Ben Rothman

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Ben Rothman is, as of May 2012, the number one ranked Association croquet player in North America.[1] After focusing his life towards the game in 2007,[citation needed] he has become a formidable force and a player to beat in serious competition around the world. Over the past few years[when?] Rothman has won many high-profile croquet tournaments and competed in such major competitions as many USCA National Championships, the WCF World Championships, the MacRobertson Shield, and the Solomon Trophy.

Early life[edit]

Ben Hunter Rothman was born on November 9, 1983, in Berkeley, California.[2] While visiting family in Maine over the summers during his childhood, he learned to play croquet from a cousin, Larry Stettner.[2] Rothman began playing nine-wicket croquet, entering his first tournament in 1995, the Claremont Classic.[2] By 1996 he was playing American six-wicket croquet.[2] Association croquet and golf croquet tournaments soon followed.[2]

Following high school, Rothman graduated from the University of California, San Diego, in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.[2] During his time at UCSD he remained a competitive sportsman through his active participation in ultimate frisbee.[2] After graduation, Rothman soon turned to croquet full-time.[citation needed]

Professional Life[edit]

Ben has been described as a "croquet nomad" due to his extensive travelling, and competitive croquet lifestyle.[3] Currently Rothman spends his winters in Rancho Mirage, California, at the Mission Hills Country Club where he is the resident croquet professional for the Mission Hills Croquet Club.[citation needed] The 2011/2012 season marks his third year at Mission Hills and under his tutelage, the Mission Hills Croquet Club has won the USCA "Club of the Year" twice in a row (2010 and 2011).[citation needed] Here Ben directs regional, national, and club tournaments, as well as instructs groups and individuals for clinics and private lessons.[4] The summer months he spends traveling the world, playing tournaments as well as directing clinics and tournaments across the United States.[citation needed]

Serious Play[edit]

Rothman began touring across North America in 2007 and less than a year later, in 2008, was touring internationally.[citation needed] He is a top competitor in any tournament he enters and has numerous wins under his belt.[citation needed] In 2009 and again in 2010, he was #1 in the US Croquet Association's annual Grand Prix and was awarded "Player of the Year" by the USCA.[5][6] Rothman became the first player to finish at the top of the Grand Prix standings two years in a row since the Grand Prix was reinstituted in 1999 when he finished the 2010 season with a record 35,150 points.[7] In international tournaments Ben has made a strong showing as well. In 2009 he was a finalist in the WCF World Championships, where Reg Bamford took the title.[citation needed] This was the best showing to date of an American in the history of the tournament.[citation needed]

Due to his outstanding track record and professionalism Ben has been chosen to represent the United States in many international events and test matches. He was a member of the USA team during the 2008, 2010 and 2011 Solomon Trophy, helping the US team rise to victory in the year 2010 on American soil (this was the first time the US had won this prestigious honor since the inception of the Solomon Trophy), then again in 2011 on English soil, as well as being the US team captain for the 2011 Carter Challenge against the Irish.[citation needed]

Notable Wins[edit]

Other Wins[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Croquet Grading System, May 14, 2012
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Alman 2008.
  3. ^ Rich Curtis, "Rothman is USCA "Player of the Year" for 2009", "Croquet World Online", February 6th, 2010
  4. ^ Mission Hills Croquet Club website
  5. ^ Rich Curtis, "Rothman is USCA "Player of the Year" for 2009", "Croquet World Online", February 6th, 2010
  6. ^ "Rothman scores first-ever consecutive Grand Prix titles", "Croquet World Online", February 12th, 2011
  7. ^ "Rothman scores first-ever consecutive Grand Prix titles", "Croquet World Online", February 12th, 2011