A total of 61 players in singles and doubles descended upon the Sarasota County Croquet Club in Venice, Florida to kick off the first GC tournament of the 2024 season, the USCA Florida GC Regional.
A huge “Thank You” to Nancy Hart, Tournament Manager, and her hospitality team of volunteers along with Jim Coling and his lawns’ team for taking such good care of the players and lawns! Everyone went above and beyond to make this event happen.
Photo above left: Nancy Hart & Sue Williams; Middle: Mark Claff, Jim Coling, Doug Ledgett, and John Ayers. Right: Penn Pendleton, Chris Smith, and Karen Weihs took advantage of the comfortable rockers courtside.
The USCA Regional featured doubles and singles matches starting with Block play, then Knock Out and Plate consolation events in two flights. The play was extraordinary and, despite torrential rains on Saturday morning, this hearty group of croquet aficionados could not be deterred.
Congratulations to our 2024 Champions!
Championship Flight Singles Winner: Brian Lozano
Singles Finalist: Hassan Raqem
Singles Plate Winner: Helen Covington
Championship Flight Doubles Winners: Kent Lovvorn and Matt Griffith
Doubles Finalists: Brian Lozano and Amr Hamdy
Doubles Consolation Winners: Bo Prillaman and Billy Harper
Left: 2024 Singles Champion Brian Lozano with FL RVP Bill Simmons, and Finalist Hassan Raqem. Right: Doubles Finalists Brian Lozano and Amr Hamdy, TD Cheryl Bromley, Doubles Champions Kent Lovvorn and Matt Griffith, and FL RVP Bill Simmons.
Left: TD Cheryl Bromley with Singles Plate Winner Helen Covington. Right: Doubles Plate Winners Bo Prillaman and Billy Harper
Spoerl Takes Top Honors in First Flight Singles and Doubles
Scott Spoerl plowed through the field of competitors to capture both the First Flight Singles title and the First Flight Doubles title with his wife, Jan Spoerl.
First Flight Results
FF Singles Champion: Scott Spoerl
FF Singles Finalist: Bruce Hindin
FF Singles Plate Winner: Priscilla Flowers
FF Doubles Champions: Scott Spoerl and Jan Spoerl
FF Doubles Finalists: Lynda Bjorklund and Anne Killilea
FF Doubles Consolation Winners: Tim and Julie Wright
Above Left: First Flight Doubles Finalists Lynda Bjorklund and Anne Killilea, FF Doubles Champions Scott Spoerl and Jan Spoerl and FF Singles Finalist Bruce Hindin. Middle photo: TD Cheryl Bromley with FF Plate Winner Priscilla Flowers. Right photo: Tim Wright and Julie Wright captured the First Flight Doubles Consolation title.