The ninth annual Palm Beach County Summer Golf Croquet League came to a conclusion on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at the National Croquet Center. For six weeks, 77 teams competed, some on Tuesday evenings and some on Wednesday evenings.
The Big Cats (Derek Wassink of Delray Beach and Doug McKechneay of Wellington) won the championship division finals in dramatic fashion with a jump shot at the tie-breaking wicket. They earned a spot in the finals by winning the Wednesday evening title against the Polo Stars.
The Wicket Stickers (Doug Curry and Mike Sarback, both of Stuart), gained entry to the finals by defeating Holding Court for Tuesday evening’s championship title. They were the eventual runners up in the championship finals.
In amateur division ﬁnals, Lighthouse Wickets (Mike Sexton and Jean Salem of Wellington) defeated the United Way Hunger Heroes team of West Palm Beach (Margie Perez, Doug Eberhart, Trudy Crowetz and Janice Daley) by a score of 7 to 3.
Special recognition certificates were also awarded, as follows:
Most Improved Team: Budweisers (Katie Kühner and Bud Broda).
Team Spirit: Wickets of Oz (Christine DiRocco, Scott Velazo, Stephen Mooney and Kae Jonsons).
Sportsmanship: We Are Family (Delores Brown, Nalon King, Sonny St. Juste and James Bulger Jr.).
Best New Team Name: Wicket-pedia (Dennis Lyndon, Al amd Joan Lamont, and John Randak).
Teams from around Palm Beach County participated. They were formed by families, friends and business associates. The players were male and female, ranging in age from 14 to 88. Many of the entrants were croquet beginners. For more information, including the final 2017 league standings, visit www.nationalcroquetclub.wildapricot.org/Summer-League-2017.