The Rochester Croquet Club recently hosted it’s ninth annual doubles tournament, American rules, at the Grace & Truth Sports Park in Hilton.
“Waterford-style doubles is a great way to plan a friendly tournament where handicaps and abilities can vary widely,” said Sue Sherer, tournament co-director.
“You play with a different partner each game, which really levels the playing field,” said Linda Bowers, tournament co-director. “Individual scores are kept for each game, with wins, net points and gross points determining final seeding to a finals ladder.”
In the end, two Syracuse players and four Greater Rochester players took home the honors this year. First-place winners were Larry Cranfield and Sheila McLeod, second place went to Sue Laging and Lee Kirk and third was captured by Shirley Wilbur and Peter Sherer. Cranfield and Wilbur drove from the Syracuse area to compete; this was Wilbur’s first tournament.
The four Syracuse players invited Rochester Croquet Club members to play at their venue in Camillus later this summer.
“It is always a delight to play there,” Sue Sherer said. “Their members enjoy having friendly games with players they do not play with all the time, just as we do. When you are always playing with the same people, you get to anticipate their skill level and strategy. As you play at other courts around the country, it makes you work harder on keeping your own game sharp.”
Rochester Croquet Club has regular play dates, and invites the public to play three times for free. Email roccroquet@gmail.com or visit bit.ly/2Naw0P7 for information.