2023 AC World Championship – Entry Fees

Players who have been notified that they have received a place in the upcoming World Championship need to pay their entry fees of £153 by 8th March 2023 at the latest.

Per WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 2, clause 6, players who fail to pay by the due date will lose their place. The relevant sections of the regulation are below for your information:

6.1 Subject to paragraph 6.2, failure to pay the entry fee by the due date will lead to automatic disqualification and the place will be filled in accordance with paragraph 7.

6.2 Before disqualifying a player for failing to pay their entry fee on time, at least two reminders must have been sent to the Member which nominated the player and all reasonable efforts must have been made to contact the player directly.

Successful players from the Qualifier, must pay as soon as possible after qualifying.

All players who can pay by Bank to Bank transfer are encouraged to do so. Instructions are included in each players announcement notification email. This avoids the WCF incurring costly PayPal fees.

If absolutely necessary, please pay by PayPal using the button below:

 

 

2023 Women’s GC Championship Ranking Places & Wild Cards – updated 26.2.23

Note: Replacement Ranking List updated 26.2.23 - see end of post

The 2023 GC Women’s World Championship is due to be held 7-14 August 2023 at the Sussex County Croquet Club in England.

The Allocation date for this Championship was 21st January 2023. The Management Committee have agreed the following allocation of places for this 56 person event:

24 Full Member Places
4 Associate Member Places
4 RCO Places
2 Wild Cards
4 Qualifier Places
18 Ranking Places

For a breakdown of places by country, please see this file: Breakdown of Places by Country

Ranking Places: The 18 Ranking Places have been awarded to the players in the file below, based on the Initial Ranking List dated end of 21st January 2023. This is based on their Max DG ranking over 12 months as per Sports Regulations Appendix 2, clause 2.3.

As at 21.1.23 - Ranking Places List

Wild Cards: The WCF Management Committee have awarded two wildcards to Ellie Ross and Jessica Bullen, both from New Zealand.

Entry Fees: Players are advised that the entry fee of £136 should be paid by 16th April 2023 at the latest. Details of how and when to pay will be emailed out to players via their Members after the Closing date of 14th March, once the Member Places have also been allocated.

Player Information and Bio’s: these will be due on 14th April 2023. Information on how to send this will be provided after the Closing Date.

Member Places notification: Members should send the Secretary-General the names of players to be nominated for their Member Places by 14th March 2023 at the latest. Some Members have already notified the names of their nominees - please note that these can be changed up to the above deadline.

Withdrawals: The cut-off date for this event is 22nd June 2023. If players with a Member Place drop out before this date, Members have 14 days to nominate a replacement. After this, the place reverts to a Replacement Ranking Place. If players with a Ranking Place drop out before this date, the highest ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list will be awarded the place. After the 22nd June 2023, any places returned will result in additional places awarded through the Qualifying Event.

Replacement Ranking List: updated 26.2.23

The full Replacement Ranking list has been requested. This list is applicable should any player already awarded a place (Ranking or Wild Card) withdraws: WGCWC Replacement Ranking List 26.2.23

 

2023 AC World Championship Ranking Places and Wild Cards

The Management Committee have agreed the following allocation of places for this 80 person event.

Capacity = 80

  Full Member Places

26

  Associate Member Places

5

  RCO Places

3

  Qualifier

4

  Wild Cards

2

  Ranking Places

40

Ranking Places

The 40 Ranking Places have been awarded to the following players, based on the Initial Ranking List dated end 18th December 2022. This is based on their Max DG ranking over 12 months as per Sports Regulations Appendix 2, clause 2.3.

