Our new world champion

United Club member Josh Freeth today became the Under 21 Golf Croquet World Champion beating Egyptian Marwan El Sabarouti. The best-of-three final went to the wire with scores of 5-7, 7-6, 7-6. Josh was 4-6 down in the last game but managed to score the final three hoops to win. Josh and Marwan qualify to play in the Golf Croquet World Champs held in Bay of Plenty 7-15 February 2015.

The championship was held at United Croquet Club 1-5 February 2015. Many thanks to Gordon Smith for managing, Chris Clarke for preparing the lawns, including 6:30am starts setting hoops, Lena Metcalf and her team for Tuesday’s meal and the daily BBQ, and many other helpers.

Josh Freeth (3rd from right), Marwan El Sabarouti (2nd from right), Felix Webby, Harry Dodge, Logan McCorkingdale, Lachlan Hughes and John-Paul Moberly

Left-to-right: John-Paul Moberley, Logan McCorkindale, Lachlan Hughes, Felix Webby,  Josh Freeth (winner), Marwan El Sabarouti (runner-up), Harry Dodge

Final placings are:
Winner: Josh Freeth (Canterbury)
Runner-up: Marwan El Sabarouti (Egypt)
Third: Felix Webby (Taranaki)
Forth: Harry Dodge (England)

Plate (players who did not make the knock out)
Winner: Logan McCorkingdale (South Canterbury)
Runner-up: Nadine El Manoufi (Egypt)

Bowl (players eliminated in the first round of the knock out)
Winner: Lachlan Hughes (Wanganui)
Runner-up: Shaun Theobald (Wellington)

Shield (players eliminated in the second round of the knock out)
Winner: John-Paul Moberly (England)
Runner-up: Hemi McLaren

Detailed results are at www.croquetscores.com/2015/gc/wcf-u21-world-championships-1

The first Under 21 GC World Championship was played in Cairo, Egypt in 2009. This was won by Duncan Dixon.

The second championship was played in Hunstanton, England in 2011 and was won by Moustafa Nezar of Egypt.

Video taken during the championship

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Final between Marwan and Josh – clip 1 (opens in a new tab)

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A successful MAGAK weekend

The MAGAK event started in 2007. Sponsored by Kathie and Malcolm Grant, it comprises one days coaching followed by a 3-day open event. This years event was held in the South Island for the first time at United. Jenny and Chris Clarke provided the coaching on Friday and then 16 players ranging from -4 to 6 played a swiss event with prizes in different handicap ranges on Sat to Mon.

The temperature varied from 22 to 8 degrees and the lawns were running around 10-11 seconds until Mondays rain. Jenny Clarke was fast out of the blocks, recording a number of triples, but suffered a defeat to Peter Couch, who after taking 4.5 hours to beat a Tony O’Donnell (handicap 6) in the first game, managed to complete a tpo to beat Jenny.
Elsewhere, Richard Kimberley reached 5/5 before dropping a game to Geoff Duckett and Kathie Grant moved into contention on 3/4 after beating Jenny. Ed Cunningham was playing plenty of games and had just two losses, so was another possible winner.

Losses for Peter and Kathie on Monday morning meant that only 3 players could win. Richard played Jenny in the final round and sealed his biggest ever tournament win to finish with 7/8 and take $700 in prize money. Geoff Duckett was runner-up with 6/8. Best 0 to 2 was Peter Couch. Best 2+ was won by one of the higher handicap players, Ian Campbell who played particularly well during the event. Graeme Fisher won the prize for most points gained on handicap card not to win another prize.
Many thanks to Kathie and Malcolm for bringing this great event South.

For those of you on mid handicaps thinking about whether to play in some open events, I’ll finish with a comment from Ian Campbell, one of the highest handicap players “thank you for urging me to enter the tournament this past weekend. I wouldn’t have given it a second thought as being out of my league“.

The results and prise money were:
Winner and best -2 to -0.5 (with $500 plus $200): Richard Kimberley
Runner-up ($250): Geoff Duckett
Best 0 to 2 ($200): Peter Couch
Best 2.5+ ($200): Ian Campbell
Most index points gained not to win another prize ($150): Graeme Fisher.

Full game results are on Croquet Scores (opens in a new tab/window).

Richard Kimberley: Winner of the MAGAK and best -2 to -0.5

Richard Kimberley: Winner of the 2014 MAGAK and best -2 to -0.5

Geoff-Duckett: Runner-up of the 2014 MAGAK

Geoff-Duckett: Runner-up of the 2014 MAGAK

Peter Couch: Best 0 to 2

Peter Couch: Best 0 to 2

Ian Campbell: Best 2.5+

Ian Campbell: Best 2.5+

Graeme Fisher: Most index points gained not to win another prize

Graeme Fisher: Most index points gained not to win another prize

Chris Clarke coaching a group at the 2014 MAGAK

Chris Clarke coaching a group at the 2014 MAGAK



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United Weekend Tournament

The regular United Weekend Tournament was held on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 September. The forecast rain did not appear, with only a couple of brief showers.

There were 11 entries in the Open event which was won by Michael Wright with Jenny Clarke runner-up.

The handicap event was won by Edmund Fordyce with Kent Caddick runner-up. Edmund pegged out his three handicap games on Saturday and played an extra game in the Open event, beating Graeme Fisher. Edmund started the weekend on handicap 4. His handicap reduced to 3 and the manager, Chris Clarke, also made a non-automatic change to 1.5.

Edmund’s mother Carolyn played two games  in the handicap event when Maurice Cook was unable to play.

Thanks to Margaret Stoddart Retirement Village for sponsoring the weekend.logo-margaret-stoddart

Full results can be found at CroquetScores.com.


Edmund Fordyce (right), winner of the United weekend handicap and runner-up Kent Caddick

Michael Wright, winner of the United Weekend Open and runner-up Jenny Clarke

Michael Wright, winner of the United Weekend Open and runner-up Jenny Clarke

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