Woodlawn is pleased to announce the 2015 Big Lobster Invitational Croquet Tournament will be held Wednesday, September 9 through Sunday, September 13. The tournament includes five days of spirited croquet play on the coast of Maine and is sponsored by the Woodlawn Croquet Program. Spectators are welcome.
The 2015 Lobster Invitational Croquet Tournament aka “the Big Lobster” includes a unique blend of six and nine wicket competition in various Downeast Maine settings, amazing views of Acadia National Park and delicious Maine lobster. The event opens with a reception and BBQ for the players on Tuesday evening. The first two days of the tournament are the 9 wicket rounds and will be played in Southwest Harbor. The 6 wicket rounds will be at Woodlawn starting on Friday morning and will continue thru Sunday when the six wicket championship games will be held ending around 2:00 p.m. This year, in addition to Maine players there will be participants from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida, Missouri, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Canada and the Virgin Islands. All are competing for the bragging rights to be named a Big Lobster Champion.
The “Big Lobster” Croquet tournament was the brainchild of Larry Stettner, a founding member of Woodlawn Croquet and a resident of Southwest Harbor. Larry is a real croquet enthusiast and started the MDI Croquet club when he retired to SW Harbor from teaching at Wayne State University in Detroit in the late 1990`s. The MDI Croquet club sponsored the “Big Lobster” for many years before it came to the Woodlawn Croquet program. The tournament started in the late 1990`s and has been scheduled every other year since then. According to Perry Mattson, Woodlawn Croquet participant and tournament manager, “It is a very unique tournament in that it uses both 9 wicket doubles and six wicket singles play. The nine wicket doubles uses a variation of the Claremont Hotel Classic Tournament rules and is similar to the backyard version of 9 wicket croquet played for years by many families. The six wicket singles uses the American rules.” The “Big Lobster” is a favorite of many players and attracts some top notch croquet players in the United States and Canada.