Croquet gaining popularity in Northeast Florida

Croquet is a sport that is not necessarily popular in most of the country. That is not the case in Northeast Florida.

In recent years, croquet has seen a boom with tournaments in the area sanctioned by the US Croquet Association. The association also hosts a tournament in Ponte Vedra in October and the Florida Regional in January.

As far as getting more tournaments in the area, Bill Simmons was one of the key players involved. Simmons is the founder of the Northeast Florida Croquet Club, which was formed to help promote tournament play in Northeast Florida.

“Our main goal is to get more clubs in Northeast Florida involved,” Simmons said. “A lot of the players here are good tournament players. About 10 percent of the players in the top 100 are from Jacksonville.”

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