Country

Player

Max Dgrade /12mths

Games Played

Australia

Robert Fletcher

2810

74

South Africa

Reg Bamford

2738

16

England

Jamie Burch

2671

54

England

James Death

2618

111

USA

Matthew Essick

2604

78

Australia

Malcolm Fletcher

2577

40

England

Harry Fisher

2566

62

England

Mark Avery

2556

60

England

Stephen Mulliner

2538

41

Spain

Jose Riva

2538

17

Australia

Edward Wilson

2535

30

England

Samir Patel

2510

65

New Zealand

Jenny Clarke

2510

51

USA

Zack Watson

2499

59

USA

Ben Rothman

2492

36

England

Christian Carter

2486

41

Australia

Dwayne McCormick

2472

83

England

David Maugham

2471

83

Australia

Stephen Forster

2443

92

Ireland

Andrew Johnston

2420

8

England

Alain Giraud

2409

58

England

Mark Suter

2399

67

England

Dominic Nunns

2396

21

England

Joel Taylor

2393

103

USA

Thomas Balding

2381

65

Wales

Ian Burridge

2381

42

New Zealand

Logan McCorkindale

2381

5

Scotland

Duncan Reeve

2377

49

England

Mark van Loon

2373

45

England

Gabrielle Higgins

2369

90

USA

Jeff Soo

2364

47

England

Marcus Evans

2355

11

England

David Goacher

2337

44

USA

Stephen Morgan

2332

51

Wales

Angharrad Walters

2325

29

England

Pete Trimmer

2325

15

England

Gavin Carter

2323

6

USA

Sherif Abdelwahab

2318

38

England

Robin Brown

2316

7

Scotland

Sam Murray

2309

55

Wild Cards

Per WCF Sports Regulations, Appendix 3, the Management Committee may offer up to two wildcards. They have decided that two will be offered, both per criteria 2.1.1 "the encouragement of young players or players showing exceptional promise of future development". 

Blake Fields - USA
Callum Johnson - England

Entry Fees

The anticipated entry fee for this event is £153 per player. This is based on a rate of £17 per player per day for 9 days. This rate is subject to ratification by the WCF Council when the 2023 Budget is approved later this year.

Players are advised that the entry fee should be paid by 8th March 2023 at the latest. Details of how and when to pay will be emailed out to players after the Closing date 5th February, once the Member Places have also been allocated.

Member Places

Members should send the Secretary-General the names of players to be nominated for their Member Places by 5th February 2023 at the latest. Some Members have already notified the names of their nominees - please note that these can be changed up to the above deadline.

Withdrawals

The Closing date for this event is 5th February 2023.

If players with a Member Place drop out before this date, Members have 14 days to nominate a replacement. After this, the place reverts to a Replacement Ranking Place.

If players with a Ranking Place drop out before this date, the highest ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list will be awarded the place.

After the cut-off date of 11th June 2023, any places returned will result in additional places awarded through the Qualifying Event.

2023 GC Under 21 Championship Player List

Following some withdrawals, the updated list of players for this event is:

Under 21 Player List 26Oct22

Ranking Places = 15
Membership Places = 12
Replacement Ranking Places = 5

As at 26th October 2022, there is now only one player on the Replacement Ranking list. This is Fran Wright from Australia.

Withdrawals:
Any players who needs to withdraw should notify Debbie Lines, the WCF Secretary-General immediately, either directly or via their Member assocation.

2023 Under 21 GC World Championship – Balls

The WCF and the hosts, CNZ, have been liaising regarding what balls to use at this event, given the current interruption in the supply of new Dawson Balls.

The decision is that we will use old Dawson balls, as closely matched as possible in condition and age.

The WCF are liaising with Paul Manwaring, owner of Dawson Balls. His current production problems have been caused by the banning of a substance previously used in the recipe. He is testing alternatives and hopes to have balls within specification soon.

At this time there are no other approved balls available. The SunShiny ball approval expired in 2020. The manufacturers in Taiwan have advised that balls are on their way to the CA for testing, so we hope to be able to re-approve these soon.

2023 GC Under 21 Championship Player List

The Closing Date for the 2023 Under 21 GC Championship was 22nd October 2022.

Twelve Membership Places have been allocated. Egypt has released one Membership Place unused and has also notified a withdrawal by a player previously given a Ranking Place. England had two Membership Places but has not nominated anyone for these, so these are also both released. This means the current breakdown of spaces is:

Ranking Places = 16
Membership Places = 12
Replacement Ranking Places = 4

The top four players on the Replacement Ranking list at the closing date, who have been offered a place, are below.
As at 23rd October 2022, we wait confirmation of their acceptance.

    • Curtis Mead – Australia
    • Ethan Gumbrell – Australia
    • Ethan McDonald – New Zealand
    • Ashton Sharp – New Zealand

The current list of players is: Under 21 Player List 23rd Octoboer 22

Withdrawals:
Any players who needs to withdraw should notify Debbie Lines, the WCF Secretary-General immediately, either directly or via their Member assocation.

There are 3 people left on the wait list (Replacement Ranking List). In current ranking order these are Jamie Fleming (Australia), Fran Wright (Australia) and Robbie Spooner (New Zealand, note: no games played in the qualifying period). This order may change if games are played altering the rankings before a withdrawal occurs.

2023 GC Under 21 Championship Ranking Places

After the response date there were 31 entries for this 32 player event.

The Management Committee have agreed the following allocation of places for this 32 person event.

Capacity = 32

  Member Places

15

  Ranking Places

17

 

Ranking Places

The 17 Ranking Places have been awarded to the following players, based on the Initial Ranking List dated 7th September 2022. This is based on their Max DG ranking over 12 months as per Sports Regulations Appendix 2, clause 2.3.

