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2024 The Grand Cup

Cheryl Bromley - TD | Published on 4/26/2024

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THE GRAND CUP

Hosted by the Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa and the Lakewood Club Fairhope, Alabama

April 25-28, 2024

 

Cardo and Russell Reign as Grand Cup Champions

 

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Above left: Championship Flight Singles Champion Bev Cardo (center)

with Assistant TD Cheryl Bromley (left) and TD Larkin Harris (right).

Above right: First Flight Singles Champion Todd Russell with TD Larkin Harris.

 

It was a beautiful stretch of sunny weather in Fairhope, Alabama for the inaugural Grand Cup 2024. The two regulation croquet lawns were buzzing with activity as eight top female and male visiting professionals led participants through semi-private clinics followed by an afternoon Pro-Am on the first day. A lovely outdoor Welcome Reception by the water topped off the evening at the Grand Hotel.

 

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Above: Members of the Lakewood Croquet Club took to the lawns for morning clinics with the visiting pros followed by an afternoon Pro-Am.

 

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Pro-Am Winners

Above left: Blue Division Winners Rodney Workman (Onwentsia Club, IL) and Mike Gordon (Lakewood Club, AL)

Above right: Orange Division Winners Barbara Mudd (Lakewood Club, AL) and Matt Griffith (Kactus Creek Croquet Club, MO)

 

A USCA sanctioned singles tournament began the next day with block play in two divisions, Championship and First Flight.  Spectators sat courtside and were treated to spectacular shot-making and smart tactical play each day.  A cross-block Knockout was seeded from the final positions of block play with final results posted below and more detailed match results listed on www.croquetscores.com.  A fun Pro-Doubles round robin completed the weekend as the finals of the First Flight battled it out on Sunday.

 

Championship Flight Results

Champion: Bev Cardo

Finalist: Kent Lovvorn

Tied for 3rd: Cheryl Bromley & Marc Stearns

Consolation Winner: Matt Griffith

Consolation Finalist: Debbie Davidoff

Tied for 7th: Ellie Griffith & Rodney Workman

 

First Flight Results

FF Champion: Todd Russell

Finalist: Rick Hayes

Tied for 3rd: Susan Koepp & MaryCarol Stearns

Consolation Winner: Brian Midkiff

Consolation Finalist: Alan Porche

Tied for 7th: Barbara Mudd & Bess Gallanis

 

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