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Hooters Tour hoping rain holds off

Dougherty County-- Tournament officials with the NGA Hooters Tour are hoping that this week's Michelob Ultra Classic at Stonebridge Country Club won't end like the previous two stops on their schedule.

Due to bad weather those tournaments were shortened to 54 holes and with rain in the forecast later this week, officials are keeping their fingers crossed that they won't have to do the same here in Albany.

Of course Stonebridge is already saturated after taking in over 10 inches of rain in the past week. But with today's windy conditions and the sun shining brightly, the course is suprisingly holding up just fine.

In fact, the Monday qualifiers teeing it up today only had to wait a few hours for maintenance workers to repair the bunkers before battling it out for the final ten spots in the tournament.

This is the fourth year the Hooters Tour has stopped in Albany and the fourth year that weather has played a factor in the tourney. Tournament director Jeff Harlow says that they're prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at them.

"If we do get some weather we'll do the best we can. If at all possible we'll try to get in 72 holes, but if something comes up where we have to cut it to 54 or worse case 36 we'll do that but I'm going to knock on some wood and hope that 72 is in the cards for us," Harlow said.

The Michelob Ultra Classic tees off Thursday morning. There will be a free junior clinic at Stonebridge tomorrow afternoon at 4:30. The Hooters Pro-Am will be Wednesday.

Posted by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com