Country

Ranking Places Awarded

Max Dgrade

Games Played

England

Aston Wade

2464

157

New Zealand

Josh Winter

2350

53

USA

Blake Fields

2304

49

Egypt

Fawzy Helmy

2246

11

Egypt

Mohab Elatreby

2185

20

Egypt

Gana Mohamed Saaid

2183

44

New Zealand

Paul Kaiser

2170

36

New Zealand

Levi Franks

2168

42

New Zealand

Joel Steele

2106

72

New Zealand

Nathan Bullen

2171

65

New Zealand

Te Kiri King

2067

24

England

Albie Willett

2011

48

New Zealand

Michael Lauer

1988

50

England

Sam Cuthbert

1980

87

New Zealand

Myles Duggan

1953

17

New Zealand

James Duggan

1926

43

New Zealand

Jessica Bullen

1795

76

Member Places

Members should send the Secretary-General the names of players to be nominated for their Member Places by 22nd October 2022 at the latest. Some Members have already notified the names of their nominees - please note that these can be changed up to the above deadline. The request for entry fees and player bios will follow after 22nd October.

The number of Member Places by Country is below:

Australia

2

Egypt

2

England

2

New Zealand

5

Spain

2

USA

2

Member places available

15

Additional Players - important notice for ALL WCF Member countries
As at the response date only 31 names were put forward. It is therefore possible that after the Membership closing date of 22nd October, the event will not be full.

Therefore, ALL Members are invited to nominate new players for the replacement ranking list. This is in line with Sports Regulations:

7.4 Replacement Ranking List
The Replacement Ranking List may contain players who were not on the Initial
Allocation Ranking List provided that they have played a minimum of 5 ranked
games (AC) or 10 games (GC) in the 12 months ending on the date on which the
vacancy arises and have informed the S-G by e-mail that they wish to play in the
Event. However, if the Event is under-subscribed on or after the Closing Date, any player may be added to the Replacement Ranking List.

If, as at 15th January, we still do not have enough players to fill the event (i.e. there is no Replacement Ranking list), then we will ask Croquet New Zealand to do the best they can to find a local player (under 21), or to manage the event with a smaller field.

Withdrawals
The cut-off date for this event is 28th December 2022. There is no qualifier.

If players with a Member Place drop out before this date, Members have 14 days to nominate a replacement (or until the cut-off date, whichever is the sooner). After this, the place reverts to a Replacement Ranking Place.

If players with a Ranking Place drop out before this date, the highest ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list will be awarded the place.

After 28th December, the highest ranked player on the Replacement Ranking list will be awarded the place.

 

2022 GC WC – Qualifiers

The qualification event was held between 25-28 July at the Compton Croquet Club in Eastbourne, England.

30 competitors competed in 3 blocks of 10. The top 4 from each block went through to a Qualification Block to determine the qualifiers.

The seven qualifiers were:

Simon Carter (England)
Mostafa Eissa (Egypt)
Tim Jolliff (England)
Ben Rothman (USA)
Dominic Nunns (England)
Ian Lines (England)
Joel Taylor (England)

The remaining five players from the qualifying block of 12 now become reserves should there be any further drop-outs. They were, in qualification order:

Lionel Tibble (England)
Richard Brooks (England)
Carlos Munoz (Spain)
Morgan Case (England)
Begona Elzaburu (Spain)

The consolation event was won by Debbie Lines (England), who beat Ignacio Arturo Gross Alesanco (Spain) in the final.

The WCF would like to thank the Compton Club for hosting this event. The lawns were well prepared and the catering was amazing. Thank you also to Andrew Fall and Hilary Smith for managing the tournament and to the referees, Stephen Custance-Baker and Martin Peacock.

 

Congratulations to Mexico – Winners of the Tier 3 Golf Croquet World Championship.

This delayed 2020 event took place at the Guildford & Godalming Croquet Club between 20th to 23rd July 2022. Mexico, Portugal and Czech Republic played together with an Iran + team.

The Guildford & Godalming club looked after the players well with fast lawns, firm hoops and good food. The WCF would like to thank the club and all the volunteers who helped to make this event run so smoothly.

Mexico won with 2 wins against Portugal and the Czech Republic, and drew against the Iran team made up of Omied Hallam and some hastily convened club players who stepped into the breach when the Iranian VISAs failed to arrive in time.

Portugal came second and the Czech Republic third.

Full results can be found on Croquet Scores: 2020 GC WTC T3

For player information, please go to the Guildford & Godalming Croquet club page for this event:  click here