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March 3, 2014

NGA tourney this week at Springhill golf course

TIFTON —

If only a few names on the leaderboard for this week's National Golf Association Pro Golf Tour Spring Hill Classic seem familiar, do not feel alarmed. There may come a day when their faces are everywhere.

"They're the stars you haven't met yet," said Chris Dixon.

Dixon, who is the head golf pro at Spring Hill Country Club here in Tifton, will have his hands full for the event. Practice rounds started Monday with the first round set to go Thursday. The public is not only invited to come watch, no admission will be charged. 

The last round will be Sunday, with the $150,000 check presentation to the winner at 2:30 p.m. For those who cannot attend, the leaders will be updated on ngatour.com.

Spring Hill was also the site of the tournament last year and Dixon said they could not wait to return.

"They called the week after," said Dixon "and said they wanted to come back." 

A large part is the professionalism of the course.

"I have a good relationship with them. They know I'll have it ready."

He hopes that bad weather stays away this time. He said that while they were able to play all rounds and "get everything in," it was hectic.

Dixon also thinks there will be less of a learning curve for area residents, now that they know what exactly the NGA tour is.

"It's a developmental tour," he said. "The PGA tour is what players strive to be on." 

The NGA began play in 1988.

The NGA's website has a long list of names who have played on the greener greens of the PGA. Those include Jim Furyk, John Daly, Bubba Watson and former ABAC players Boo Weekley and Sonny Skinner.

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