Maui Croquet Club CROQUET NEWS:  United States Open Won by Paul Bennett

  Place Player, State Rank
  1st Paul Bennett, AZ United States of America #64
  2nd Britt Ruby, TX United States of America #232
  3rd Matt Baird, OK United States of America =229
  4th Paul Billings Maui Croquet Club, HI United States of America #270
  5th Rory Kelley, AZ United States of America #249
  Tony LeMoignan, JE Jersey #40
  7th Brian Cumming, ON Canada #100
  Jim Butts, CA United States of America #168
  Leo Nikora Maui Croquet Club, HI United States of America #262
  Erv Peterson, CA United States of America #268
  11th Johnny Mitchell, TX United States of America #256
  David Collins, CA United States of America #582
  13th Russell Brown, NY United States of America #378
  Ron Hendry, LA United States of America #542
  Aviv Katz, CA United States of America #547
  Rich Schiller, CA United States of America #653
  17th Mike Orgill, CA United States of America #367
  Rob Coleman, CA United States of America #698
  Wally Clark, OR United States of America  
  Bob Imoff, BC Canada  

6-10 December 2006
Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA, USA United States of America
by Leo Nikora in Maui Croquet Club News, Kihei, Hawaii, USA United States of America

Paul Bennett  
Paul Bennett receives the United States Open trophy from tournament director Stan Patmor.  

Paul Bennett of Arizona beat Britt Ruby of Texas in the finals of the United States Open. Matt Baird of Oklahoma came in third, and Paul Billings of Hawaii finished fourth.

Twenty people from the United States, Canada, and Jersey, played on six double-banked courts at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. The players' world rankings (as of 30 October 2006) ranged from #40 to #698. The courts were in excellent condition, even though they had been reseeded just a few month prior. The weather was excellent; being cold only on the first morning.

Two blocks of ten played a full round-robin. The winners of each block entered medalist play, and the next four finishers of each block advanced to knockout play. The winner of medalist play advanced to the finals of knockout play, and the loser advanced to the semi finals of knockout play.

Association Rules were followed. Games were two hours long. Wilhoit balls were used. Stan Patmor directed the tournament, and Rory Kelley managed the tournament.

A wonderful champagne brunch was held beside the court during the finals of the event. Ellery McClatchy hosted a marvelous dinner at his home. Stan Patmor put on a barbeque at the Casa Larrea Inn in Palm Desert, CA, where many of the players were staying.

Pictures are posted in the Maui Croquet Club Gallery.

Knockout

The second through fifth finishers of the two blocks (Block A and Block B) were seeded into an eight-player single-elimination knockout, with matches being one two-hour game. The winner played the loser of the medalist in the one two-hour game semi-final match. The winner of the semi-final match played the winner of the medalist in the best-of-three two-hour games final match.

  (1st) Paul Bennett, AZ United States of America [#64] Bennett
24-9
26tp-3
(2nd) Brian Cumming, ON Canada [#100] Ruby
18-14
Ruby
26-10
Ruby
22-13
Ruby
16-15
(5th) Britt Ruby, TX United States of America [#232]
(4th) Leo Nikora Maui Croquet Club, HI United States of America [#262] Kelley
22-11
(3rd) Rory Kelley, AZ United States of America [#249]
(3rd) Jim Butts, CA United States of America [#168] LeMoignan
20-9
Billings Maui Croquet Club
26-9
(4th) Tony LeMoignan, JE Jersey [#40]
(5th) Erv Peterson, CA United States of America [#266] Billings Maui Croquet Club
12-9
(2nd) Paul Billings Maui Croquet Club, HI United States of America [#270]
  (2nd) Matt Baird, OK United States of America [=229]

Medalist

The winners of the two blocks (Block A and Block B) played a best-of-three two-hour games medalist match. The winner advanced to the final match of knockout play, and the loser advanced to the semi-final match of knockout play.

Paul Bennett, AZ United States of America [#64] Bennett
26tp-0
26tp-2
Matt Baird, OK United States of America [=229]

Blocks

There were two ten-player blocks: Block A and Block B. Each block played a full round-robin, with matches being one two-hour game. The top five players advanced to knockout play.

* playoff game
Block A
Bennett Cumming Butts Mitchell Nikora Peterson Hendry Katz Schiller Coleman
Paul Bennett
AZ United States of America [#64]
1st
8, +142
  26-0 26tp-6 26-6 26-9 26-9 26-3 26dp-3 26tp-4
Brian Cumming
ON Canada [#100]
26-9 2nd
8, +128
26qdp-9 26tp-1 26tp-7   20-19 26-10 26tp-0 26-11
Jim Butts
CA United States of America [#168]
    3rd
6 wins
20-16 22-10 26-3 16-12   21-2 20-2
Johnny Mitchell
TX United States of America [#256]
      6th
5, +0
26-10   26-4 22-20 26-7 19-14
Leo Nikora Maui Croquet Club
HI United States of America [#262]
        4th
5, +18
26-2 26-12 26-8 19-7 26-9
Erv Peterson
CA United States of America [#268]
  26-18   26-10   5th
5, +17
  26-8 26-3 26-5
Ron Hendry
LA United States of America [#542]
          22-17 7th
3 wins
22-10 26-9  
Aviv Katz
CA United States of America [#547]
    15-14         8th
2, -87
  13-10
Rich Schiller
CA United States of America [#653]
              10-8 9th
2, -134
10-7
Rob Coleman
CA United States of America [#698]
            15-13     10th
1 win

* playoff game
Block B LeMoignan Baird Ruby Kelley Billings Orgill Brown Collins Clark Imoff
Tony LeMoignan
JE Jersey [#40]
4th
7, +64
  26-3 26tp-11   23-9 26-8 19-18 26tp-0 26tp-8
Matt Baird
OK United States of America [=229]
26-1 1st
7, +99
23-13   13-12 23-13   26-0 26-1 26-2
Britt Ruby
TX United States of America [#232]
    5th
5 wins
    15-11 26tp-1 26tp-23 26-2 26-6
Rory Kelley
AZ United States of America [#249]
  26-5 26-4 3rd
7, +69
  26-13 26-15 22-21 26-4 22-18
Paul Billings Maui Croquet Club
HI United States of America [#270]
26-0   26tp-12 22-12 2nd
7, +74
  17-15 11-10 12-2 26-9
Mike Orgill
CA United States of America [#367]
        10-5 7th
3, -26
    22-9 15-12
Russell Brown
NY United States of America [#378]
  21-20         8th
3, -37
18-13 26-3  
David Collins
CA United States of America [#582]
          17-11   6th
3, +1
26-9 26-11
Wally Clark
OR United States of America
                10th
0 wins
 
Bob Imoff
BC Canada
            19-9   10-7 9th
2 wins