White wins national croquet championship

Macey White of Hartfield recently brought home national honors from the U.S. Croquet Association 9-Wicket Nationals in Denver, Colo.

The competition started on Wednesday and finished Saturday. Championships were held in both singles and doubles, and White went undefeated in singles during the round-robin and entered the playoffs as the number 1 seed, he said.

White swept through the playoff without losing a single game and defeated Doug Moore of New York City to win.

White and his doubles partner, John Warlick of West Palm Beach, Fla., won the doubles championship.

Next year, the 9-Wicket Nationals will be held at the Chesapeake Bay Croquet Club (CBCC) in Hartfield. CBCC recently expanded to 24 courts, making it the largest croquet facility in the world, said White.

In the U.S., there are 4 types of croquet played competitively, he said. 9-Wicket is the only one played on long grass and is most similar to the backyard game, but with better equipment, much tighter hoops and challenging rules. The other three types of croquet are American 6-Wicket, Association Croquet and Golf Croquet. 

CBCC will host the 2023 Golf Croquet Nationals in Hartfield on September 18-24. Spectators are welcome to come visit and there is no fee to watch.

Every Sunday at 1 p..m CBCC offers free lessons and organized game play.