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2018 Midwest Area Schedule

01/27: 2018 MCA Annual General Meeting (East)
05/05: 2018 Lee's Summit T-Bone (9WS)
06/16: Shield: OKC Central Quad (GC)
06/17: Shield: OKC Central Quad (GC)
07/14: Missouri Open (CANCELLED)
07/28: KC Open (9WS)
07/29: KC Open (9WS)

08/18: Shield Championship-Milwaukee (GC)
08/19: Shield Championship-Milwaukee (GC)
09/15: MCA 9WS Championship (9WS)
11/16: 2017 MCA Awards

2019
01/26: 2018 MCA Annual General Meeting (South)

BOLD = MCA Tournaments

Administration

Saturday
Jun252011

5th Annual Lee's Summit Parks Croquet Tournament

The 5th annual Lee's Summit Parks Croquet Tournament was held June 18th with 18 enthusiastic players coming together for some "HOT" competition of High/Low croquet playing.  Championship flight (High) players were paired with 1st Flight (Low) to battle for points to find the 2011 champions. Coming out on top in the Championship level was  Nick Zink, Warrensburg, 2nd Troy White, Rockville & 3rd Johnny Nichol, Warrensburg. Leading the 1st Flight players were 1st Heather McNeely, Keanery, 2nd Jimmy Hutchinson, Warrensburg & 3rd Jason Johnson of Kansas, City.

Saturday
Jun252011

Mahaffie StageCoach Croquet Tournament

There was a happening at the Mahaffie Stagcoach stop, and that happening was FUN! With the help of the Mo Croquet Assoc & the Kactus Creek Croq. Club, the 2nd Annual Sunflower Wicket Benefit got off to a beautiful start with a continental breakfast followed by an energetic Croquet tournament. Competition was on the "FUN" side but still very competitive. Sporting "period dress", Mahaffie employees exhibited their skills to an exciting crowd pleasing win. Rounding out the day for the players, sponsors & croquet pros, was a champagne brunch that was enjoyed by all.

Sunday
Jun122011

Windstream TV Interview with Billy Bob Breeden

To watch the interview click the attached link or you can just read it below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfrK6qDjpJs

After an initial objection, it didn't take much to get Billy Bob Breeden hooked on a sport. A friend asked if he wanted to play in a croquet tournament. The lure? A T-shirt, band playing and beverages - all for $12. It was fun. Next time out, he placed second in a field of 400. And 30 years later, he's still at it.

The Gallatin, Mo.,-based local manager is the United States Croquet Association Missouri-Nebraska district president, a role in which he promotes croquet at all levels and answers rules questions. He plays about eight tournaments annually and has competed in Oklahoma, Minnesota, Arkansas, Kansas and Texas. 

"I'm a very competitive person and I play every chance I get," says the third-place finisher at 9 Wicket National Croquet Tournament three years ago. "I compete in four 6 wicket tournaments and four 9 wicket tournaments in the spring, summer and fall. The district also has hosted the 9W National the last four years in Kansas City, Kan.

He doesn't play with just any mallet, either. Billy Bob's is a $500 graphite model (36 inches long with an 11-inch mallet head) imported from Australia. The one-pound balls are from Africa and run $40 each.

"The money is well-spent," Billy Bob says. "I can't believe there's not more people falling all over themselves to do it." He says all ages can learn and benefit from a game that's played the world over.

It's also a family sport for Billy Bob and wife Debbie, who competes with a mallet made in New Zealand.

"It gets young people outside and older adults don't have to be athletic to compete," says the game's ambassador. "Not everyone can swing a golf club or can run to return a tennis ball, but everyone can swing a mallet," he points out.

Like any sport, the key to success is "it takes lots of practice. Practice, practice and practice," he emphasizes. When the weather is bad, Billy Bob practices in the basement of his Cameron, Mo., home with specially made portable wickets. 

"I have a dry erase board on the wall that I uses to draw out different scenarios, like you would if you were playing football."

