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Posted: March 5, 2011 4:01 p.m.

Croquet tournament March 12

The Heartland Woman’s Club will hold its 20th annual Cherry Blossom Charity Croquet Tournament at 9:30 a.m. March 12 at Oxford College of Emory University.

The tournament is for novice players and uses a round-robin format of golf croquet. A game of golf croquet takes about 30 minutes to complete. Players usually play four games in the morning and two or three in the afternoon.

The day begins with registration and breakfast from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Lunch is served after four rounds. The awards ceremony and announcing of winners occurs around 3 p.m. Winners and runners up in different brackets receive prizes.

Traditional dress for croquet is all white, but you can wear anything you will be comfortable in. Prizes are also given for the best dressed man and woman.

The charities chosen by the club this year are the Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund and the Food Pantry of Newton County. The RCERF provides short-term, emergency assistance to families and individuals who live or work in Rockdale County and find themselves in crisis situations. The Food Pantry of Newton County provides people and families with food and is often the last defense against hunger. The pantry is in particular need in these depressed times.

All of the proceeds from this tournament go directly to the charities. In the past, more than $2,000 has gone to each charity."

The cost is $50 a player and players usually register as a team. Partners will be found for solo players.

For information or to register, call Debby Vanderbunt, tournament chairman, at (770) 786-5002 or (404) 316-3284.

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