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June 19--  A two-week push is underway to fund reopening of nine holes at Rocky Creek Golf Course in Vidalia and bring the sport back to the Sweet Onion City.

A group of nearly 30 people met at the closed course Tuesday night and agreed to spearhead an effort to raise $500,000 and capitalize a corporation whose board of directors would direct the rebirth.

Those attending pledged $293,000 to jump start the fund drive and thanked the current owner of the property, Monroe Goss, for his agreement to lease the course for one dollar for 20 years.

"I felt like the need is there, the demand is there and I feel like it's a great opportunity for the community, that's the bottom line. I've had so many people call me about it wanting updates and saying I don't know why we can't have golf in Vidalia.  I think the approach we're taking where we can get in at a minimal cost with me doing a lease is just a great opportunity."

Vidalia has been without a golf course for nearly two years and Goss believes that's not a good thing for the community's quality of life and future economic development, "From the standpoint of economics, family life and all the way around, if you're going to be a successful, thriving community, you need to have golf.  You don't need people leaving the city of Vidalia and going somewhere else to play golf.  You need to do it right here at home," Goss observed.