FrontRunners: Mallet Masters

  • Mike Nolan

The finest players from Great Britain, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States will battle for croquet’s most coveted trophy, the MacRobertson Shield, at the World Series of Croquet (561.478.2300, www.croquetamerica.com), November 1 through 15 on the manicured lawns of the National Croquet Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
 
Perennial power Great Britain may have assumed the mantle of pre-tournament favorite, but American captain Jerry Stark likes his team’s chances. "We’re not intimidated," insists Stark, who plays for Napa Valley’s Meadowood Croquet Club during the regular season. No prize money will be awarded; the players, who must combine the dexterity of a scratch golfer with the forethought of a chess master, will compete purely for national pride.

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