September 14, 2004
Valdosta- The string of hurricanes that has hit the state of Florida this year have caused problems for everyone including the NGA-Hooters Tour.
The Hooters season ending tour championship tournament in Melbourne Florida has been moved back a week because of a damage done to the Suntree golf course by Hurricane Frances.
Now, Hurricane Ivan is forcing the tour to push back the schedule for the first ever Langdale Ford Championship at Valdosta's Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
The tournament, that was scheduled to start on Thursday, will now begin on Sunday.
The field will play 72 holes with the first two rounds on Sunday and Monday but the final two rounds will be played on Tuesday.
Players that make the cut after Monday's round will be allowed to drive a cart during the third round Tuesday morning to allow for faster play.
The decision to push the tournament back will cost many in the field more money to stay in town two extra days.
But with Kinderlou Forest is still recovering from the heavy rain it received during Hurricane Frances, tournament officials say they don't want to take any chances with Ivan looming nearby.
NGA Hooters Tour Vice President of Operations Steve White said "You are never are going to please 160 players but we try to make decisions based on the best interests of the tour and the best interest of the golf course. We can't just shut the golf course down for two weeks and hopefully have four days of tournament. They probably want to get some outside play in every once in awhile and make a dollar here or there."
The Pro-Am tournament for the Langdale Ford Championship will be played Saturday morning at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club.
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