VIDALIA, GA (WTOC) - The course at Hawk's Point Golf Club sat empty Tuesday in the December morning chill. But leaders of the LPGA Futures Tour promised the new Vidalia Championship will heat things up next August. Many in town couldn't be happier to bring more than 100 pro golfers to town.
"It's really gonna be great considering they play all over the country. It's a great event and a great thing for this city and we're looking forward to it," stated Mayor Ronnie Dixon.
The one week stop on the tour will mean roughly half a million dollars in tourism for Vidalia and the area. Valdosta's Dori Carter played the tour this year and was happy, for the golfers and golf fans, it will return to Georgia.
"It's a little more relaxed than an LPGA event. But I will tell you, come Friday morning, it will be much more serious. Game on!" she stated. "But during the practice rounds, you're talking to the golfers, they're talking to you."
"When you come out, you're seeing the players you'll see on TV the next couple of years," assured tour vice president Tracy Kerdyk. "You'll see terrific golf, great shots made and it is an atmosphere that you can bring the family."
She said the owners of Hawk's Point contacted them for consideration and the recently rebuilt course and new restaurant and conference center made it a natural fit. Carter thinks the tournament will be a good draw to the region and the region with compliment the competition.
"It's promoting women's golf in the state of Georgia. I'm thrilled and the girls on the future's tour will love it," she said.
Her only regret is the word comes after she's qualified to move up to the big tour. But she assured they'll be plenty of future greats to take her place.