Golf croquet brings out competitive spirit

Lauren Goodwin (left) and Lorraine Hopwood (centre) being congratulated as runners up in the Blue Group by sponsor Nicole Hill.
Jim Dickson (left) and Tessa Pim (centre) receive their Blue Group winning recognition from sponsor Nicole Hill of Resthaven Funerals.

Resthaven Funerals was the sponsor of a doubles handicap golf croquet tournament at Howick Croquet Club on Sunday April 24.

A total of 31 players representing six croquet clubs competed tirelessly over the four Howick lawns at Millhouse Drive to eventually reach a tense final round, to identify winners in two groups.

For the Blue Group, the doubles winners were Tessa Pim and Jim Dickson (both from Howick Croquet), and runners-up were Lauren Goodwin and Lorraine Hopwood (both from Howick Croquet).

For the White Group, the doubles winners were Tony Sullivan and Steve Field (both from Pakuranga Croquet), with runners-up Pam Shepherd (Mt Albert Croquet) and Heather Richards (Takapuna Croquet).

In presenting the prizes, Nicole Hill (Funeral Director from Resthaven Funerals) spoke enthusiastically about their sponsorship of two golf croquet tournaments at Howick this year, and her admiration for the “focus and determination” of all competitors in this fascinating sport.