Ted Prentis, croquet legend, dies at 68”
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.
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