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August 29--  It was like the United Nations of professional golf over the weekend at Hawks Point Golf Course in Vidalia.

"We got to see I believe it was 36 different countries and 36 different states represented and we showcased great golf in Vidalia," says assistant pro Judson Clark.

Up and coming women golfers from all over the world were in Vidalia for the city's first ever professional golf tournament, the Vidalia Championship of the Ladies Professional Golf Association's Futures Tour.  They were competing for a share of the $110,000 purse and a chance to play on the LPGA Tour next year.

{mosimage}  Tour rookie Sydnee Michaels from California addresses the gallery after her win Sunday.

Futures Tour Director Christy Barts is happy with the week of golf.  "Vidalia is true southern hospitality and this golf course, it's a magnificient golf course and it's only going to get better as it grows and continues to bloom.  It's phenomenal.  What a great week.  The Page family and everyone here at Hawk's Point have been wonderful," she says.

Course owner Andy Page says one of his goals when the course was rebuilt three years ago was to attract a professional golf tournament to Vidalia. 
"We're looking forward to many more years of this.  We tried to design it in such a way to meet the requirements of having a pro tournament here and that's exactly what we got," he says.

{mosimage}  Michaels finishes nine-under to win at Hawk's Point.

The golfers described the course as tough, but fair, and in great shape.  That's what Greens Superintendent Marty Clark had in mind.  "Everybody had a great time and when a girl like Sydnee Michaels can come out here and shoot nine under par, she played fantastic.  All the hard work by all of my staff and all the staff here at Hawks Point made every second we've been out here worthwhile," he said.

Only two golfers in the field of 144 were able to finish the 54-hole tournament with sub-par scores. Clark believes "that's a testment to the golf course, what good shape it's in and how tough the layout is and the design of it, but they enjoyed it, tha's the main thing."

The Futures Tour golfers will return next year and Judson Clark says Hawks Point will be ready.  "We're going to sit down in the next week or so and write down what worked and what didn't work and what we can do to make this one of the best events on the circuit," he says.