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Idle Hour making final preparations for weekend's Georgia Amateur Championship

The Georgia Amateur Championship begins Thursday at Idle Hour Country Club.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The 93rd edition of the Georgia Amateur Championship will take place at Idle Hour Club this weekend.

It's the eighth time the course has held the event--more times than any other course in the state.

The 144-player tournament is spread out over four days.  After the second day, the field will be cut to the lowest 70 plus ties, plus anyone within ten strokes of the leader.

It takes a lot to get a course ready for a big event like this.  We spoke with Director of Greens and Grounds Wade Thomas Wednesday.  He says they'll be putting on the finishing touches at about 4:45 a.m. Thursday.

"What we'll do in the morning is double cut the greens, trying to achieve nice, firm, fast conditions for the competitors," he says.  "Also, we'll dew drag fairways.  First group goes at 7:30 in the morning, so we'll have quite a task to be ready for it. We'll have tee times going on front and back, so the golf course will be full by 9 o'clock."

Thomas says birdies will be hard to come by.

"We have grown the rough up to 3+ inches," he says.  "The premium is going to be on hitting the fairways off of your tee box.  If you don't do that, challenging your iron shot onto the green is going to be very difficult."

Thomas added the greens are small, which makes the course even tougher.

Play starts at 7:35 Thursday morning and continues through the weekend.

"All spectators are welcome," Thomas says. "We have plenty of parking, and you'll see some great golf out here."
 
The 2014 champion will be crowned Sunday afternoon. Click here for pairings and tee times.



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