Accidental player comes up trumps
Camborne man Bob McKenzie competed in the golf croquet nationals this month pretty much by chance – with startling results.
A last- minute check by tournament manager Tom Berryman revealed another player’s handicap made him ineligible to play.
The +4 handicap singles tournament was held at Plimmerton Croquet Club where McKenzie, a keen golf croquet player, is a groundsman.
His handicap made him an ideal replacement for the tournament from January 2 till 8, and he was diverted from setting up the courts to being one of 12 contestants.
They were required to play single games in a double round robin, meaning a possible 22 games over four days.
In spectacular fashion, McKenzie cleaned up with 16 wins. Second was Lynette Grant of Hawke’s Bay with 14 wins.
Eight doubles teams, from Wellington, Hawke’s Bay and Nelson, also competed.
Roger Hurnard and Louise Starkey from Khandallah won six matches to claim the doubles title.
Better late than never: Camborne’s Bob McKenzie receives the cup for winning the +4 handicap golf croquet competition from Kelvin Watson, president of the Wellington Croquet Association.