Maui Croquet Club CROQUET NEWS:  United States Open Won by Jerry Stark

  Place Player, State Rank, Grade
  1st Jerry Stark, CA United States of America #1, 2479
  2nd Matt Baird, OK United States of America #28, 2015
  3rd Brian Cumming, ON Canada #2, 2467
  4th Rich Lamm, CO United States of America #10, 2349
  5th Paul Bennett, AZ United States of America #7, 2395
  6th Ron Hendry, CA United States of America #44, 1834
  7th Danny Huneycutt, NC United States of America #3, 2453
    Jim Butts, CA United States of America #32, 1977
  9th Rory Kelley, AZ United States of America #22, 2058
    Jim Bast, TX United States of America #23, 2048
    Leo Nikora Maui Croquet Club, HI United States of America #36, 1932
    Russell Brown, NY United States of America #46, 1815
  13th Mike Orgill, CA United States of America #48, 1785
    Aviv Katz, CA United States of America #66, 1625
    David Collins, CA United States of America #76, 1569
    Rob Coleman, CA United States of America #97, 1413
  17th Charlie Smith, CA United States of America #52, 1767
    Arthur Bagby, CA United States of America =62, 1665
    Len Lyon, CA United States of America =81, 1542
    Marty Foroughi, CA United States of America #91, 1476

5-9 December 2007
Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, CA, USA United States of America
by Leo Nikora

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Jerry Start (middle) receives the United States Open trophy from tournament director Stan Patmor (left) and manager Rory Kelley (right).  

Jerry Stark of California beat Matt Baird of Oklahoma in the finals of the United States. Stark won the United States Open previously in 2005 (see past winners).

Twenty people from the United States and Canada played on seven double-banked courts at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. The players' North American rankings (as of 21 November 2007) ranged from #1 to #97, including five of the top ten players. The courts were in fair condition, and a new court had been added. The weather was mixed; being cold most days, and rainy one day; and there was snow in the mountains.

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. Players eliminated from the blocks and knockout competed in plate play.

Advanced Association Rules were followed. Games were two hours long, with last turns and sudden death if necessary. 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.

  Year Winner, State
  2006 Paul Bennett, AZ United States of America
  2005 Jerry Stark, CA United States of America
  2004 Paul Bennett, AZ United States of America
  2003 Rich Lamm, CO United States of America
  2002 Rich Lamm, CO United States of America
  2001 David Maugham England United Kingdom
  2000 Jeremy Dyer England United Kingdom
  1999 Jacques Fournier, AZ United States of America
  1998 Jacques Fournier, AZ United States of America
  1997 Leo McBride, ON Canada
  1996 Don Fournier, Jr, AZ United States of America
  1995 Mik Mehas, CA United States of America
  1994 Phil Arnold, CA United States of America
  1993 Wayne Rodoni, CA United States of America
  1992 Bob Rebuschatis, CA United States of America
  1991 John Taves, CA United States of America
  1990 Bob Rebuschatis, CA United States of America
  1989 Wayne Rodoni, CA United States of America
  1988 Neil Spooner Australia

Pictures are posted in the Maui Croquet Club Gallery.

Knockout

The second through fifth finishers of the two blocks (Blue Block and Black Block) 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) Jerry Stark, CA United States of America [#1] Stark
26tp-0
26tp-17
(2nd) Danny Huneycutt, NC United States of America [#3] Baird
20-17
Baird
12-9
Baird
26-2
Baird
21-18
(5th) Matt Baird, OK United States of America [#28]
(4th) Jim Bast, TX United States of America [#23] Bennett
26-2
(3rd) Paul Bennett, AZ United States of America [#7]
(3rd) Rich Lamm, CO United States of America [#10] Lamm
18-11
Lamm
18-11
(4th) Rory Kelley, AZ United States of America [#22]
(5th) Jim Butts, CA United States of America [#32] Butts
23-11
(2nd) Ron Hendry, CA United States of America [#44]
  (2nd) Brian Cumming, ON Canada [#2]

Jerry Stark over Matt Baird 26tp-0, 26tp-1

Game One
Stark took the first break to hoop #4-back, and set a new standard leave.
Baird lifted ball at hoop #4 to the B baulk line, but missed the roquet on East boundary.
Stark ran a delayed triple peel.

Game Two
Baird took the first break to hoop #4-back, and set a diagonal spread leave.
Stark lifted ball at hoop #2 to the B baulk line, but missed the roquet on
East boundary.
Baird got on peel of an on-time triple, failed the peel of penultimate with
a death roll, and then missed a 10-foot roquet in front of hoop #2-back.
Stark ran to hoop #4-back, and set a new standard leave.
Baird lifted forward(?) ball at hoop #2 to B baulk, but missed roquet on
East boundary.
Stark ran an on-time triple.

