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Posted: March 18, 2009 12:00 a.m.

Swing into spring with croquet

Annual tournament to raise funds for local non-profits

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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 Heartland Woman’s Club of Covington will host its 18th Annual Croquet Tournament Saturday, April 4, at Legion Field, on Mill Street in Covington, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

After four or five rounds of golf croquet, the day ends with an awards ceremony and wine toast for the winners. Prizes are awarded to the winners in different brackets and to the best dressed participants. The competition is limited to novice and casual players. Two-member teams compete in a round-robin format. Contestants are also treated to breakfast and lunch on the grounds.

The traditional dress for croquet is all white, but participants can wear what they wish. Dress comfortably for a day of fun and good food, advises Debby Vanderbunt, tournament coordinator.

"Golf croquet is a fast and easy game to play," Vanderbunt said. "Each game takes up to 30 minutes. If you don’t know how to play, come a little early and we’ll show you."

In past years the tournament has seen approximately 40 to 50 players, but the club would like to see the numbers increase. Croquet is a game anyone can play, old or young, said Vanderbunt. "The day would make a nice family outing. Bring your children."

Entry fees are $50 dollars per player. All money raised by the tournament will go to charity. The charities picked by the club this year are the Covington YMCA, Newton County Food Panty, Project ReNeWal and Willing Helpers Free Medical Clinic.

Contributions from advertisements on the croquet program are also used to help fund this charity event. Contributions of $250 or more include two free entries to play in the tournament and a court sponsorship. A flag with the company name is placed on one of the courts of play. Ad contributions of $150 or more include two free entries to the tournament. Ad contributions of $100 include one free entry. Ads must be received by March 25.

Last year the club was able to donate over $5,000 to charity.

"I hope we can best last year’s donation amount," said Vanderbunt. "The tournament gives everyone a chance to have a great day with food and fun while contributing to charities which help those who need it in these difficult times."

Advertisers and interested players should contact Vanderbunt at (770) 786-5002 or (404) 316-3284 or at vanderbunt2326@charter.net or go to www.covnews.com for a copy of the registration form.

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