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Five flights of doubles will get plenty of play both on and off the courts in this week-long April celebration.

Croquet balls on and off the court await players from throughout the United States, Canada, Bermuda and the Caribbean at the 17th edition of the National Club Team Championships, to be held on the five lawns (two brand new) at the Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, home of the USCA, April 15-21. (Other Palm Beach area croquet venues may also be used during the early rounds.)

Clubs may enter teams in various flights based on handicaps and club-member totals. All flights compete for USCA national championship titles, and all club teams compete cumulatively for the Lyons Trophy, awarded to the club with the best overall record.

"This is the USCA's most entertaining event," says Mike Weimerskirch, USCA Director of Croquet. "Traditionally, this tournament attracts a full spectrum of players - from beginners to experienced pros. The team-play makes it fun and exciting, plus everybody is here to have a good time. It's one of the best opportunities to meet other players from around the country. It's a real celebration of croquet."

One hundred or so players are expected for the week-long tournament. Social events include the opening ceremonies and reception on Sunday, April 14; the Croquet Foundation of America "Appreciation Ball" on Tuesday, April 16 (tournament participants are eligible for discount tickets); the USCA Annual Awards Dinner Dance, Friday, April 19; and a champagne luncheon on Sunday, April 21, along with the Club Team trophy presentations and closing ceremonies. Luncheon is served courtside every day.

The USCA will also conduct its Annual Meeting during the tournament, on Monday, April 15. All USCA members are invited to attend.

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