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Oaks Christmas tournament to benefit Miracle League

COVINGTON -- The Miracle League of Newton County will once again be the beneficiary of the 2012 Christmas Tournament at The Oaks Course on Dec. 15.

In keeping with a baseball theme to honor the Miracle League, many of the holes will have a baseball feel to them. On the 18th hole, for example, the players will tee off while wearing a catcher's mask. The 15th hole will begin by using a teeball tee rather than a regular golf tee. While some of the old favorite holes, such as the candy cane hole, the deer herd, teeing off while sitting in a chair and teeing off while wearing beer goggles, will remain, there will also be plenty of new ways to play the holes.

New to tournament play will be a player elimination hole. If a player hits the tee shot, he cannot hit the ball again until everyone else has had a chance to hit. Some of the other new games will include birdie ball and combining the 16th and 17th hole into a 600-plus yard hole.

For a cost of $220 per team, each player will receive lunch after golf as well as a gift. Some of the gift sponsor's include Bridgestone Golf, TaylorMade, Atlanta and Gwinnett Braves, Antigua and Titleist. One of the top gifts this year will be a one-year membership.

Rather than the traditional hamburgers for lunch, Putter's Restaurant will open up the kitchen and bring everything out for the afternoon.

"It's going to be what we consider a Christmas feast," Special Events and Sales Coordinator at The Oaks Course Serra Phillips said. "The putting contest is really big, we always put up a big prize."

This year the Oaks Course will have an Adopt A Reindeer program where golfers and non-golfers alike may adopt a reindeer, made by the Oaks Course turf care staff, with all proceeds from the program going to the Miracle League. The reindeer will be placed along the course with a tag of the person adopting them. The cost of adopting the reindeer is $25 for a small and $100 for the large reindeer. Separate donations can also be made at the Oaks Course.

With 23 teams already participating, spots are going fast as the tournament is being limited to 28 teams in order to keep play moving without backlog.

"I feel like I can speak for everybody when I say that we're looking forward to a great Christmas celebration getting everybody together have a good day," Oaks Course golf professional Rex Richardson said. "The golf is more of an added bonus. It's more than golf that day."

The Oaks Course Director of Operation Dick Schulz added that "the Miracle League is the big winner."

For more information or to reserve your team, contact the Oaks Course at 770-786-3801 or at golfoaks.com.