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Registration is open for the ABAC SANR Classic golf tournament at ABAC’s Forest Lakes course on Sept. 24.

TIFTON — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College's Forest Lakes Golf Club is set to be the location for the 21st Annual School of Agriculture and Natural Resources Classic Golf Tournament on Sept. 24.

Hosted by ABAC's Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Council and SANR, the tournament is intended to help generate funds for student scholarships and faculty and staff professional development, college officials said in a statement.

The tournament is planned to be a four-person scramble, the start of the event signaled by a shotgun. Each participant will be required to pay a $125 entry fee per person, or can choose to pay $500 instead for an entire four-person team, which will also cover lunch, drinks, golf balls, a cart and greens fee, a premium golf shirt embroidered with the tournament logo and more assorted products, college officials said.

Vonda Fenn, tournament coordinator, said winners will receive custom-made 3D-printed trophies designed by students of SANR's Agricultural Technology and Systems Management program.

In addition to this tournament, the SANR Classic's ball drop event is scheduled to return for its eighth year three days later on Sept. 27.

Individuals can purchase numbered golf balls, which will be placed into the bucket of a front-end loader and dropped onto the putting green. Whichever ball rolls closest to and/or drops into the designated hole on the green will be declared the winner, the owner of said ball receiving an assortment of prizes, college officials said.

Participants may choose to purchase any number of balls, from one at $5, six for $25, 12 for $45, 25 for $85 or 50 for $150. Each ball sold will be marked with a unique number, which will be used to identify the winners.

The grand prize winner of the ball drop will have the option to select from three rewards: a seven-night vacation in Panama City at the Edgewater Beach Resort and Golf Course, a half-day quail hunt at Southern Woods Plantation, accompanied by Georgia State Sen. Tyler Harper or a professional photography session with Joy Carter Photography. The second-place finisher will be able to select one of the remaining two options, while the third-place finisher will receive the final prize available.

The 21st Annual SANR Classic will have two flights, one at 8 a.m. and one at 1 p.m. Golf balls can be purchased now for the ball drop by calling Fenn at (229) 391-5067 or emailing them at vfenn@abac.edu, with the ball drop itself beginning at 1:30 p.m.

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