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Lopez welcomes another big field to her annual Hospice tournament

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Heavy rains overnight could not wash out the 24th annual Nancy Lopez Hospice Golf Classic at the Doublegate Country Club.

The LPGA Hall of Famer says the morning flight had plenty of fun even though the course was still a bit wet and she knew the afternoon flight would have even more fun.

All players enjoy the VIP treatment at this tournament which includes a hug and photo with one of the greatest players in professional golf history.

Much of the money raised from her tournament in recent years has gone towards the construction of the Willson Hospice House scheduled to open next year.

Nancy Lopez is very happy the community continues to support Hospice during the tough economic times.

With professional golf tours struggling to find tournament sponsors, she is worried the impact it will have on the charities they serve.

Nancy Lopez said. "Charity is our number one priority. We have to make money for our charities. We have our events and of course you make a lot of money if we win. But we are still helping charities. That is what we need to do. We have to not forget that is what it is all about."

The Nancy Lopez Hospice weekend concludes Saturday with the Nancy Lopez and Friends golf clinic at the First Tee Course behind the Albany Civic Center.

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