IT’S time for the Rich River Golf Croquet Championships.
The event is run in three divisions; division one for handicaps -2 to +5, division two for handicaps 6 to 8, and division three for handicaps 9 to 12.
Only two members qualified for the division one contest which was played on Wednesday.
Ian Grant played well, not missing a single hoop, and beating Russell Smyth in two games 7-4 and 7-6.
Divisions two and three will be played on March 19 and 20.
In club golf croquet on Tuesday, 28 players took to the courts to play doubles, including eight ladies visiting from Williamstown Croquet Club and two men from the Echuca Moama Croquet Club.
The winner was Russell Smyth with three wins, and the runner up was Graham Richards who had the best nett scores of several players who won two games each.
Marie McConville, of Williamstown visitors, scored a hoop in one.
Thursday, 17 members played a mix of doubles and singles. No one won three games but nine players had two wins each, giving captain Bev Floyd a bit of maths to do to work out a winner.
Russell Smyth won, with Betty McLindin runner up. Hoops in one were scored by Russell and Maree Hodgins.
Tuesday saw 22 members playing doubles and a game of singles. In a closely-fought battle five players won three games each, with three of them tied on hoops.
On a countback Jay Grant was the winner. But a countback could not separate Fiona Larcombe and John Kenley who tied for second place.
Alan Holding and Maureen Garden were unlucky to just miss out on the first three places. Hoops in one were scored by Russell Smyth and Nannette Tehan.
On February 22, 13 members played singles, with a trio. Two visitors from Newstead arrived before the last game and the format was changed to include two games of doubles.
Three players won three games each. Graham Richards won the day with a nett score of +11. Allan Cumming came in second with a nett +7 and Helen Brierley was unlucky to come third on a count back.
In the evening seven players from Rich River travelled to Mooroopna for a barbecue Twilight Tournament, joining other players from Yarrawonga, Benalla, Shepparton, and Echuca Moama for an enjoyable evening.
Three games of 13 hoops were played. Rich River players Anne Dodd and Betty McLindin played well, with Anne scoring a hoop in one and Betty successfully made her first competition jump shot to the delight of her team.