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LPGA Futures Tour Announces Vidalia, Georgia Tournament
Tuesday, 14 December 2010

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Sam Page, Jr. of Hawkspoint, Dori Carter (LPGA), Steve Holton, GM Hawkspoint and Tracy Kerdyk, VP of New Business Development with LPGA Futures Tour

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Dec. 14, 2010 – The LPGA Futures Tour announced today the $110,000 Vidalia Championship, which will take place at Hawk's Point Golf Club in Vidalia, Georgia. The inaugural tournament will be held August 26-28 and will bring 144 professional women golfers from around the world to "The Sweet Onion City". The Tour has signed a three-year deal with Hawk's Point for the tournament.

"The LPGA Futures Tour is delighted to add Vidalia to our official 2011 schedule,” said Zayra F. Calderon, CEO of the LPGA Futures Tour.  “There has never been a better time to showcase our young, talented professionals in this community and the state of Georgia, known for its golf-savvy fans.  With more than 500 players who have graduated to the LPGA Tour, this region will enjoy watching the players as they compete on this challenging golf course and attempt to win a guaranteed spot on the LPGA Tour.”

Hawk’s Point Golf Club, owned by Tiger Creek Ranch, LLC, draws golfers from many areas to face the challenges of this 18-hole semi-private course. Hawk's Point recently underwent a complete new renovation, which included a banquet and conference center. Reopened in 2009, Hawk's Point was redesigned as a shot-makers course and stretched to 6,743 yards from the tips, hosting Champion greens with multiple bunkers and water added.

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Vidalia Communications Zack Fowler emcees announcement of LPGA Futures Tournament at Talons Grill facility at Hawkspoint

"Hawk’s Point is a course ideally suited for championship play, offering many challenges," Hawk’s Point General Manager Steve Holton said. "This shot-makers course requires careful shot process to score well. We look forward to hosting today’s brightest stars of the Tour as they’re tested both from a playability and mental standpoint. The City of Vidalia and Hawk’s Point are proud to host the Vidalia Championship and share in this wonderful partnership with the LPGA Futures Tour."

The 54-hole Vidalia Championship marks the return of the LPGA Futures Tour to Georgia. The Duramed Invitational was last held in 2008 at the Chateau Elan Golf Club in Braselton, Ga. The tournament was won by Vicky Hurst, who earned her LPGA card that season and now competes full-time on the LPGA Tour.

About Hawk's Point Golf Club

Hawk’s Point Golf Club is owned by Tiger Creek Ranch, LLC. In 2008, Hawk’s Point made a major investment to perform a new build on its existing course. Headed up by Don McMillan Golf Course Construction and Steve Holton, General Manager, Hawk’s Point underwent a complete new renovation.

Redesigned as a shot-makers course and stretched to 6,743 yards from the tips, hosting Champion greens with multiple bunkers and water added, Hawk’s Point is truly a championship golf course sitting quietly in a small Georgia rural community. Located in Vidalia, Georgia, Home of the Sweet Vidalia Onions, Hawk’s Point draws golfers from many areas to face the challenges of this 18-hole semi-private course. A new addition to Hawk’s Point is Talon’s Grill and Hawk’s Nest, Vidalia’s finest Banquet/Conference Center. Reopened in December 2009, Hawk’s Point is now proud to host the LPGA Futures Tour Vidalia Championship. www.hawkspointgolfclub.com

About the LPGA Futures Tour

Entering its 31st competitive season in 2011, the LPGA Futures Tour has become the world’s largest international women’s developmental tour. As the "Road to the LPGA," the Tour has remained committed to developing LPGA stars of tomorrow and creating viable role models for youth today. The top 10 money winners each season earn automatic membership on the LPGA Tour. With more than 300 alumnae as current members of the LPGA, former LPGA Futures Tour players have won a total of 345 LPGA titles, including 37 major championships. LPGA Futures Tour events have contributed more than $4 million to charitable organizations throughout the nation since 1989. Follow the LPGA Futures Tour on the web at lpgafuturestour.com; facebook.com/Duramedfuturestour; twitter.com/ROAD2LPGA and youtube.com/ROAD2LPGA.

 
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