Round Hill Hosts National Croquet Tournament this Weekend

The Town of Round Hill will host the United States Croquet Association’s 2019 Southeast Regional 9-Wicket Tournament at Woodgrove Park this Friday through Sunday, June 7-9.

The tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day this weekend and will be played on four fields the county set up on its park property. Although the registration deadline to compete in the tournament has passed, the general public is invited to make it out to watch the games at no charge.

Because of the varying abilities of the nine residents registered for the tournament, and because they’ll be playing alongside a few professional croquet players, the tournament will feature different flights for different skill levels.

U.S. Croquet Association’s Southeast Regional President Macey White said that once the weekend comes to a close, the association would give a portion of the money generated from registration fees to the town for it to purchase its own croquet equipment.

Town Administrator Melissa Hynes said the tournament would help to promote Round Hill as a getaway destination—something it’s strived to do lately by also becoming an official Appalachian Trail Community with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and by hosting its first ever Appalachian Trail Festival on June 15.

White said the association chose Round Hill from a pool of four other locations in the southeast region because of Woodgrove Park’s uneven terrain, which he said was an opportune landscape for playing 9-wicket croquet.

The association’s southeast regional tournament has never been held in Northern Virginia. Last year, it was held in Adamstown, MD. White said that if this weekend goes well, the association might consider holding another tournament in the town, possibly as early as 2020.

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Residents brush up on their croquet skills on Thursday in preparation for the U.S. Croquet Association’s Southeast Regional 9-Wicket Tournament June 7-9 in Round Hill. [Patrick Szabo/Loudoun Now]

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