Spring Fling golf croquet tourney draws 32 players
The annual Golf Croquet Spring Fling tournament at Victoria Park lawns in Te Awamutu attracted 32 players including visitors from Pukekohe, Te Aroha, Claudelands, Hamilton East, Putaruru, Te Kuiti, Otorohanga and Matamata.
Club captain Jean Fisher reports some outstanding play and close results made for an interesting time for the organisers to finalise placings, particularly in the second division.
First division resulted in a clear-cut win for Vanessa Hanna and David Johnson of Hamilton East who won all five of their games.
Second place in first division went to Jeanette Dyer and Edwina Jamieson of Claudelands with four wins.
Jenny Lesley and Lynette Bennett (Putaruru) took out the second division with four wins.
A countback on points differential was required to decide the runners-up after four teams emerged with three wins each. Wendy Tuck and Joan Martin (Claudelands) filled second spot with a differential of +6 from Anne Kennedy and Graeme Wood (Putaruru) +5, Brian Richardson (Te Kuiti) and Shirley Egglestone (Te Awamutu) even and Noeline Horne and Sandra Stutsbury (Pukekohe) -3. The tournament was sponsored by Highfield Country Estate.
Te Awamutu Croquet Club opened for the season in September and has been busy with competitions and tournaments ever since. The Association Croquet Doubles Tournament was contested by 16 players in two divisions.
The winner and runner-up in division one were Gwen Falconer (Waihi) and Jim Gilligan (Katikati) respectively. Division two was won by Neville White (Te Awamutu) with Anne White (Te Awamutu) second.
The club has welcomed several new players to Golf Croquet recently, helping boost club membership a little.
However, Fisher said the club is always hopeful that they may seen some younger players and men who are willing to join the club and try the full game of croquet.
“Croquet is not just a ladies game men. Other clubs in our region have quite a strong following of me playing the game. New players of any age are welcome.”
Lessons are offered in both forms of the game (golf croquet, association croquet). Further details can be obtained from Jean Fisher 07 871 4427.
Claudelands’ Sue Truman on her way to making 12 hoops in one turn during Te Awamutu Croquet Club’s annual two-day singles championship.