By Curt Yeomans
Mother Nature will have to produce a light-and-sound show with today's predicted rain, if she is to stop the annual Clayton State Foundation Town and Gown Golf Tournament in Hampton, the university's development director said Thursday.
The tournament was originally scheduled to take place on Oct. 12, but was rained out and pushed back to today, Clayton State Director of Development Reda Rowell said.
"As long as it's not thundering, we can go forward with this tournament," Rowell said. "And in case it does thunder, I guess I'll bring a couple extra decks of cards for people to play in the club house."
The one-round, 18-hole tournament will be held at Crystal Lake Country Club, located at 100 Crystal Lake Boulevard, in Hampton.
While today is the "rain date" for the tournament, golfers are, actually, likely to see some rain on the green. As of Thursday evening, the National Weather Service's web site showed a "100 percent" chance for one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch of rainfall in the Atlanta area today, although the web site reports the rain is likely to mainly happen after 2 p.m.
The golfers are scheduled to tee off at 10 a.m., according to a press release from the university.
The tournament is a fund-raiser for scholarships for honors students at Clayton State, Rowell said. Every year, she said, the foundation gives out an average of $75,000 in scholarships to these students.
She said the foundation has raised $30,000 through the tournament so far this year, although about $5,000 will go to pay for tournament expenses.
In addition to door prizes, such as putters, clubs and golf balls, Alan Vigil Ford in Morrow is scheduled to sponsor a "Hole-in-One" competition on hole 15, Rowell said. She said a tournament official will be at the hole to verify whether someone has made a hole-in-one.
The prize will be a new Mercury Milan, Rowell said.
Same-day registration for the tournament will begin at 8:30 a.m., with space available for 28 more golfers, Rowell said. There were 72 people signed up to participate in the tournament as of Thursday afternoon, and the foundation only has space for a total of 100 golfers "because that's how many golf carts the country club has," Rowell said.
The entry cost is $600 for a four-person team, or $200 for an individual. There will be first- and second-place team prizes. Each participant will also receive a tournament T-shirt, and a State Farm insurance company golf towel and golf balls, Rowell said.