Golf tournament set for Saturday

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When the 5th Annual Best Ball Scramble Golf Tournament opens early Saturday, one thing is for certain: the event will enjoy a record number of participants.

With the ambitious goals of organizers for the event this year, that’s a plus.

Last year, a last-minute surge meant 68 players took part, nearly 20 more than expected and a record number. This year, according to tournament chair Eileen Stone, numbers are already nearing 80. The deadline for registering, which costs $75, is Wednesday.

The annual tournament raises funds for the Atlanta Feminist Women’s Chorus, which has recently struggled financially. Stone hopes to raise about $5,000 with the event this year, a big bump from the $3,000 donated to the chorus in 2007.

The event, typically held during the Atlanta Pride Festival, shifted to June 7 when the festival moved to the first weekend in July after being booted from Piedmont Park with other large-scale festivals and sports events. Stone also hopes holding it in early June might bring a little relief from summer’s scorching heat.

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