2021 KCCC #21.06 Ladder Update

With all of the hub-bub around the PBR Classic and the KCCC Doubles Championship, the annual Handicap Ladder Championship quietly finished Round 6 with DJG (6) claiming a 13-9 win over VAN (13) on September 18. That also put him at the top of the final standings with a 3-2 record, while JMA ended the year with a 4-1 record and in third place on the ladder. Which certainly demonstrates the randomness of the ladder structure. It’s all about timing and maybe in the future we’ll see a final Handicap Tournament for the event.

Based on the loss, VAN was automatically adjusted from a 13 to a 14 handicap as she accumulated -6 tracking points.

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Repeat for Club Doubles Championship

Doubles Finalists: Susan and Dylan Goodwin center and Jim Ratzlaff (left) and Carson Lennard (right)

The Second Annual Kansas City Croquet Club Doubles Championship once again ran this past Saturday as the opening event for the PBR Classic at the Willow Creek courts in Kansas City, Missouri. Six teams battled in the single-elimination event that started at noon and featured no double-banked games.

In the final, my partner Susan Goodwin and I faced off against Jim Ratzlaff and grandson Carson Lennard. It shaped up to be a good battle as we were defending doubles champs from 2020 and Ratzlaff and Lennard had taken the inaugural Member-Guest Doubles title back in May.

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PBR Classic Delivers New Winner

2021 PBR CLASSIC PODIUM: Greg Lloyd (Third), Don Dowd (First), Ryan Darst (Second)

When the PBR Classic delivers, it generally comes through in a big way. The Championship final saw a lot of twists and turns under the lights at the Kansas City Croquet Club this past Saturday night, but in the end it was 86-year-old newcomer Don Dowd that fought through to claim the Blue Jacket and the 2021 PBR Classic title.

Just 10 players battled in the evening Classic, with both qualifiers seeing early first place pegouts. Greg “Pick” Lloyd hit the peg first in Q1 and I took that honor in Q2. Former Classic winner Tom Stewart also pegged out in Q1 for second place and Ryan Darst also finished to claim third place and a berth in the championship final — eliminating 2021 KC Club XCC Champion Andy Groebe in the process. Susan Goodwin scored nine points in a performance that would actually play a critical role in the Alumni Cup competition. 

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2021 PBR Classic Event Information

Saturday Schedule:

12:00 P.M.
KC DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP: The line-ups are set for the KC Croquet Club Doubles Championship. Start time is noon and players in Round 1 should be at the courts at 11:40 a.m. Two teams have a bye in round one. The event is single-elimination. Championship game is expected to start around 2:30 p.m. and conclude at 3:45 p.m.
BRACKET: https://challonge.com/21kcdoubles

4:30 P.M. (estimated)
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Potluck

5:00 P.M. (estimated)
Qualification Rounds TBD + Championship Final

  1. Dylan Goodwin / Kansas
  2. Don Dowd /
  3. Jim Ratzlaff / Friends
  4. Greg Lloyd / Kansas State
  5. Ryan Darst / Pittsburg State
  6. Andy Groebe / Kansas
  7. Tom Stewart / Kansas
  8. Kirk Whitworth / Missouri

FOOD, BEER & CHAIRS: Hamburgers and hot dogs are on deck in the gap after the KC Doubles Championship and prior to the PBR Classic. That is expected to be in the 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. window. Side dishes and desserts are welcome. The event is BYOB and bring your own lawn chair.

ALUMNI CUP: The Alumni Cup is part of the PBR Classic. Wear your favorite school colors and let the tournament director know which school you are representing.

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2021 PBR Classic Supports Camp Kesem

Where Legends Are Made

The Kansas City Croquet Club is pleased to host the 2021 PBR Classic and Alumni Cup at the Willow Creek location in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday, September 11. The event will be held in honor of Brian Wingerd, who passed away last November. Half of all entry fees will go to Camp Kesem – a national organization dedicated to supporting children impacted by a parent’s cancer.

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