Valdosta Daily Times

April 22, 2013

South Georgia Classic: Week-long slate of events begins today

Ed Hooper
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Seventh Annual South Georgia Classic begins today at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club in Valdosta.

While the tournament doesn’t officially begin until Thursday, there are plenty of things going on at the South Georgia Classic today through Wednesday.

The week of slam-packed activities begins today with the playing of an afternoon Pro-Am, pitting some of the Tour’s best players with the civilian teams from the South Georgia area.

On Tuesday, all of the participants of the South Georgia Classic presented by First State Bank and Trust Company will get their first look at the course setup when they will spend the day walking the course in the official practice round.

Following the practice round, the pairings for Thursday’s opening round will be announced Tuesday night at a pairings party held at Valdosta State University.

The final set of Pro-Ams will be played Wednesday, with morning and afternoon tee times being available. The first round of the tournament begins Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

Weather for the event shouldn’t be an issue, until Sunday. Thursday has just a 10 percent chance of rain, with forecasts calling for a zero percent chance of rain on Friday. There is a projected 20 percent chance of rain Saturday and a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms Sunday, which could affect the final round.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 80s all week.

Kinderlou Forest will look considerably different from its normal setup for this week’s event. The hole numbers have been swapped from their original location; the front nine holes on a general setup for Kinderlou Forest will act as the back nine holes for the Classic.

The 18th hole, which normally serves as the ninth hole on the course, is surrounded by grand stands and sky boxes for the viewing pleasure of fans.  

For fans looking for a short walk from public parking, hole Nos. 13 and 14 are great viewing advantages for the walking public.

Public parking for the event will be available free of charge off Highway 84 right before the entrance to Kinderlou Forest Golf Club. Spectators are encouraged to follow the signs on Highway 84. From there, spectators will be shuttled to the main entrance of the tournament located off the No. 18 fairway.

Spectators are encouraged to be considerate of those standing behind them and kneel or sit whenever possible to allow for better viewing. Spectators should be silent throughout each shot and not move until the entire group has played or holed out.

Tickets are still available for the event and will be available at the gate.

A week pass costs $15, while a one-day ticket is $5. All tickets for this year’s event will benefit a local charity. Currently, the South Georgia Classic has agreed to support 16 local charities, and patrons may select which charity they wish to support when purchasing a ticket.

Saturday’s round is “Wear your Blue to Kinderlou” Day. The day is in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Every Tour event played in April is encouraging all players to wear blue Saturday and tournament officials are passing out pins with the autism logo to raise awareness. The general public is encouraged to wear blue.

Throughout the week, all active, retired or reserved military personnel and their dependents will be granted admission to a free skybox, with a valid ID. In this way, tournament officials want to thank members of the military for their service.

Concession areas for the event will be located throughout the golf course as well as a main concession area adjacent to the 18th green.

Fans looking to purchase South Georgia Classic and Kinderlou Forest Golf Club merchandise can do so throughout the week at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club Pro-shop.