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Players needed for annual Charity Croquet Tournament

Players take their turns at rounds of croquet on the soccer fields at Oxford College of Emory University in the 2013 Georgia Heartland Woman’s Club Charity Croquet Tournament. This year’s tournament, which benefits local non-profits, takes place on Saturday at Oxford. (Special Photo)

Players take their turns at rounds of croquet on the soccer fields at Oxford College of Emory University in the 2013 Georgia Heartland Woman’s Club Charity Croquet Tournament. This year’s tournament, which benefits local non-profits, takes place on Saturday at Oxford. (Special Photo)

OXFORD — The 23rd annual Georgia Heartland Woman’s Club Charity Croquet Tournament will be held Saturday, March 15, at the soccer fields at Oxford College of Emory University in Newton County.

Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and play will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until about 2 p.m., with a lunch break. Entry fee is $50 and includes play and breakfast and lunch.

Games follow the golf croquet format and usually last no more than 25 minutes. Those unfamiliar with the game will be given a lesson before play begins.

“It’s a simple game and anyone of any age will enjoy,” said Debby Vanderbunt, event chairman, in a press release.

There will be prizes for the winners of each bracket and prizes for those who dress traditionally, all in white, for croquet.

There will also be a silent auction for numerous gift baskets.

All proceeds raised from the tournament will support two local charities.

One of the beneficiaries is Phoenix Pass, a Rockdale-based non-profit that provides single mothers and their children with transitional housing and life skills training.

The other non-profit receiving funds is A Child’s Voice Advocacy Center Inc., which serves Newton, Walton and surrounding counties and is designed to meet the needs of children who are victims of sexual or physical abuse or neglect.

“The tournament is a great way to have a day of fun with family or friends and help people in local counties who are in need,” said Vanderbunt. “Everyone is welcome to play or just drop by to enjoy the event.”