2020 Chesapeake Bay One-Day Tournaments
May 30–31, Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club, Hartfield, VA
Saturday was one full day of American 6-Wicket croquet. There were two flights with 12 players in Championship Flight and 9 players in First Flight. Both flights were played by the Swiss-Format (see article about Swiss-Format in the most recent copy of Croquet News magazine). All players played 4 games and the championship flight was dominated by former National Champion Doug Grimsley. Doug was challenged by top notch player Adam Lassiter in a great dueling finish. Adam is an example of a very good player who benefits well from the one-day format. Adam works a fulltime job and raises a family and has a hard time getting away for longer tournaments.
First Flight on Saturday had a wide variety of skill levels. Experienced player Bo Prillaman was the highest ranked player and there were several players who were playing in their first tournament ever. Good sportsmanship prevailed and when there was a big mismatch in experience, the more experienced players coached the less experienced opponents and the games became educational. Bo won the flight in an exciting final game against a very good Doug Murphy.
On Sunday, May 31, everyone played golf croquet. There were 22 players on Sunday and all 22 played in the Championship flight. Half of the players were playing in their first ever sanctioned GC tournament. Everyone played 5 games. A few new stars rose to the top on May 31. The favorites going into the tournament were Charles Fleming, a St John’s grad with a 2400 DGrade who had never lost a tournament GC game, and Macey White with a 2240 DGrade who made the USA team last year. Macey was bumped out of contention in a close 7-6 match with Charles Fleming and Charles was bumped out in the next to last round by the tournament winner Rick Darnell. Rick won several games 7-6, including the finals match against up and coming star Bill Simmons.
American Six-Wicket Championship Singles
American Six-Wicket First Flight Singles
Golf Croquet Singles