2020 NC Open info & entry form

Stuart Lawrence in the final, 2017 NC Open Photo by Jeff Soo

June 4–7
Pinehurst, NC, USA

Current entry list

COVID-19 Update

The tournament will be held as scheduled, but as a no-frills event. Of course social-distancing and equipment disinfection protocols will be in place. The entry fees have been reduced accordingly.


Association Croquet singles at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. Entry is open to all players who are current members in good standing of a WCF-affiliated croquet association (such as the USCA, Croq-Can, or the British CA).

The entry fee is US$150 per player ($100 for students). Due to COVID-19, the event will be no-frills (i.e., no meals provided).

Players who enter this tournament or the NC State Singles Championship will receive free entry to the inaugural NC Golf Croquet Open at Bald Head Island in October.

Danny Huneycutt will be the Tournament Director.

Details: First Flight

Available for players with a World Ranking Grade below 1700 and/or USCA handicap above 2. Entry is first-come, first-served, for up to 8 players. If fewer than 6 entries are received the flight will be canceled.

Games will be 26-point advanced play with time limits. Format TBD.

Details: Championship Flight

Room for 16 players minimum (up to 24 depending on First Flight entry). Through April 9th, entries (other than automatic qualifications) will be allocated by ranking. After April 9th any open spots will be allocated by entry date, to players who meet the minimum requirements (world ranking grade of 1600 or higher, or USCA handicap of 3.5 or lower). The waiting list will work the same way: through April 9th the waiting list will be ordered by ranking; after that the existing order will be fixed and new entries will be added to the bottom by date.

Advanced play with no time limits. Super-advanced play is allowed if both players in the match agree. Format will depend on entry size, but will probably begin with a block or Swiss phase leading to a knockout. The Plate (consolation event) will be in the Flexible Swiss or Egyptian format. The format (including time limits) is subject to change without notice.

About entry ranking order:

The primary determinant will be World Ranking grade, using the most recent available data. Players without a current World Ranking will be assigned a provisional grade according to the judgment of the tournament committee.

Automatic qualifications (must be claimed by April 9th):
Danny Huneycutt 2019 NC Open winner
Stuart Lawrence 2019 NC Open finalist
Matthew Essick 2019 NC Open semi-finalist and USCA Selection Eights winner
Thomas Balding 2019 NC Open semi-finalist
Zack Watson 2019 NC Open Plate winner and USCA Selection Eights winner
Stephen Morgan 2019 National singles & doubles winner
Sherif Abdelwahab 2019 National doubles winner

Entry forms

Download entry form—PDF file, 30 kB


The format and conditions for any flight are subject to change without notice.

Past Champions

1994 Mack Penwell
1995 Paul Scott
1996 Bill Berne
1997 Mack Penwell
1998 Mack Penwell
1999 Leo McBride
2000 Jeff Soo
2001 Jeff Soo
2002 Wynand Louw
2003 Kenster Rosenberry
2004 Wynand Louw
2005 Bob Cherry
2006 Paul Scott
2007 Danny Huneycutt
2008 Brian Cumming
2009 [was not played]
2010 Ben Rothman
2011 Danny Huneycutt
2012 Brian Cumming
2013 Brian Cumming
2014 Brian Cumming
2015 Mike Todorovich
2016 Danny Huneycutt
2017 Stuart Lawrence
2018 Danny Huneycutt
2019 Danny Huneycutt

Last modified on 7 May 2020