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Wednesday, May. 01, 2013

36 teams play Fort Benning Golf Course tradition

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With participation at a max during the best golfing months of the year and a high turnout even in January, Fort Benning Golf Course head professional George Cliff said he knows he’s doing something right with the Fort Benning Monthly Scramble.

With the warm weather of spring arriving, the event saw its best turnout of the year Thursday with 144 players, which made up 36 teams.

“We’ve had great participation in the last few months,” Cliff said. “A lot of people don’t realize how big these tournaments are.”

The monthly scramble was first formed in 1989 and was known as the “Pay Day Scramble” until the name was changed in 1990 to the “CG Monthly Scramble,” which it held until last summer when it was renamed the “Fort Benning Monthly Scramble.”

“Virtually every Army post has one of these tournaments, but we were the first to ever have it,” Cliff said.

The highest turnout for 2012 was 172 in June, Cliff said, and all indications are the summer months will see similar numbers.

“That’s a heck of a lot of people,” he said. “We’re very consistent. We don’t stress what you shoot, but how much fun you have.”

The maximum amount of players the tournament can hold is 144, but that number is sometimes higher if players choose to play in the morning hours, Cliff said. Most players tee off around noon on a shotgun start.

January had 110 players and February, when a late spell of cold weather arrived, nearly maxed out at 140 The affordability of the tournament and the prizes players can win are the two main draws, Cliff said.

The cost per person is $30, which includes green fee, cart and food. A prize drawing is available at no extra cost and the top prizes usually consist of a set of irons or a top-of-the-line driver.

“We put an emphasis on drawings and that everyone has a chance to win,” Cliff said.

The next monthly scramble will be May 30. To register, contact the Fort Benning Golf Course at 706-687-1940.

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