Medalist

The winners of the two blocks (Blue Block and Red Block) 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.

Brian Cumming, ON Canada [#2] Stark
26-14
22-26
26tp-22
Jerry Stark, CA United States of America [#1]

Stark over Cumming 26-14, 22-26, 26tp-22

In the last game, Stark came from behind 0-23 to win!

Plate

The sixth through tenth finishers of the two blocks (Blue Block and Black Block) were seeded into an ten-player single-elimination plate, and the losers of the first two rounds of the knockout were also added to the plate.

  Paul Bennett
AZ United States of America [#7]
Bennett
26tp-2
Bennett
26tp-0
Bennett
26-20
  (6th) Leo Nikora Maui Croquet Club
HI United States of America [#36]
Nikora
26-1
(7th) Charlie Smith
CA United States of America [#52]

Katz
11-7

(9th) Aviv Katz
CA United States of America [#66]
(10th) David Collins
CA United States of America [#76]
Collins
(default)
Bast
(default)
Huneycutt
26tp-0
(8th) Arthur Bagby
CA United States of America [=62]
  Jim Bast
TX United States of America [#23]
  Danny Huneycutt
NC United States of America [#3]
  Jim Butts
CA United States of America [#32]
Butts
26-8
Hendry
23-11
  Rory Kelley
AZ United States of America [#22]
Kelley
25-8
(8th) Len Lyon
CA United States of America [=81]
Coleman
(default)
(10th) Rob Coleman
CA United States of America [#97]
(9th) Marty Foroughi
CA United States of America [#91]
Brown
(default)
Brown
16-12
Hendry
26-20
(7th) Russell Brown
NY United States of America [#46]
  (6th) Mike Orgill
CA United States of America [#48]
  Ron Hendry
CA United States of America [#44]

Blocks

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

* playoff game
Blue Block
Cumming Huneycutt Kelley Bast Nikora Hendry Smith Collins Lyon Foroughi
Brian Cumming
ON Canada [#2]
1st
9 wins
26-15 26-20 26-17 26-9 26-19 27tp-8 26-11 26-11 26tp-1
Danny Huneycutt
NC United States of America [#3]
  2nd
7 wins
26-0   26-9 26-9 21-13 26-0 26-2 26-3
Rory Kelley
AZ United States of America [#22]
    3rd
6, +76
26-2 26-8   26-9 26-0 26-3 26-1
Jim Bast
TX United States of America [#23]
  26-12   4th
6, +63
26-18   24-15 26-4 26-7 26-1
Leo Nikora Maui Croquet Club
HI United States of America [#36]
        6th
5, +15
23-18 26-8 21-13 21-2 26-0
Ron Hendry
CA United States of America [#44]
    26-2 23-22   5th
5, +34
17-7 26-3   22-13
Charlie Smith
CA United States of America [#52]
            7th
3, –34
26-1 26-5 17-10
David Collins
CA United States of America [#76]
              10th
0 wins
   
Len Lyon
CA United States of America [=81]
          17-16   16-7 8th
3, –105
12-6
Marty Foroughi
CA United States of America [#91]
              22-1   9th
1 win

* playoff game
Red Block Stark Bennett Lamm Baird Butts Brown Orgill Bagby Katz Coleman
Jerry Stark
CA United States of America [#1]
1st
8, +159
  26tp-8 26-1 26tpo-13 26tp-9 26tp-1 26tp-9 26tp-0 26tp-0
Paul Bennett
AZ United States of America [#7]
22-14 3rd
8, +105
13-12 21-10   26-9 26-1 26tp-0 26-0 14-6
Rich Lamm
CO United States of America [#10]
    4th
5, +60
    26-10 26-4 22-12

26-7

26tp-0
Matt Baird
OK United States of America [#28]
    26-8 5th
5, –4
  23-12   17-16 21-7 23-7
Jim Butts
CA United States of America [#32]
  26-9 26-23 26-1 2nd
8, +113
21-6 22-4 17-9 26-8 26-4
Russell Brown
NY United States of America [#46]
          7th
3 wins
  11-10 14-7 13-6
Mike Orgill
CA United States of America [#48]
      12-9   23-13 6th
5, –44
20-2 14-1 10-8
Arthur Bagby
CA United States of America [=62]
              8th
2 wins
11-10 13-4
Aviv Katz
CA United States of America [#66]
                9th
1 wins
14-10
Rob Coleman
CA United States of America [#97]
                  10th
0 wins