The Lawn Club at Grace and Truth SportsPark in Hilton recently hosted its fourth annual American Six-Wicket Invitational, welcoming participants from five states and Canada.
Syracuse player Larry Cranfield, 4 handicap, bested Rich Curtis, of Rochester, -1 1/2 handicap, in an upset during the first games of the tournament, earning Cranfield enough tracking points to lower his official handicap to 3.5 with the U.S. Croquet Association. Curtis went on to win the Championship Singles flight by defeating Florida player Michael Gibbons.
In First Flight Singles, Lawn Club member Rich Laging, of Hilton, brought home first place with Ryan Thompson, of Buffalo, placing second. Norm Pike, of North Carolina, won in Second Flight while Gregg Hannah brought home the second-place win.
In the High/Low Doubles, victory came in last play when John Donohue, of Georgia, scored a wicket from a long approach shot to take home first with partner Lloyd Hadden, of New Hampshire. Second-place honors went to Curtis and Linda Bowers, both local club members.
All winners received a framed, limited edition, croquet-themed watercolor print created by Cordell Cordaro, local professional artist and editor-in-chief for art magazine Art House Press.
The Lawn Club welcomes new players for both American rules and golf croquet. The courts are open at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays and 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Grace and Truth SportsPark, 373 N. Greece Road, Hilton.
For information, call 585-474-3753 or visit bit.ly/2wyapvu.