The basement also is the place for his growing display of trophies. Practice is a stress reliever for Billy Bob and keeps him focused on a personal goal of winning a national championship. His goal is to play in the 6W Nationals at West Palm Beach, Fla., in 2012.

What's That Thing You Do?

Monday
May232011

Midwest Regional Croquet Championship

The Midwest Regional Croquet Championships starts this week in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Matt Smith, Matt Griffith, Billy Bob Breeden & Dylan Goodwin from Kactus Creek Croquet Club all will be attending this year tournament.

More to come ...

Sunday
May222011

Lawn Warrior Classic Croquet Fundraiser Tournament 

 Jodi & Greg Adams, Deborah & Ron Millican, Debbie & Billy Bob Breeden all of the Missouri Croquet Association attended the first annual Lawn Warrior Classic Croquet Fundraiser tournament to benefit ALS in Lincoln, Nebraska. The William G Lauer Foundation said  the tournament was a success and they are planning to have another one next year.

2011 Winners were Jodi & Greg Adams of Kansas City, Mo.

Click here to Strike Out ALS    www.lauerfoundation.org     

More to come.......

 

Monday
Apr252011

Croquet Presentation 

MCA members are scheduled to do croquet presentation to the Cameron park board on April 28. More to come......

Thursday
Apr212011

UCM Tournament

Sixteen players played at the University of Central Missouri field on a warm April 9.  The format was high-low doubles and partners changed every game.  Evan Taylor and Annie Frisbie, members of the UCM croquet club, played their first tournament and really enjoyed the event and both played well.

Greg Clouse and Jodi Adams played great as partners and ended up winning the tournament.  Greg won in the championship flight and Jodi won in first flight.

I would like to thank eveyone for the support and look forward to hosting more tournaments in Warrensburg.

Matt Smith

Tuesday
Apr052011

Spring fling in Arkadelphia, AR

ARKADELPHIA, AR -- Results of the nine-wicket croquet tournament in Arkadelphia hosted by the Royal Knights Croquet Club of Arkadelphia, Arkansas are now in:

Championship: George Cochran 1st, Matt Griffith 2nd, Joe Franz and Matt Baird 3rd, Billy Bob Breeden, Jeff Caldwell, Pat Garner, Stu Brodsky 4th, Bob Bozeman and Glen Taylor 5th.

First flight: Rob Franks 1st, Ralph Bozeman 2nd, Lee Reed 3rd, Barry Dupuy 4th, Carl Jarret, Debbie Breeden, Scott Kennedy, Ron Millican 4th, Debbie Millican 5th.

They had a great tournament with the players from Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma. The Royal Knights would like thank every one for making this a successful and fun tournament.

George Cochran only had one loss to Billy Bob Breeden and Matt Griffith only lost the one game to Cochran.

Wednesday
Mar162011

Central Missouri Open Date Change

WARRENSBURG, MO -- Matt Smith has announced that the UCM Open will move up to Saturday, April 9. The event will be played in Warrensburg, Missouri and the formate is double golf croquet. The original date for the event was April 23.

Contact: Contact: Matt Smith (croquet1@charter.net) / UCM Croquet webpage

Monday
Mar072011

New President for the MCA

INDEPENDENCE, MO -- At the February 26 MCA annual meeting, Matt Smith from Warrensburg took over the reigns as the new president of the Missouri Croquet Association. Greg Adams from Parkville previously served for two years as president.

In other news from the meeting, Ron Millican expressed concerns about growth for the MCA. It was noted that the new college club at Central Missouri that Smith was spearheading was showing early signs of success. Matt Griffith indicated that he had two new players at Kactus Creek through an intro to croquet class at the club. Dylan Goodwin is trying to establish a nine-wicket club in the Johnson County (KS) area of Kansas City.

Griffith also indicated that first flight would add singles play for the USCA Nine-Wicket Nationals Tournament in September, which is another step toward reaching out to developing players in the area.

The MCA also considered the purchase of a second clock at the Kactus Creek Croquet Club, but no decision was made.