Golf tourney skips Pride with new date

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golf_blog.jpgSo far, the story goes something like this: A long-running drought raises concern over the city’s Midtown jewel, Piedmont Park. That leads to new restrictions booting large festivals from Piedmont and other parks. Atlanta Pride, forced to find a new location, settles on the civic center. The change in locale prompts a change in date, meaning Pride shifts to Fourth of July weekend. That, in turn, gives pause to organizers of events typically held alongside Pride.

Got it, so far? There’s more.

Now, the organizer of one of those events – the Best Ball golf tournament that benefits the Atlanta Feminist Women’s Chorus – is shifting that affair. In January, Eileen Stone hinted that the tournament might move to earlier in the summer if Pride also changes dates. Though the golf event has typically started early in the morning, Stone has always been concerned about the impact of the withering heat of late June as the event unfolds during the day, as she explained in January for my Southern Voice sports column:

“Golf in the summer time is brutal – it just gets so hot,” Stone said. “If I’m not going to hook it to Pride, it makes sense to move it up earlier.”

So, Stone announced recently that the fifth annual version of the Best Ball tournament will be held June 7, about a month before Pride. Last year, some 68 players took part, the largest field yet for the event, and helped raise $2,000 for the chorus. The chorus, though, is facing difficult financial times, as reported by Southern Voice this week.

Organizers of the other sports event typically held during Pride, the Front Runners Pride Run/Walk, have yet to decide where and when they will schedule that contest, which draws about 500 participants.

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