July 19, 2013

Softball championship keeps coming to town

From Staff Reports

— This week marks the sixth straight year the Softball Players Association (SPA) Majors/Ma-jors-Plus World Tournament has been held in Dalton.

More than 30 senior softball teams with players ages 50 to 65 began competition Thursday morning at Heritage Point Park. Games continue through Saturday and there is no admission to attend.

At this month’s Dalton Hos-pitality Association meeting, SPA director Ridge Hooks was asked why he had chosen Dalton to host this tournament, as well as another SPA tournament in September.

“There are a lot of places that have approached us to host these tournaments over the past years, but we have politely declined them all in favor of this community,” he said. “Over the past seven years with our September tournament, and the past six with the July tournament, Dalton has taken such great care of us we just couldn’t think of going anywhere else.”

This week’s tournament is expected to bring close to half a million dollars of economic impact to the Dalton community, according to the Dalton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

To learn more about the SPA tournaments, please contact the burean at (706) 270-9960 or visit softballspa.com.