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The Sports Complex Teams With National Croquet Champion

The Sports Complex will be offering weekly instructional clinics led by Robert Hurst. Hurst is excited to help develop the sport at Spring Island. 

“I believe that croquet should be fun above all else. Whether you wish to play socially or competitively, a fundamentally sound foundation will allow players to develop at their own pace and enjoy their time on the lawns.  I enjoy working with players of all ability levels to develop their croquet knowledge and skills, and discover the joys of this wonderful game.” 

Hurst began playing croquet while attending St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD and went on to be a part of two Collegiate National Championship teams during his time there. Since, he has won the US Open Plate in Association Croquet and finished runner up to top ranked Danny Huneycutt in the Southeast Regional in American Rules croquet.  Hurst is currently ranked 23rd in the USA in Association Rules and holds an American Rules handicap of –1.5. Hurst began teaching croquet in the spring of 2012, and is highly regarded by guest instructor Bob Kroeger.

Croquet News

Croquet is rolling with over 50 people signed up and over 20 having taken a lesson and started playing.  Please send an email with contact information to sicroquet@gmail.com if you would like to be on the email list for notification of events and information. Mimi and/or Jack will continue until the end of the first week of April to be at the court on Mondays at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for lessons and play.  If you have an introduction to croquet, come on out and play to hone your budding skills.

On April 8th, from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m., there will be Championship Level play on our court as SI participates in sponsoring a local Singles Tournament.  These players have handicaps from zero to 4 (handicapped like golf but minus 2 to plus 20) and should provide a wonderful exhibition of where you can go with your croquet game.