2021 Golf Croquet News

CANTERBURY Croquet Club got their 2021 external league season off to a flying start by winning the Kent one-ball tournament.

They beat teams from Ramsgate, Surbiton and Medway on their home ground at Polo Farm on Sunday. It was their first victory in the annual competition, which they hosted this year.

The prize of bottles of prosecco for the player who scored the most hoops in one turn, three, was won by Charlie Martin of Ramsgate.

THERE was no stopping Dave Buckman at the annual Kent Golf Croquet Cup tournament at Polo Farm, Canterbury.

Twelve players from Ramsgate, Tunbridge Wells, Surbiton and Canterbury competed and only tournament organiser Trevor Longman (1) beat Buckman (3) on his way to the final.

Buckman defeated, among others, scratch player Bob Ellis, Ramsgate and David Dray (minus 2).

In the first game of the best-of-three final Buckman and Ramsgate’s Todd Ballantine (3) were neck and neck all the way. Buckman won the golden hoop decider. When Buckman went 3-2 ahead in game two Ballantine lost momentum and Buckman went on to win 6-3 and take the trophy.

The Canterbury Croquet Club mixed doubles tournament, played yesterday at Polo Farm.(August 10)

FORMER club chairman Barry Sales and Mick Grady clinched the Canterbury Croquet Club golf croquet mixed doubles tournament in a close encounter at Polo Farm, Canterbury, on Tuesday.

The scores were level for most of the final against tournament organiser Stephen Barber and Pam Godden but Sales and Grady scored the final hoop for a 7-5 victory.

It was Sales’s third win in this competition.   twenty players took part in the eliminating rounds.

Club chairman Henry Bryant is pictured handing the Frank Hughes trophy to Grady, left, and Sales, watched by Pam Godden and Barber.

 Simon Roberts, winner of the Canterbury Croquet Club high handicappers golf croquet tournament at Polo Farm on Tuesday. (Sept 7) He is receiving the Debbie Buckman Cup, from Debbie’s mother, club member Ann Poole. Left is runner up Ashley Lupin. The final went to the wire with Roberts winning the golden hoop. The cup was given by Debbie’s husband, David Buckman, in memory of his late wife, a key member of the club who died recently. Tournament organiser Stephen Barber, said the event gave the 14 higher handicap players who took part a chance to gain matchplay experience.