Coulter takes out world golf croquet prize in England

TOP PLAYER: Whakatane Croquet Club member George Coulter playing at the Whakatane clubgrounds. File photo D8462-03

YOUNG Whakatane croquet player George Coulter has taken out one of the top prizes at the World Golf Croquet Championships in England.

He was one of 80 players from 19 countries, including four New Zealanders, taking part in the event.

Coulter qualified for the knock-out stage of the world championships through a round-robin competition, staged at a number of English clubs, but was beaten in the first round. That qualified him along with 10 others from five countries for the Bowl knockout competition, which he went on to win.

In the final, Coulter beat Harry Fisher of England 7-5, 5-7, 7-6.

The main event, the world title, went to Ben Rothman of the United States. Another young New Zealander Josh Freeth, made it to the semi-finals before being eliminated.

All nine days of the world championships were broadcast live by the BBC.