Bayfield Open (June 7-9)
Some of the world’s best croquet players gathered in Bayfield from June 7-10 to compete in the Bayfield Open Croquet Tournament hosted by the members of the Bayfield International Croquet Club (BICC) in both Bayfield and Seaforth.
The Bayfield Open is considered to be the premier croquet event in Canada and, over the past few years, it has secured a reputation on the global circuit of international tournaments.
The tourney had 20 competitors playing in two tiers over four days on four courts (two in Bayfield and two in Seaforth). There were cash prizes for first place in both tiers. The event was sponsored by Steam Whistle Brewery, The Virtual High School, and Deb Penhale from Lake Huron Real Estate.
In the Championship Flight Semi-Finals, American Rich Lamm, of Rancho Mirage, CA, defeated Bayfield’s Lou Schenck while Brian Cumming from Elora, ON emerged victorious over Chris Percival-Smith from Victoria, BC. Lamm then squared off against Cumming winning the best two out of three to win the Championship Flight. Cumming was the skip for Team Canada last July in Brighton, England, where Canada and Sweden tied for first.
In the A Flight Semi-Finals, American Mary Rodeberg of Rancho Mirage, CA defeated Bayfield’s Cal Scotchmer while village players Nick Howell and Jerry Selk went head to head and it was Howell for the win. In the final match, Howell defeated Rodeberg.
According to event organizers, the BICC’s event has been deemed the preferred international tournament by the players and the local club is thrilled to host it.
A Flight Winners
Bill Rowat - Tournament Chair
Mary Rodenberg, Nick Howell
David MacLaren - President
Bill Rowat, Rich Lamm, Brian Cumming, David MacLaren - President