Some good news came last week when word got out that the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour is coming back to Augusta after a 35-year absence. Augusta Mayor Bob Young made the news official on Friday.
Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club in Edgefield will host the event, which will bring the top women golfers and their entourages to town in a sporting event that will only be eclipsed in presence and prestige by the Masters Tournament. The tour will be here Sept. 20-23, a beautiful time of year.
With all the hand-wringing that has gone on over a downturn in the Richmond County economy, the mayor needed some good news, and he struck gold with this one. The LPGA announcement is a shot in the arm for the entire Central Savannah River Area, another opportunity for the area to play to its greatest strength - golf.
The LPGA event will stand on its own and shouldn't be compared to the Masters. But it will bring the same kind of benefits - including drama, excitement and excellence - that every great golf tournament offers.
Welcome back, ladies.