Wellington, FL – March 15, 2012 – The International Polo Club Palm Beach is the place to be for three days of family fun, great international sport, and good cheer at the 2nd Annual International Weekend on St. Patrick's Day weekend at International Polo Club Palm Beach. The weekend includes the finest in International competition with athletes from the Ireland, Great Britain, and United States competing in Cricket, Croquet, Polo, Rugby, Tennis, and Golf.
The International Polo Club Palm Beach will feature an International Golf Croquet Tournament on March 16-18 as part of the 2nd Annual International Weekend at the Club. Golf Croquet, played using single strokes with no continuation shots for making wickets or hitting other balls, is the simplest of the three six-wicket tournament games now played competitively around the world. These are not the casual, back yard, 9-wicket games usually thought of as Croquet. Golf Croquet is a hard-hitting, highly strategic competitive sport with its own world ranking system. Some of the world’s best Golf Croquet players will compete.
Ireland’s Mark McInerney, started playing Croquet at the tender age of seven. He is currently the reigning world champion of Golf Croquet and just won the 5th annual Golf Croquet event at International Polo Club. When Mark isn't playing croquet he is a dog behaviorist and owns and operates a bridle shop in Dublin, Ireland.
American Danny Huneycutt began playing Croquet in 2002 and immediately became involved in the North Carolina district administration; club building, teaching and tournament directing. He won the 2005 National Championship, partnered with Jeff Soo to win the three doubles matches in the Solomon and won the deciding match to win the test for the USA. He is also this year’s singles champion of the United States.
American David Maloof is a croquet and tennis professional in northern Florida. He has competed in many international events. Last year he was runner-up in International Weekend Golf Croquet tournament. Maloof is considered one of the top five Golf Croquet players in the United States.
To add to the fun, the 2nd Annual International Weekend falls over the St Patrick’s Day weekend this year. It features the very best of international sports, great cuisine, and festivities for the entire family. International Polo Club Palm Beach, home to the world’s finest Polo, will open their world-class facilities for Cricket, Croquet, Rugby, and Tennis for International Weekend. Golf will be hosted at the Wanderers Club, known for its traditional and impeccably groomed course. Athletes from the United States, Great Britain and Ireland will battle for trophies and prizes.
Expect the highest-level of international, must-see competition in Cricket, Croquet, Polo, Rugby, Tennis, and Golf. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of sports at one of the most highly regarded venues in the world. International Polo Club Palm Beach, famous for its five-star cuisine, will offer a delicious array of Irish inspired fare. The popular Irish band, Hermitage Green will entertain guests on Saturday evening,. This talented group of young men is taking the music scene by storm, with their rhythmic variety of acoustic folk compositions topped by four-part harmonies. Don’t miss Hermitage Green in person, all are welcome!
What: Join us for three days of family fun, great international sport, and good cheer at the 2nd Annual International Weekend on St Patrick's Day weekend at International Polo Club Palm Beach. The weekend includes the finest in International competition with athletes from the Ireland, Great Britain, and United States competing in Cricket, Croquet, Polo, Rugby, Tennis, and Golf.
When: Friday, March 16, 2012 through Sunday, March 18, 2012
Where: International Polo Club Palm Beach, 3667 120th Avenue South, Wellington, Florida 33414
Wanderers Club, 1900 Aero Club Drive, Wellington, Florida 33414
9 am – 5 pm Croquet
10 am - 5 pm Cricket
11:30 – Golf at the Wanderers Club
9 am – 5 pm Croquet
10 am – 5 pm Cricket
11 am – 1 pm - Polo
1 pm – Tennis
2 pm – 7 pm - Rugby
7:10 pm Trophy Presentation
Irish Celebration immediately following the Trophy Presentation
9 am – 5 pm – Croquet Finals
Admission: $10 admission per person on Saturday. Children 14 and under admitted for free
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