2022 Under 21 GCWC – temporary age-limit amendment approved

As previously announced, the WCF Management Committee ("MC") considered the impact of the postponement of the 2021 U21 GCWC to 2022 on the eligibility of players whose 21st birthdays fall in 2021.  Such players would have been eligible to play in the 2021 U21 GCWC but, applying the normal age limit, would not be eligible to play in a 2022 U21 GCWC.

Allowing any player who would have been eligible for a 2021 U21 GCWC to remain eligible for the same event in 2022 would be consistent with treating the 2021 GCWC as postponed rather cancelled.  In view of the exceptional circumstances that led to the postponement, the WCF MC recommended to Council that WCF Sports Regulations paragraph 5.1.5 be temporarily amended so that players whose 21st birthdays fall in 2021 will still be eligible to play in a 2022 U21 GCWC.  The Council voted by 56-0 to approve the MC recommendation.

For the avoidance of doubt, this treatment will not apply if the U21 GCWC cannot be held in 2022 after all.  If that is the case, the 2021 U21 GCWC will be regarded as cancelled and the next holding of the U21 GCWC, perhaps in 2023, will be a new event and subject to the normal age limit.


2020 GC World Team Championships – Tier 2 – Player Information

This will be held in Spain between 11 to 16 October

The Spanish hosts have provided the following Event Information for Players

We believe that travelling into Spain should not be an issue provided that individuals have been vaccinated and/or can demonstrate a negative Covid test shortly before travelling.  See https://www.mscbs.gob.es/.

Organising and other officials:

Tournament Director: Begoña Elzaburu
Tournament Manager:  Felipe Mestanza
Tournament Referee: Alfonso Urbano
Event coordinator: Carolina Ruiz de Alda
Tournament Treasurer: Casilda Chávarri
Sponsors Director: Enrique Prados del Amo
Media Director: José Luis Álvarez-Sala
Venues coordinator: Gabriel González-Gordon
Representative Real Club de Golf Vista Hermosa: Rocío Medina
Representative Real Club de Golf Novo Sancti Petri: Rafael Hernández-Alcalá
Representative Sherry Golf Jerez: Alfonso de la Calle

We are thinking of proposing a visit to Cadiz for the families, this could be done by boat and then walking with a guide or in a touristic bus,  it would take whole day. So, for the social act for everyone we are thinking of a visit to El Puerto de Santa Maria or a wine cellar which is more compatible with the playing schedule.

For the hotel reservations we are proposing the same thing as last time, but we have added some houses that are of people that we know that would rent and that they are near the main lawns and nice

  1. The first one comes from one of the venue owners. In fact the lawns of Sancti Petri belong to the Iberostar Hotels and they have decided to make this special offer for the players and their Friends. Attached is the document where you will be able to see their hotels.
  2. The second one is from a hotel which is situated walking distance from the main venue (aproximately 1 km).They have 2 hotels.
  3. HOTEL PUERTO SHERRY (all prices are orientative, please consult with them).  Economy for 2 people Monday and Tuesday: 108€ per night other nights 135€
    Family room for 4 people Monday and Tuesday 175.50€ per night other days 202.50€
    If you would like to reserve you can call +34 956872000 or by mail  reservas@hotelpuertosherry.com
    Apartment for 4 persons (2 double rooms) Monday and Tuesday: 144€ noche & per night other days: 189€
    Apartment of 3 rooms for 6 people  Monday and Tuesday: 179.10€ other nights: 265,50€
    If you would like to reserve in the Suites: +34 956852675  or by mail recepcion@lassuitesdepuertosherry.com

We also give you other options of the hotels that had already been recommended:

  • Hotel Soho Boutique Vista Hermosa (formerly Hotel Los Jandalos Vistahermosa) 4* Their Price for a double room is 125€ per night.
  • Apartamentos Soho Boutique Vista Hermosa (formerly Apartamentos Los Jandalos Vista Hermosa) 4* They have different size appartments. For 2 persons 95,70€ per night for 5 people 136,20€ per night.

Both of this hotels are in the same Street which is 2 kilometers away from the main venue. A Good walk, but still possible!(after all we are sportive people) You can reserve either by Telephone: + 34 956873411 or by mail to:  sbvistahermosa@sohohoteles.com

We strongly recommend you to be at walking distance. The provided transport will be from the main venue to the other venues in the morning and at the end of the day, but from there you will have to go to your houses.

If you wish we can also propose to you 3 houses that are all walking distance (around 800 meters away from the main venue):

  1. House for 14 people with 5 rooms and 4 bathrooms. Contact Carla 667543636
  2. House for 14 people with 6 rooms and 6 bathrooms. Good living room, garden and a swimming pool (in shared areas) Contact Sol 687422494
  3. House for 10 people with 5 rooms and 5 bathrooms. Big living room and terrase and garden with a private pool. Contact Begoña 609132892

We are thinking of not doing an actual paper programme since all the information will appear in the Web and we would like to launch it with more time than last time.

As for the practice on the day before we imagine that each team will take care of their own transport to the venue where they want to go.

We would like to organise Streaming for the finals and may be semi-finals, but we are still on it.

Reg Bamford wins his fifth AC World Championship

Reg Bamford (ZAF) defeated 21-year old Matthew Essick (USA) at the Victorian Croquet Centre in Melbourne to record his fifth Association Croquet world title, a record he shares with Robert Fulford (ENG). The scoreline was 26-12 tp, 14-26, 26-9 tp, 26-0 tp. Tricky court conditions tested both players’ ability to play precision croquet and Essick can be very proud of his performance, especially his semi-final victory over World No. 1, Robert Fletcher (AUS). However, Bamford’s greater experience and fine shooting proved ultimately decisive and he emerged a convincing winner.

New Zealand is the GC world team champion again

New Zealand defeated Egypt 7-4 (with two matches unfinished) to retain the Golf Croquet World Team Championship.

The event was held at Nelson-Hinemoa Croquet Club in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand from 6-12 January 2020.  A full report can be found here.

The detailed results can be found at https://croquetscores.com/2020/gc/world-teams-championship-4.


2020 GC WTC Tier 1 seeding announcement


The average grades of the top four players in each team at midnight on Sunday, 8 December 2019 were as follows:

   1 Egypt 2,596.00
   2 New Zealand 2,470.50
   3 USA 2,454.00
   4 England 2,450.25
   5 Australia 2,414.50
   6 South Africa 2,300.75
   7 Ireland 2,208.50
   8 Sweden 2,087.50

Accordingly, the teams have been seeded as follows:

 Seed Block A  Seed Block B
   1 Egypt    2 New Zealand
   3 USA    4 England
   6 South Africa    5 Australia
   8 Sweden    7 Ireland