Emerald Coast Golf Tour coming to ACC in June

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 17, 2019

The Emerald Coast Golf Tour is will make a stop in Covington County in June when they come to play at the Andalusia Country Club.

The tournament will be played June 19-21.

On the June 18, some of professional golfers will provide a free junior clinic for local kids.

“The kids are the future of golf,” Emerald Coast Tour director Geno Celano said of why they started offering the free clinic. “It starts at a young age so we want to try to get kids introduced to golf. Get them outside and play golf because it’s a great sport. Get them off computers and things they spend all their time on. It’s just a great game and you have to get them started young.”

One of the tour pros that will put on the clinic is Andalusia’s Zach Portemont.

“I know I’ve got Zach Portemont who is from here and plays on our tour on a regular basis,” Celano said of the pros that will put on the clinic. “I’m working on a couple more of my tour pros to help while they are here playing in the tournament.”

The free youth clinic be held at the driving range at 4 p.m.

On Tuesday night, there will be a kickoff party for all participants beginning at 7 p.m., at the country club.

The first round for the professionals will be at 1 p.m., on Wednesday. This will be the Pro-Am day for all pros and amateurs.

The Pro-Am will be a two best ball of four format with one pro and three amateurs.

The Pro-Am entry fee is $100

The awards party will be held in clubhouse at the end of play Wednesday.

On Thursday, the pros come back to compete for their second round of play with a players party held at the conclusion of the day’s play.

The third and final round for the pros will be held on Friday. The awards presentation will follow in the clubhouse.

The public is welcome to come watch the tournament.

“They will see some good golf,” Celano said. “I expect our defending champion Jacob Harper to be coming back to compete. There are a lot of good golfers here that are trying to play for their PGA card. We have guys that have competed in this tour that are now competing in the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour. We are kind of the minor leagues of baseball. These guys have to start somewhere.”

This will be the sixth year that Emerald Coast Tour has made a stop at the Andalusia Country Club.

“Andalusia is a great town,” Celano said. “We love being able to play on a great course like the Andalusia Country Club.”