-36-7, 7-4, 7-37-6, 5-7, 7-64-7, 7-6, 7-46-7, 7-3, 7-4
Carlin6-7, 7-4, 1-73-7, 5-77-3, 7-44-7, 7-4, 7-57-6, 7-62-7, 4-77-6, 3-7, 4-7
RankNameRecord
1Jeff Soo6/7, +8, +31
2Danny Huneycutt5/7, +4, +24
3Cheryl Bromley5/7, +1, -2
4Macey White4/7, +4, +9
5Peter Carlin3/7, -1, -13
6Michael Albert2/7, -3, -9
7Matt Griffith2/7, -4, -9
8Leo McBride1/7, -9, -31

Second Eight

Second EightAHHPBHSJDBDDGFRD
Hamdy6-7, 6-77-5, 7-34-7, 7-5, 7-47-4, 4-7, 7-53-7, 7-6, 6-77-3, 7-24-7, 7-2, 5-7
Peterson7-6, 7-67-5, 4-7, 6-75-7, 5-77-6, 7-47-5, 7-23-7, 4-74-7, 7-3, 3-7
Hoffman5-7, 3-75-7, 7-4, 7-67-3, 7-27-4, 7-47-3, 4-7, 5-77-5, 7-37-4, 7-5
Jackson7-4, 5-7, 4-77-5, 7-53-7, 2-77-5, 7-67-1, 5-7, 7-37-4, 7-27-4, 7-6
Boger4-7, 7-4, 5-76-7, 4-74-7, 4-75-7, 6-77-4, 7-27-3, 7-37-4, 7-5
Dixon7-3, 6-7, 7-65-7, 2-73-7, 7-4, 7-51-7, 7-5, 3-74-7, 2-77-0, 7-64-7, 5-7
Flowers3-7, 2-77-3, 7-45-7, 3-74-7, 2-73-7, 3-70-7, 6-77-6, 6-7, 6-4
Dell7-4, 2-7, 7-57-4, 3-7, 7-34-7, 5-74-7, 6-74-7, 5-77-4, 7-56-7, 7-6, 4-6
RankNameRecord
1William Hoffman5/7, +6, +21
2Stephen Jackson5/7, +6, +16
3Amr Hamdy4/7, +2, +13
4Hans Peterson3/7, +0, -3
5Dick Boger3/7, -1, +6
6Rich Dell3/7, -3, -8
7Donna Dixon3/7, -3, -15
8Gil Flowers2/7, -7, -30

Third Group

Third GroupKCTREGJCVPRR
Connery-Albert4-7, 3-77-4, 4-76-57-5, 7-35-7, 7-6
Russell7-4, 7-37-6, 7-57-63-7, 7-47-4, 7-1
Griffith4-7, 7-46-7, 5-75-74-7, 6-77-4, 7-3
Carlin5-66-77-57-37-5
Pierce5-7, 3-77-3, 4-77-4, 7-63-77-2, 7-0
Rose7-5, 6-74-7, 1-74-7, 3-75-72-7, 0-7
RankNameRecord
1Todd Russell8/9, +19
3Vernon Pierce5/9, +7
4Karen Connery-Albert5/9, -1
2Judy Carlin (DNF)3/5, +6
5Ellie Griffith3/9, -2
6Rusty Rose1/9, -29
7Arlene Stephens (WD)

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