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story.lead_photo.caption Kay Crumpton, left, and Nancy Palazzetti are the annual Twice As Nice Women's Invitational golf tournament defending champions. Crumpton and Palazzetti are one of 58 teams entered in this year's event, which will be held today and Thursday at Texarkana Country Club. Photo by Josh Richert / Texarkana Gazette.

TEXARKANA, Ark. — The 52nd annual Twice As Nice Women's Invitational will have the largest field in the history of the event today and Thursday at Texarkana Country Club.

There are 58 teams — 116 players — entered in this year's field. Competition begins with a 9 a.m. shotgun start each day, and today will have a best-ball format for the opening round.

"When it started out, if we got 30 teams, that was a good number," tournament director Carol Hoffman, who has run the event for 23 years, said. "It was the Spring Fling, and later because of the weather, they changed it from the spring to September; That's when we changed the name to Twice As Nice."

An optional shootout, for the players who wished to participate, will take place in the afternoon today, and Thursday's final round will be a scramble.

Teams from seven different states are represented in the Twice As Nice. Nancy Palazzetti of Rowlett, Texas, and Kay Crumpton of Cumby, Texas, are the defending champions.

"This is the largest turnout that we've had," Hoffman said. "We started out with 64 teams, but due to the hurricane (Laura) we lost some teams; they just couldn't make it."

There are ladies from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arizona and Florida competing in this year's event.

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