2019 USCA National Golf Croquet Championships
October 10–14, National Croquet Center, West Palm Beach, FL
For complete scores see the croquetscores.com listing for the tournament.
ABDELWAHAB TRIPLE DOUBLE AT GC NATIONALS
Sherif Abdelwahab already held the records for most US national Golf Croquet titles, and longest streak of national GC doubles titles. And at the 2019 championships, he swept both titles for the third year in a row, extending his records to 13 overall GC national titles, and eight doubles titles in a row.
His opponent in the singles final was Blake Fields. Despite having just turned thirteen, Fields is already a seasoned player, having won last year’s doubles title (partnered with Abdelwahab), and having played in the Under 21 GC World Championship this summer. His performance throughout the Knockout was an impressive display of talent and grace under pressure. Abdelwahab won the final 7-6, 7-6, and to do that he to play at the top of his game. For young Blake, the sky’s the limit.
Abdelwahab’s partner this year was David Maloof, the pair having also won this event here in 2016. In the finals they faced Ahab Dincer (Sherif’s younger brother) and Macey White. Abdelwahab and Maloof ran out a comfortable 7-2 win in the first game. Dincer and White fought back well in game 2, leading to tactical battles around the final hoops, before Abdelwahab and Maloof finished out 7-5.
Other notable performances came from Cody Kittle, playing in his first tournament ever, and reaching the final of the Championship Singles Plate; Helen Covington, playing her second tournament ever and reaching the First Flight finals in both singles and doubles; First Flight doubles champions Gil Flowers and Rich Dell, and First Flight singles champion Ellie Griffith.
Championship Doubles Plate
Championship Singles Plate
First Flight Doubles
First Flight Singles
First Flight Doubles Plate
First Flight Singles Plate