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Posted: March 17, 2010 12:30 a.m.

A Friendly game of croquet

Woman’s Club to host charity tournament to benefit 3 different charities

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Playing a round: Debbie Chastain, left, Samantha Lunsford, middle, and Becky Berson participate in the Heartland Women's Club Annual Charity Croquet Tournament last year. The event raises funds for Project ReNeWal, the YMCA and Habitat for Humanity.

If you’re looking for a nice way to spend a Saturday while still helping others then look no further. The 19th annual Heartland Woman’s Club Charity Croquet Tournament will be held Saturday at Legion Field with the proceeds going to three different local charities.

Project ReNeWal, the YMCA and Habitat for Humanity will each benefit from the tournament and generally the club is able to give approximately $2,000 to each charity from the tournament proceeds.

The tournament begins Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and players are treated to a complimentary breakfast before playing three 25-minute rounds of Golf Croquet. There is then a break for a complimentary lunch before two or three more rounds in the afternoon. During the afternoon games, groups are divided into brackets according to their morning scores.

There is generally a first and second place winner in the top bracket and a first and second place winner in the bottom brackets. Winners get cash prizes and their names on a trophy. There is also a prize for Best Dressed, since traditionally croquet players wear all white attire.

The cost to play is $100 for a team of two, although if a single player is interested that cost is cut in half and a partner will be found for them at the tournament. Those interested can just show up to the tournament Saturday morning or can contact Debby Vanderbunt at (404) 316-3284, (770) 786-5002 or at vanderbunt2326@charter.net.

The tournament is open to novice players only, and for those who are not familiar with how to play golf croquet, club members will gladly teach them prior to play.

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