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WCF 7th World Golf Croquet Championship - register your interest

[<<] [>>] by Bill Arliss
25th August 2005 (GC)

As I am sure all competitive Golf Croquet players are aware, the next GC World Championship will be held in New Zealand in just over six months. The Selection Committee will meet shortly after this season. We do not know yet how many places will be available for English players, but based on previous championships I would estimate there will be between 7 and 10, when places of right and wild cards are considered.

To help the Selection Committee prepare for their task, I ask all players who would like to be considered to contact me as soon as possible but no later than 3rd Oct 2005 by either email or letter stating their availability. Lack of response will be taken as lack of interest. To be considered, a player must be a Tournament member of the CA and have a playing record during the 2005 season and meet the eligibility requirements for England as given on the WCF web site. I would remind all players that no financial support can be given by the CA and that if selected you will have to fund the following:

  • Cost of flights from England to New Zealand and return.
  • Entry fee of around £60
  • Cost of hotel accommodation for the full period of the event. (We assume the hosts will broker some all-in deals with local hotels)
  • Cost of meals during the championship (Lunches could be provided by the hosts but this is likely to depend on sponsorship levels.

I attach below a copy of all the data we have to date on these championships. This was taken from the WCF web site on 18 August.

Bill Arliss

Chairman, Golf Croquet Selection Committee

Text from WCF Web Site

The WCF have much pleasure in announcing that New Zealand has been awarded the hosting of "The Hawke's Bay WCF 2006 World Golf Croquet Championship". The event will be played from Saturday 4 March to Sunday 12 March 2006 at Te Mata, Marewa and Rangatira Croquet Clubs.

The total number of entries allowed will be 64 with the selections decided in due course jointly between the New Zealand organisers and WCF. The Laws and Regulations that will govern the event shall be the WCF Rules of Golf Croquet in operation at the time of the event.

The Director of the event shall be: Mr. Don Reyland. The Tournament Referee of the event shall be Mr. Gordon Smith, supported by other Referees.

Don Reyland, President, Hawke's Bay Croquet Association, said, "We believe Hawke's Bay is the best location in which to stage this event. Apart from having three clubs with lawns of the highest standards, Hawke's Bay is the leading Golf Croquet Association in New Zealand with all three clubs having past experience in hosting national tournaments.

Hawke's Bay is the Mediterranean of New Zealand with a wonderful climate and has many outstanding attractions in the district and is one of the most progressive pastoral and horticultural districts in New Zealand. We in the Bay are confident that we can stage a World Golf Croquet Tournament of the highest standard and provide an environment for players, supporters and visitors that will be most enjoyable.

For background information see:-

http://www.croquet.org.nz/

and

http://www.hawkesbaynz.com/



 

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