The 15th Annual

Knoxville Croquet Tournament

Knoxville Opera Guild invites you to celebrate the 15th year of this landmark event, a benefit for Knoxville Opera, on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at UT’s superb RecSports Fields on Sutherland Avenue. The tournament is a rapid form of croquet, perfect for novices and social players.  It requires no experience and is lots of fun.  Ask a friend to participate – make a party of it! Please register for the tournament on or before May 16, 2019.


Traditional White Sports or Old World Elegant attire is encouraged.  For example, women might wear a long dress with garden party hat and men might be seen in turn-of-the-century whites.

Event Features:

  • Playing Croquet on the Green*
  • Gourmet Brunch under the Great Tent
  • High Tea and Champagne with Strawberries & Cream
  • Trophies for Croquet Tournament & Vintage Costume Contest
  • Competition for the Knoxville Arts Challenge Cup
  • Awards
  • Bocce Game
  • Vintage Autos

Croquet Tournament Details:

We will be playing a shortened version of croquet, an easy-to-learn variation of the game we all love.  Two-player teams proceed through up to five wickets; no experience is necessary.  The first team to score three wickets wins! There will be a court captain at each court who will give instructions, organize the game, and answer any questions.  Games typically run around 20 minutes – it’s fast-paced and lots of fun!  Additional excitement will mark the awarding of the Knoxville Arts Challenge Cup.  Cheer on the heads of Knoxville Opera, Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville Museum of Art, and Clarence Brown Theatre, as they compete for Knoxville’s most prestigious croquet award!

Tournament Options:

  1. Play in the tournament alone (We will pair you with a partner!)
  2. Play in the tournament by signing up with a partner.
  3. Enjoy the day’s events without playing in the tournament.

Included in this elegant event is a SILENT AUCTION. Businesses and individuals are encouraged to donate retail or personal items, gift cards, or experiences.  Click HERE (link coming soon) for the auction donation form. Thank you!

Business and individual SPONSORSHIPS are available at levels between $500 and $15,000. Sponsors are acknowledged in the event invitation (if received by March 20) and at the event.

Schedule of Events

Registration: Starts at 10:30 AM

Knoxville Arts Challenge Cup*: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Gourmet Brunch: 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Croquet Tournament Play: 12:30 PM until winners are determined

Champagne High Tea with strawberries and cream: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM (winners of vintage costume contest announced)

Awards Ceremony: At the conclusion of play

Cash Bar all day.

Location: UT RecSports Fields on Sutherland Avenue

Arts Challenge Cup winners from Clarence Brown Theatre – Brooks Clark, Ralph Norman Co-Chair, Cal MacLean

Costume Contest winners and runners-up – Rosina Guerra, Dr. G. Mark Cramolini, Colleen Scott, Ralph Norman

13th Annual Knoxville Croquet tournament winners – Kimbro Maguire, Penny Lynch, Audrey Duncan Co-Chair, Ralph Norman Co-Chair, runners-up Billy Smiddy, Tyler Kress