Ted Pren­tis, cro­quet leg­end, dies at 68”

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By CON­NER MITCHELL

A gi­ant in the world of cro­quet, Ted Pren­tis left a le­gacy through­out South Florida and the world be­fore his death this month in Ber­muda.

Ed­mund Ast­ley Pren­tis IV, 68, died May 11 in a mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent.

He was in town, nat­u­rally, for a cro­quet tour­na­ment.

Prior to that, he had be­come the world’s first full­time cro­quet pro­fes­sional. He won a record eight U.S. Cro­quet As­so­ci­a­tion ti­tles be­fore be­ing in­ducted into the sport’s hall of fame in 1989.

He made in­struc­tional videos and be­came cro­quet’s his­to­rian, con­tribut­ing to what the as­so­ci­a­tion called its “growth and en­joy­ment” in the United States.

All the while, Mr. Pren­tis was the long­time pro at Palm Beach Polo & Coun­try Club in Welling­ton and main­tained a res­i­dence in Del­ray Beach, along with homes in Westhamp­ton Beach, N.Y., and Cluj-Napoca, Ro­ma­nia, where he had re­tired.

“He ba­si­cally was the USCA,” said Johnny Mitchell, the a s s o c i a t i o n ’s pres­i­dent. “He knew ev­ery­one. He’s been ev­ery­where. His pass­ing is a big loss just in the his­tory of the USCA.

“He’ll missed.”

The New York-born and Columbia Univer­sity-ed­u­cated Mr. Pren­tis first struck a ball with a mal­let as a teenager at Westhamp­ton Mal­let Club on Long Is­land.

Ser­vices are sched­uled June 3 at 2:30 p.m. at the Westhamp­ton Pres­by­te­rian Church in Westhamp­ton Beach, N.Y. be ex­tremely

Mr. Pren­tis

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