Sarasota County Croquet Club Winter Invitational
December 13-15, Venice, FL
The Sarasota County Croquet Club held its 2019 Winter Invitational tournament December 13- 15. We were blessed with near perfect weather with only one short rain squall Saturday morning. We started our event with a banquet at the Manasota Beach Club Wednesday night. We furnished breakfast and lunch every day and had our monthly club potluck on Saturday night.
There were 34 players in four flights. There were so many championship level players that we had to make up two Championship flights A and B of ten players each. The competition for the most part was very tough with 22 games being decided by one wicket. The winners were determined by wins only. Any ties were decided by a playoff.
In Championship A flight Webster Bull won all 7 of his games and Chris Barley won 6 games to take second place. In Championship B flight Stephen Grassbaugh took first place and Tony Dos Santos came in second.
There were five participants playing in their first sanctioned tournament. Brand Shank was one of them and won all of his games in the first flight. Chris Smith was the runner up. In second flight the top two were also new tournament players. Lori Matway and Randy Reid tied with 5 wins each so had to have a playoff game. This was a tough match with Lori pulling it out by one wicket on last ball.
This was rather a sad event for us as it was the first tournament without our beloved founder and mentor Fred Jones.
—Gary Anderson, Tournament Director
Championship A Flight
Championship B Flight