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Ground broken on First Tee of Albany golf complex

June 2, 2004

Albany -- Construction on a long-planned golf complex behind the Albany Civic Center will start next week. The First Tee of Albany course will be a place for all youngsters to learn to play golf.

The groundbreaking for the First Tee Golf Complex was held Wednesday afternoon on the former site of Washington Homes. A 9-hole golf course, designed by the Arnold Palmer Company, with clubhouse and driving range, will be built here.

 First Tee will provide all young people the chance to golf and learn the game's life values. First Tee of Albany executive director Durante Kirby said "Granted we do want them to be good golfers, that's one of the components of the program. But that's not our primary objective. We are more concerned with creating pillars of the community."

First Tee reports that only two percent of American children ever get an opportunity to play golf, and only five percent of minorities are involved in the sport.

 First Tee of Albany hopes to give more Southwest Georgia children their chance to play.

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