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Slots still open for golf, tennis

NATCHEZ — Slots are still open for both golf and tennis teams at the 20th annual Natchez-Adams Chamber of Commerce Golf Scramble and Tennis Tournament.

Tournament play will begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Duncan Park as golfers and doubles tennis partners will look to earn bragging rights. Chamber President Debbie Hudson said there are currently 18 golf teams, and the tournament can host up to 24. She also said they could use more tennis players, especially men.

“We still have openings,” Hudson stressed.

The golf tournament will use a four-man scramble format, with different “challenges” for each hole, ranging from the longest putt to the closest to the hole to the longest drive.

“I think if they had (challenges) at every tournament that people would get tired of them, but they still enjoy it with us,” Hudson said. “They get competitive.”

In addition, there will be several hole-in-one prizes available, including a 2013 GMC Terrain on hole 13; a vacation for four to Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno, Nev., on hole six; a couples getaway to Boot Ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, on hole nine; and a set of TaylorMade Driver and Woods golf clubs on hole 15.

The Chamber added men’s, women’s and mixed doubles tennis to the annual tournament several years ago, and Hudson said that aspect of the event has grown over time.

“We had 15 teams the first year, and it’s doubled since then,” Hudson said. “They’ve really enjoyed it.”

The tournament helps raise money for different activities the Chamber hosts each year, and Hudson said she’s pleased with how people continue to participate annually.

“I think they know it’s one of those established things (in our community),” Hudson said. “They can either be with the people in their office as they take off work Friday or meet people for business. It’s good camaraderie.”

Golf registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Friday, and the entry fee for golfers and tennis players is $100, with two mulligans available for $10 in golf. Tennis registration begins at 11 a.m., with lunch at 11:30 a.m. The tournament will also feature a ball drop, and tickets can be purchase for $20 apiece.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 601-445-4611.

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