The annual benefit concert moved from the First Tee driving range in Augusta to Lady Antebellum Pavilion at the Evans Towne Center Park.
“I think it was a good change,” First Tee Executive Director Jill Brown said. “I think everybody likes (the venue).”
The new location allowed organizers to save time and money.
“It’s beautiful,” Steve Farmer, of Blythe, said. He was one of the first people through the gates to get a front-row seat with his wife, Jamie, and children Stephanie and Michael. The Farmers also attended the concert in 2007. “It really is nice.”
Rock group Needto-
breathe headlined the event along with Grace Potter of the Nocturnals.
Renell Hyman, of Evans, was joined by more than 15 family members for a rare local performance by her son, Steven Bryant, a guitarist in Carey Murdock’s band. She proudly held her phone high, taking video of him on stage.
“I’m the one that’s had to put up with all the music since he was 11, at my house, all the practicing,” Hyman said jokingly.
Playing Rock Fore! Dough for the second consecutive year with Occasional Milkshake, Mark Bryant, who also played Rock Fore! Dough for several years as part of Hootie & the Blowfish, said he enjoys playing the outdoor venue.
“This is Augusta’s biggest event of the year,” Bryant said, referring to the Masters Tournament and associated events. “I’m just stoked.”
Bryant said playing the First Tee benefit concert fits well with Monday After the Masters, a charity Hootie founded that promotes junior golf, among other things.
“We’re just a good fit,” Bryant said.
Proceeds from Rock Fore! Dough support First Tee of Augusta, the Augusta chapter of The First Tee Network. The organization provides golf education programs aimed at promoting healthy choices and providing an affordable and accessible golf facility. In the previous eight years, the concert raised nearly $550,000.