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Welshman John Evans Won the first Norway Open Golf Croquet Championship

[<<] [>>] by Tore Gulbrandsen at Hurum , Norway
18-19 August 2007 (GC)

John Evans, Wales, won the first Norway Open, held by The Croquet Society at Holmsbu Golf Course, Hurum in Norway 18-19 August. The weather on Saturday was wonderful and the players enjoyed the August sun and the beautiful surroundings of Hurum. Sunday was more clouded and as soon as the Final was over it started raining.

Holmsbu Golf Course has 4 international size lawns and one smaller, but the owner, Magne Myhrene, says they can be expanded. Dave Underhill, Switzerland, thinks this must be the biggest assembly of croquet lawns in continental Europe. Magne Myhrene got the Croquet Societie's Honorary Medal for his work of helping Norwegian Croquet with extending and maintaining lawns.

The competition consisted of 4 blocks playing Golf Croquet, single games. Each match was best of three 13 point games. Those singled out before the quarter finals played a Plate event.


Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Dave Underhill Kevin Garrad John Evans Robin Bringsvaerd
Steinar Olsen Birger Stene Rune Johansen Roar Michalsen
Mats Glenne Anne Lee Holm Anders Hafstad Borge Bringsvaerd

Group 1

Dave v. Steinar 7-4, 7-3
Steinar v. Mats 7-3, 7-5
Mats v. Dave 1-7, 2-7

Group 2

Kevin v. Birger 7-3, 4-7, 7-6
Birger v. Anne Lee 7-3, 7-4
Anne Lee v. Kevin 1-7, 3-7

Group 3

John v. Rune 7-2, 7-5
Rune v. Anders 7-1, 7-4
Anders v. John 3-7, 4-7

Group 4

Robin v. Roar 3-7, 3-7
Roar v. Borge 7-1, 7-3
Borge v. Robin 7-6, 7-5

Quarter Finals

Dave v. Rune 7-4, 6-7, 2-7
John v. Steinar 7-4, 7-5
Kevin v. Borge 5-7, 7-1, 7-5
Roar v. Birger 7-5, 7-3

Semi Finals

John v. Roar 2-7, 7-4, 7-2
Rune v. Kevin 5-7, 7-6, 7-5


John v. Kevin 7-4, 7-4

Plate Event

Mats v. Anders 2-7?, 5-7?
Anne Lee v. Robin Anne Lee withdrew
Anders v. Robin 6-7, 7-6, 2-7
Birger v. Steinar 7-4, 5-7, 7-6
Borge v. Dave 5-7, 4-7
Birger v. Dave 7-4, 5-7, 7-2
Steinar v. Borge 7-0, 4-7, 7-6

Bronze Finale

Roar v. Rune 2-7, 2-7


1. John Evans, Wales, winner of Norway Open 2007
2. Kevin Garrad, Isle of Man
3. Rune Johansen, Norway
4. Roar Michalsen, Norway
5. Birger Stene, Norway
6. Dave Underhill, Switzerland
7. Steinar Olsen, Norway
8. Borge Bringsvaerd, Norway
9. Robin Bringsvaerd , US, winner of The Plate Event
10. Anders Hafstad, Norway
11. Mats Glenne, Norway
12. Anne Lee Holm,Norway


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