Rochester Croquet Club recently held its fifth annual American Rules Invitational at Grace and Truth Sports park, a private venue owned by First Bible Baptist Church in Hilton.
The invitational is a U.S. Croquet Association-sanctioned tournament. With 18 participants playing on two, three-quarter size courts, almost all games were double banked.
Block play seeded to semifinals and finals in championship and first flight. With more players in second flight, block play seeded to playoffs before the semifinals and finals. High/low doubles used wins and net points to determine the doubles finals players.
Club members provided homemade food for each meal. The Rochester event followed the Buffalo tournament from the previous weekend, with 10 people playing in both locations.
“It definitely makes it more worthwhile when players are going to spend time and money to travel to a tournament to have these two on back-to-back weekends,” said Sue Sherer, tournament manager. “There are so many great attractions in the area, including Niagara Falls, that filling the three days between tournaments is no problem. With participants this year from Oregon, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and across New York state, saving on travel costs by having the two tournaments together really helps.”
Tournament prizes included framed watercolor prints by local artist Cordell Cordaro, editor of Art House Press.
“We find that there are people who wish to collect all of them and will drive some distance to purchase one of the few additional prints we have made each year,” Sherer said. “Both Buffalo and Rochester had waiting lists, and I have advised folks to get their registrations in early next year if they wish to be included in both venues.”
For three players, it was their first USCA tournament. Mike Romano, of Fort Mill, South Carolina, said it was a great experience.
“Everyone was terrific about sharing strategy tips and being courteous on the courts,” he said. “It was a wonderful tournament experience and I learned a great deal.”
Officials reported the following tournament results.
Championship flight singles: Rich Laging, Arthur Olsen, Steve Grassbaugh and Rick Alderson.
First flight singles: Ryan Thompson, Leo Leither, Lee Anderson and Gary Anderson.
Second flight singles: Byron Hicks, Norm Pike, Linda Bowers, Christine Smith, Anne Licursi, John Webb, Peter Bowers and Mike Romano.
High/low doubles: Rich Curtis and Linda Pike, Rick Alderson and Peter Bowers, Lee Anderson and Mike Romano, Art Olsen and Linda Bowers, Ryan Thompson and Byron Hicks, Rich Laging and Christine Smith, Leo Leither and John Webb, and Gary Anderson and Norm Pike.