A smashing time at SA Golf Croquet Nationals

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CROQUET CHAMP: Vice president of the SA Croquet Association Paul McCreadie congratulates open singles champion Victor Dladla at the prize giving for the SA Nationals Golf Croquet Tournament recently Picture: JON HOUZET
CROQUET CHAMP: Vice president of the SA Croquet Association Paul McCreadie congratulates open singles champion Victor Dladla at the prize giving for the SA Nationals Golf Croquet Tournament recently Picture: JON HOUZET

A SUCCESSFUL SA Nationals Golf Croquet Tournament was hosted by the Port Alfred Bowling and Croquet Club last week and played on perfect lawns.

The competition brought together 60 players from around the country, which saw top player Victor Dladla from Gauteng win the open singles, handicap singles and the open doubles with teammate Thomas More.

Dladla already has his name inscribed on both singles trophies about half a dozen times.

There are two types of croquet – golf and association, which are like draughts and chess in that golf croquet is a simplified form of the game.  Golf croquet matches take half an hour as opposed to three hours, and don’t involve much strategy.

There are 12 hoops and the first person through the hoop scores. It’s a 13 point game and the first person to 7 is the winner. If it is 6-all then the decider is the 13th point. When the 12th hoop has been played the decider is played at the 13th hoop.

Players start with a handicap of 12, and improve until a scratch player has a handicap of 0.

Men and women play on equal terms.

Tournament manager Alf Steck said the visiting players love coming to Port Alfred and the tournament provided a little boost to tourism.

“The weather played ball except for a thunderstorm one afternoon and gale force winds on one day,” Steck said.

“A great thank you to those members who worked tirelessly all week to make the tournament a great success which was appreciated by all the visiting players.”

The Port Alfred club has put in a bid to host the 2020 SA Nationals.

Results:

Restricted Handicap Doubles – Duncan Miller and Jo Meintjes (Gauteng)

Restricted Handicap Singles – Jo Meintjes (Gauteng)

Handicap Doubles – Richard Prosser and Peter Johnson (Western Cape)

Handicap Singles – Victor Dladla (Gauteng)

Open Doubles – Victor Dladla and Thomas More (Gauteng)

Open Singles – Victor Dladla (Gauteng)

“Victor Dladla displayed his extreme talent and we saw why he is rated as one of the top ten players in the world,” Steck said.

Dladla will represent South Africa at the World Championships.

In other club news, the Christmas lunch will be held on December 16 and members are encouraged to put their names on the list if they want to attend.

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