Cro­quet show­down

Char­ity tour­ney slated for Cherry Blos­som Fes­ti­val

The Covington News - - Newton @ Play - By Jenny Thompson

The Heart­land Wo­man’s Club will host its 17th an­nual Cherry Blos­som Char­ity Cro­quet Tour­na­ment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at the Ge­or­gia In­ter­na­tional Horse Park in Cony­ers.

Debby Van­der­bunt, club co­pres­i­dent, said the tour­na­ment is the only one in the At­lanta area that she is aware.

“We have some peo­ple who’ve come ev­ery year,” Van­der­bunt said. “We have a cor­po­rate group from Al­pharetta who come ev­ery year and say they wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

She added rounds of golf-cro­quet take about 20 min­utes to play and the game is ex­tremely easy to learn.

“You don’t have to know how to play,” Van­der­bunt said. “We’ll teach you that day and it’s a lot of fun.”

The tour­na­ment will in­clude a cro­que­tathon and a sticky wicket con­test. Van­der­bunt likened the cro­que­tathon com­pe­ti­tion to shot put where dif­fer­ent col­ored balls count for dif­fer­ent amount of points de­pended on how far they are hit.

She said the sticky wicket con­test is set up like an ob­sta­cle course sort of like minia­ture golf.

The $50 reg­is­tra­tion fee cov­ers equip­ment, break­fast and lunch. All pro­ceeds go to­ward a dif­fer­ent New­ton and Rock­dale county char­ity ev­ery year.

“We av­er­age col­lect­ing be­tween $5,000 and $6,000 ev­ery year,” Van­der­bunt said.

This year, pro­ceeds col­lected will go to Friends of New­ton Parks for the con­struc­tion of a new park ad­ja­cent to the New­ton County Li­brary as well as to Rock­dale Se­nior Ser­vices Olivia Hay­del Se­nior Cen­ter for the pur­chase of new items to ac­com­mo­date the needs of the ex­pand­ing fa­cil­ity.

Heart­land Wo­man’s Club mem­bers will also hold a silent auc­tion and award prizes to those in the best cro­quet cos­tumes af­ter the tour­na­ment.

Ad­ver­tis­ing con­tri­bu­tions and spon­sor­ship fees are be­ing ac­cepted un­til March 14. Con­tri­bu­tions of $250 or more in­clude two free en­tries to play plus a court spon­sor­ship with the com­pany name em­bla­zoned on a flag and placed on one of the courts of play.

Spon­sor­ships be­tween $150 and $249 in­clude two free en­tries and con­tri­bu­tions of $100 to $149 in­clude one free ticket.

To reg­is­ter to play or be­come a spon­sor of the tour­na­ment, con­tact Debby Van­der­bunt at (770) 786-5002 or de­vbunt@ mind­spring.com.

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Get in on the ac­tion: The Heart­land Wo­man’s Club will host its 17th an­nual Cherry Blos­som Char­ity Cro­quet Tour­na­ment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 29 at the Ge­or­gia In­ter­na­tional Horse Park in Cony­ers.

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