Maui Croquet Club CROQUET PEOPLE: 2007 Resort Invitational Players

6-10 June 2007
Resort at the Mountain, Welches, Oregon, USA United States of America
by Tremaine Arkley

Reg Bamford, South Africa
Trevor Bassett, Australia
Chris Clarke, England
Robert Fulford, England
Danny Huneycutt, USA
Peter Landrebe, Australia
David Maugham, England
Jerry Stark, USA
Aaron Westerby, New Zealand
Jenny Williams, New Zealand
  Tremaine Arkley, Tournament Director

Reg Bamford, South Africa

Although Reg represents South Africa he has been living in London with his wife and son for nearly 14 years. He is the 2006 World Champion and is currently ranked number one in the World. He has won The Resort Invitational twice in the past and is our defending champion. He has mastered the difficult sextuple peel, having already completed over 50 during the past two years. A Certified Public Accountant by training, he founded and runs 1st Contact, a company that assists travelers during their stay in London, and which is well known throughout the Antipodean and South African communities in London.

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Trevor Bassett, Australia

Trevor is a Financial Advisor in Kyabram who started playing croquet in 1990 at the age of 10. This is his second visit to The Resort and he is extremely excited to be able to bring his fiancée Claire Gorton along this year. Trevor has played in the last three consecutive MacRobertson Shield Test Series, the World Championships, Sonoma Cutrer, the English Open and two New Zealand Opens. He has also represented Victoria in the last 10 Interstate Cup challenges. During his career he has won 6 National titles and 24 State titles. Trevor & Claire plan to marry in April 2008.

Chris Clarke, England

Chris Clarke has had many croquet achievements since he started playing croquet at the age of 13 including becoming World Champion in 1995 as well as Sonoma World Champion in 1997. He has also been a member of the winning GB MacRobertson Shield teams from 1993-2006 and has won the British Open Doubles title 11 times. In singles, he’s won the President’s Cup 5 times and was 1997 British Open Champion. Chris is the current Australian and New Zealand Open Champion and holds current Open Doubles titles in Great Britain, New Zealand & Australia. Chris is currently a self-employed Sports trader and is very actively involved in running the Canterbury Croquet Association tournament program as well as being chairman of the 2008 World Croquet Championships organizing committee. Other interests include bridge, cooking & real estate.

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Robert Fulford, England

Robert is from Colchester and is one of the most successful players ever in croquet. His achievements to date include winning the World Championship 5 times and being part of the British teams that have won the last six MacRobertson Shields. He is the current holder of the British Open’s men’s and Presidents cup titles. Robert has played twice at The Resort tournament before. He won at his last appearance two years ago. His other appearance was back in 1998 where he was beaten in a memorable final by Chris Clarke, Chris coming back from 24-0 down after Robert made the faintest nick on a ball he just needed to jump over running rover.

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Danny Huneycutt, USA

Danny is from Lexington, North Carolina and is in his 6th year of playing croquet. He is the two-time defending North Carolina Singles Champion, 2005 Southeast Region Singles Champion and 2005 USCA National Singles Champion and the only player to ever win all three events in the same year. He played for the USA in the 2005 Solomon Trophy and the 2006 MacRobertson Shield in Australia. When he’s not playing croquet, Danny enjoys table tennis. He is an Information Technology specializing in GIS and data warehousing, storage and reporting. Danny has been married to Danna for 29 years. Their daughter Brook is a University of North Carolina working in Raleigh, NC while their so Zachary is a graduate of Keenan-Flagler Business School at UNC and is an officer with the Marine Corps.

[See pictures of Danny Huneycutt.]

Peter Landrebe, Australia

Originally from Timaru, New Zealand, Pete has been living in Sydney, Australia for the last eight years. This is only his second trip to the USA to play in The Resort Invitational. The most enjoyable croquet events for him in the last few years include involvement in the NSW state and Australian team and a chance to play on the Hurlingham lawns and enjoy the Surbiton club. Pete is very much looking forward to playing the New Zealand Open in January and catching up with old friends and croquet foes.

David Maugham, England

A 38 year old finance systems officer for the NHS, was introduced to croquet by his father in 1981 and started playing competitively in 1985. He has won various singles honors including the British Open Championship, British President’s Cub on 4 occasions, the Sonoma-Cutrer World Championship three times, the Australian Open, the US Open and 17 British Regional Championships. His doubles successes include three British Open Doubles titles (with Steve Comish, Chris Clarke and Marke Avery) and the British Mixed Doubles (with Jenny Williams). David has also been on 5 MacRobertson Shield winning Great Britain sides, and considers his best match to be the one in which he completed a TP to win the deciding game of the final match of the test against New Zealand when the scores were level. Outside of croquet, David has a black belt in ju-jitsu; is pursuing a degree in IT with the Open University; enjoys computer games; and occasionally practices modern jive dancing.

[See pictures of David Maugham.]

Jerry Stark, USA

World ranking at 10th in May 2007. There is no record of, larger than life Jerry Stark, having a dog called “Toto” but that did not stop him from finding his “yellow brick road” when he moved home after finding tournament croquet in 1983. He just pulled up stakes and moved 1000 miles from Kansas City, Missouri to Phoenix, Arizona. Now there’s dedication! Jerry got his break into international play in 1987 at the first Wine Country Invitational (later known as the Sonoma-Curter World Championship) and in 1990 tied for third in the second WCF World Championship. He has been a member of 15 USA croquet teams, has competed in the WCF World Championships no less than 8 times and the Sonoma-Cutrer World Championships 10 times. He was the winner of the first Resort Invitational in Welches, Oregon. Jerry is married and has two children. He has been the Director of Croquet at the luxurious resort Meadowood Napa Valley located in the wine country of Northern California for the last 17 years. Introducing guests there to what he calls the “grown-up” game of croquet. His other interests include golf, darts and Texas Hold’em poker.

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Aaron Westerby, New Zealand

Aaron has been playing croquet for over 20 years. He has been a member of NZ’s winning Trans Tasman teams in 1994, 1995 & 2003 and also made his MacRobertson Shield debut in 2006. He is a past winner of the British men’s Sonoma (USA) and Irish Championships. Aaron has also won the NZ Open, Top 10, Men’s Doubles, Handicap Singles and with his grandmother the NZ Mixed Doubles on two occasions. He is also a keen paragliding pilot and has been fortunate to fly many of the best sites in the World with only one reserve deployment.

Jenny Williams, New Zealand

Jenny Williams has been playing croquet since about 1999 and successes include two British Women’s Championships, 2007 NZ Open Doubles Champion, semi-finalist in 2006 Australian Open and runner-up in Australian Open Doubles. Jenny has been a member of the Trans-Tasman winning NZ team in 2004 & 2006, and has half-Blues from Oxford University in Croquet, Cricket and Table Tennis. Present occupation: research physicist at Canterbury University. In addition, Jenny is presently studying towards a Bachelor of Sports Coaching degree at Canterbury University. Other interests include bridge, sports psychology, gardening & dog training.

Tremaine Arkley, Tournament Director

Tremaine, a former world-class croquet player, lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. He represented the USA for 7 years in World Championships and USA Team competitions including as a player on America’s first MacRobertson Shield team in 1992. He won the National Championshi ps of USA twice and of Japan once in 1998. He served on boards of national and international croquet governing bodies. He retired from international competition but still provides croquet consulting. He collects croquet art and has the largest collection in the world. His spare time is spent managing gardens, vernal ponds, pastures & varied wildlife habitats on their farm north of Buena Vista with his wife Gail and attending operas and supporting blues events.