Toronto Open - June 1-3, 2018

 

It was an incredible shot that stole the game, and the top place at the Toronto Open for New York City’s Stuart Lawrence.  Stuart was the winner of the Championship Flight best of three final held at the North Toronto Croquet Club. Ranked 48 in the world, Stuart completed an amazing full roll from the eastern boundary to a perfect position in front of number 2 hoop. This allowed him to continue his break and win the first game, encouraging him to win the second and victory! Stuart was playing against Elora’s Brian Cumming, who is 10 time USCA Rules champion and ranked 62 in the world in Association Croquet.

 

Another notable victory went to Phil Parsons of Lawrence Park, who topped the B flight even though his experience with Association Croquet is limited.  Scott Stein from Ward Island Club who is new to tournament play, fought a tough game with Phil in the round robin and was beaten by just a few hoops.

 

Two days of great weather for playing ended with a banquet attended by players and guests in the breezeway of the club.

 

Sunday’s final play was threatened by clouds, but the rain held off as if timed by the croquet Gods, falling just as the last game was completed and the equipment packed away.... a wet end to a very successful Toronto Open tournament at Lytton Park.

 

A photo gallery may be viewed here:  https://photos.app.goo.gl/a8crPpN8VxnbjKza2 

 

Jim Wright