17TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CLUB TEAM
TO BE CROQUET'S BIGGEST BASH OF THE SEASON
Five flights of doubles will get plenty of play both on and off the courts in this week-long April celebration.
Croquet balls on and off the court await players from throughout the
United States, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean at the 17th edition of
the National Club Team Championships, to be held on the five lawns (two
brand new) at the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, home of the USCA,
April 15-21. (Other Palm Beach area croquet venues may also be used during
the early rounds.)
Clubs may enter teams in various flights based on handicaps and club-member
totals. All flights compete for USCA national championship titles, and
all club teams compete cumulatively for the Lyons Trophy, awarded to the
club with the best overall record.
"This is the USCA's most entertaining event," says Mike Weimerskirch,
USCA Director of Croquet. "Traditionally, this tournament attracts
a full spectrum of players - from beginners to experienced pros. The team-play
makes it fun and exciting, plus everybody is here to have a good time.
It's one of the best opportunities to meet other players from around the
country. It's a real celebration of croquet."
One hundred or so players are expected for the week-long tournament.
Social events include the opening ceremonies and reception on Sunday, April
14; the Croquet Foundation of America "Appreciation Ball" on
Tuesday, April 16 (tournament participants are eligible for discount tickets);
the USCA Annual Awards Dinner Dance, Friday, April 19; and a champagne
luncheon on Sunday, April 21, along with the Club Team trophy presentations
and closing ceremonies. Luncheon is served courtside every day.
The USCA will also conduct its Annual Meeting during the tournament,
on Monday, April 15. All USCA members are invited to attend.