Valdosta Daily Times

June 19, 2013

52nd Annual Valdosta Open tees off

Derrick Davis
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — The Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta and the Valdosta Country Club are hosting the 52nd annual Valdosta Open June 29-30.

 Tournament play begins on Saturday, June 29 at 9 a.m. and concludes following the final player’s round on Sunday, June 30.

The format of this year’s edition of the Valdosta Open has been altered from what players have been accustomed to the past few years.

This year, the Valdosta Open will run 36 holes of a 4-ball style tournament; teams consist of two players, whose handicaps must be within six shots of each other, each player plays each hole and the team decides which player’s score is counted for each hole.

The team with the lowest score on Sunday will walk away with the Valdosta Open Cup and $750 in gift certificates to the Valdosta Country Club. An individual winner will be named as well.

The field consists of the first 65 teams to enter.

Teams travel from all over the South Georgia area to play in the Valdosta Open, including some of the best golfers in the region.

Sam Hogan and Nick Daughtery, last year’s Jack Oliver champions, are scheduled to play this year, and a team coming from Moultrie, Kevin Blanton and Casey Willis, have a few Jack Oliver titles between them as well.

The Valdosta Open began in 1961, and is one of the area’s most respected golf tournaments.

The Valdosta Open has an $225 entry fee per player that includes the following: tee gift, lunch buffet on Saturday/Sunday, gift certificates, tournament cart rounds, and range balls for every round.

A portion of the entry fee will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta to promote the social, educational, health, leadership, and character development of boys and girls during the critical periods of his or her growth.