2023 Over 50’s Golf Croquet World Championship

The 2023 Over 50's Golf Croquet World Championship will be held in Western Australia between Saturday 14th October 2023 to Saturday 21st October 2023.

It will be held at two venues, the Moorabinda Croquet Club (MCC) and the Bunbury Tennis Club (BTC). There are six courts at Moorabinda and 2 at the Bunbury club.

The Event capacity is 48 players.

The anticipated entry fee for this event is £136 per player. This is based on a rate of £17 per player per day for 8 days. This rate is subject to ratification by the WCF Council when the 2023 Budget is approved later this year.

The formal invitation to Members, inviting them to compete, is due to be issued during January 2023.

Qualifying Competition
Potentially two qualifying tournaments will be held, one in Western Australia (venue tbc) between Sunday 8th October 2023 to Wednesday 11th October 2023, and a second one in Eastern Australia in September 2023 (specific date and venue tbc).

Main Event Format

The 48 players will form 8 blocks of 6 players. Top 4 from each block advance to the Knock-Out Stage.

All matches in the Block Stage and Knock-Out Stage will be best of 3 games (except for later rounds of Knock-Out Stage), single-banked and played without time limits subject to Sports Regulations 7.2 and 9.4 in emergencies.

The semi-finals and final will be best of five games. The quarter-final at managers discretion.

Consolation Events
The Plate, The Bowl and the Shield will be played in accordance with WCF Sports Regulations Appendix 8 paragraph 2, 4 and 5 respectively.

Hours of play: Play will commence at 8.30 am and continue until around 6.00pm. However, all courts are floodlit so play may continue after dark at manager's discretion.

Hoops: Quadway hoops will be used.

Balls: Dawson balls will be used.

Practice: players wishing to practise before the event starts will be welcome on Thursday 12th October 2023 & Friday 13th October 2023. Details to follow.

Social Programme:
Welcome Ceremony:  Friday 13th October 2023.
Championship Dinner: Saturday 21st October 2023. Players to purchase tickets.
Award Ceremony:  Saturday 21st October 2023 immediately following conclusion of final.

Accommodation and Travel:
Information will be available on the event website early in 2023.

Internet, publicity and Communications
Wireless internet connections will be available. Live streaming is expected to be arranged on the last two days. A dedicated website for the event will be available a few months before the event starts.

Main Event Draft Dates - to be confirmed

Invitation Date

15 January 2023

This is the date that Members will be formally invited to send players to participate in this event.

Response Date

15 March 2023

This is the date by which Member nominations for Ranking and Wild Card places must have been received by the WCF Management Committee. Members must also specify the number of Membership Places they wish to take up and RCO's should advise if they would like to request a Membership Place.

Allocation Date

29 March 2023

The World Ranking List to be used to determine the initial allocation of Ranking Places is that published at the end of the Allocation Date. 

Announcement Date

12 April 2023

By this date the breakdown of places will be advised and players awarded an Initial Ranking Place or Wild Card will be announced.

Closing Date

12 May 2023

This is the last date Members can nominate players for their Membership Places. Within 1 to 2 days the MC will announce recipients of Membership Places and Replacement Ranking Places.

Player Contact Details & Bios

10 June 2023

This is the date by which players are asked to provide their contact details, bio's and a headshot photo. 

Entry Fee Due Date

12 June 2023

Per Sports Regn Appendix 2 6.1. Any players awarded a place on the Announcement Date will lose their place if they have not paid by this date.

Main Event Cut-off Date

27 August 2023

This is the date after which returned places are generally filled by creating extra Qualifier Places instead of Replacement Ranking Places. 

Note: Dates, venues and format for the Qualification events to follow. 

Key Personnel

Tournament Director

Max Kewish

Tournament Manager

Michael Murphy

WCF Event Lead

tbc

CA Event Lead

Ian Lines

Tournament Referee

John Doepel

Treasurer

Michael Murphy

Secretary

Janine McHardy