VALDOSTA — It’s Labor Day weekend. Which must also mean it’s time for the Jack Oliver Invitational.

A full field of 144 golfers tee it up today in the first round of the Jack Oliver at Valdosta Country Club.

This will be the 67th annual Jack Oliver, which is named after a standout local golfer (whose grandson and namesake won the tournament in 1980 and 1983). The tournament has traditionally been played on Labor Day weekend, a weekend that has usually attracted good-sized fields for the tournament.

“Everything is looking good for the tournament,” Valdosta Country Club pro Rob Williams said. “The course is in great shape. The weather looks like it will be good. The hurricane is going to miss us, and that’s good news. We’re looking forward to a great tournament.”

Nic Daugharty will be trying to win his fourth straight Jack Oliver, a feat accomplished only by Dynamite Goodloe (1948-54) and Frank Eldridge (1960-63). Daugharty was also the 1995 and 1999 champion.

“Nic’s trying to win it for the fourth straight time, and he’s definitely one of the favorites,” Williams said.

Valdosta State’s entire golf team is entered into the tournament, including coach Jared Purvis.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if one of VSU’s golfers wound up winning it,” Williams said. “Jason Flowers has been playing great golf. So have Blake DeCesare and Nathaniel Balanis. They all had great summers on the course. They’re going to be some of the best golfers out there.”

The top 36 players will play in the championship flight, based on handicap. They’ll play normal stroke play golf.

The other 108 golfers will be broken up into other flights. They will play by the modified Stableford scoring system, which assigns point totals to each result (eagle, birdie, bogey, etc.), instead of counting the number of strokes.

The tournament will be 54 holes, and will conclude on Sunday afternoon.

The top finishers in each flight will receive prizes.

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