Maui Croquet Club CROQUET NEWS:  Maui Croquet Club Championship Won by Leo Nikora

  2009 Results
  1st Leo Nikora
  2nd Bruno Amby
  3rd Paul Ramm
  4th Kerry Ramm
  5th Larry Icalla
  6th Denise Reibman
  7th Bob Deaver
  8th John Lyle
  9th Mickey Norvell
  10th Steve Reibman
  11th Debbie Jefkin-Elnekave
  12th Robi Elnekave

13 October - 15 November 2009
Waipuilani Park, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii, USA United States of America
story by Leo Nikora
photo by John Lyle

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Leo Nikora retains the Maui Croquet Club Championship Trophy.  

The twelveth annual Maui Croquet Club Championship was won by Leo Nikora of Kihei. It was the tenth time that Leo has won the club championship.

In fourteen days of play on the club's home court at Waipuilani Park, twelve members of the club played every other member in a single round-robin tournament. Advanced Association Rules were followed in two-hour games. Sunshiny CQ-16 balls were used. The tournament was sanctioned by the United States Croquet Association, and directed by Leo Nikora.

Bruno Amby came in second, losing to Leo on net points. Both Bruno and Leo each had ten wins. Bruno completed the only triple peel of the tournament, while Leo completed double and single peels.

Paul Ramm placed third with eight wins. Paul upset Leo in an exciting game, pegging Leo out, and then coming from behind as the clock ran out to win by one.

  Past Champions
  2008 Leo Nikora
  2007 Leo Nikora
  2006 Paul Billings
  2005 Leo Nikora
  2004 Leo Nikora
  2003 Leo Nikora
  2002 Leo Nikora
  2001 Paul Billings
  2000 Leo Nikora
  1999 Leo Nikora
  1998 Leo Nikora

Kerry Ramm finished fourth, losing to Paul on net points. Both Kerry and Paul each had eight wins.

Denise Reibman played well above her eighth seed, upsetting Paul and John, and scoring 10 against Leo.

Debbie Jefkin-Elnekave and Mickey Norvell were the most improved players, playing well, upsetting higher seeded players, and only getting skunked once.

This was the first tournament played by many of the new members. They performed well, and learned a lot about croquet. A good time was had by all.

The Ramms hosted a marvelous club party at their beautiful home in Maui Meadows.

See pictures of the Maui Croquet Club Championship in the Maui Croquet Club Gallery.

Results

Scores below the main diagonal are upsets.
Player (handicap) Leo Bruno Paul Kerry Larry Bob John Denise Steve Mickey Robi Debbie Wins Net Gross
Leo Nikora (0) 1st 26-10   26-3 26-15 26dp-1 26-0 26-10 26sp-2 26-7 26-0 26-1 10 +210 281
Bruno Amby (1)   2nd 21-14 18-8 17-16 26tp-1 26-2 26-0 25-5 26-3 26-1 22-3 10 +164 243
Paul Ramm (3) 22poo-21   3rd 14-13   26-5 17-1   26-1 26-3 26-5 26-2 8 +115 218
Kerry Ramm (4)       4th 18-10 17-9 19-2 7-6 23-5 15-7 26-1 26-1 8 +76 175
Larry Icalla (5)     15-13   5th 18-4   26-6 14-4 22-4 26-3 26-0 7 91 203
Bob Deaver (11)           7th 5-5 9-4 10-4   11-2 8-2 5 –75 65
John Lyle (12)         17-15   8th     12-11 13-6 16-2 4 –67 80
Denise Reibman (14)     16-14       11-6 6th 11-5 10-5 8-6 7-3 6 –44 89
Steve Reibman (16)             9-6   10th   5-1   2 –109 47
Mickey Norvell (18)           10-2     9-3 9th 9-1 10-4 4 –69 78
Robi Elnekave (-)                     12th 6-3 1 –147 32
Debbie Jefkin-Elnekave (-)                 5-4     11th 1 –145 26