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Cole Swindell hits the green ahead of concert performance

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Rising country music star and Terrell County native Cole Swindell will perform in downtown Albany for many of his first fans Friday night.

But he spent the day golfing with friends for a good cause.

Swindell, says he's been looking forward to this day for a long time.

"It's always good to be back home and to get to do what I do all over the country back here tonight, and for a great cause," said Swindell. "It's going to be awesome to get to play some golf with my buddies."

The Bronwood native hit the links for the 13th annual Crosshanded Classic, hosted by Albany native and professional golfer Josh Broadaway.

"This is how I started playing professional golf. I raised money and started playing and using that money to play as a professional and it's kind of grown," said Broadaway. "I've had a little success that's turned into a charity event now."

While the singer and songwriter was golfing, crews geared up for the sold out show at the State Theatre in downtown Albany at 8 p.m.

Swindell started out selling merchandise on tour with Luke Bryan. But his recent hit "Chillin' It" is making him a household name.

"I dreamed of it, but I didn't think it would ever happen this fast," recalled Swindell. "The way one song, it shows you a year ago I did this event and we rode down here in a van and trailer and a year later we're doing it again on my bus. It's crazy how much has changed in just one year."

He will be back on tour with Luke Bryan next month.

This summer the tour will be playing at NFL stadiums, something Swindell says he's really excited about.

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