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Longtime Masters' tradition moves to Columbia County

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Changes are being made to a Masters Week tradition. The Rock Fore Dough concert has been at The First Tee of Augusta for the last nine years but this year, it will be moving venues.  

FOX54 attended the news conference Tuesday for the latest details on the big announcement.

The First Tee of Augusta's Executive Director Jill Brown formally announced the annual Rock Fore Dough concert will now be moving from the usual facility at The First Tee of Augusta all the way to the Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans.

Brown said this is a way for the event to grow and to raise more money for The First Tee Network, teaching children the game of golf and much more.

"The effort that it takes to set that up and the cost associated with that, this will allow us to conserve those costs and reinvest those funds into our program. It's just the right thing to do," said Brown.  

Rock Fore Dough Producer Joe Stevenson said the Lady Antebellum Pavilion will make things a little bit easier since it is already an established venue.

"There's a lot more areas to park and the viewing is going to be great, the stage is beautiful," said Stevenson.

Many people are happy to see some of the Masters Week excitement moving down the road a little ways from Richmond County, trickling into Columbia County.

"It's great to see this venue used and this is being used more and more and it's really nice," said Doug Payne, Columbia County resident.  

"Anything that can add flavor for Columbia County and The First Tee, all by itself, is just wonderful program," said Pam Daniels, Columbia County resident.

"A lot of the people come from Columbia County to go to Rock Fore Dough, we hope that Richmond County folks will cross the line and follow us out here as well," said Stevenson.  

All proceeds from the concert benefit The First Tee of Augusta. It was also announced Need to Breathe and Grace Potter will play during Masters Week. Tickets go on-sale Saturday, Feb. 23rd.

For more information visit: http://www.rockforedough.com/

ORIGINAL STORY:The Masters' tradition Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough IX will be moving from Richmond County to the Lady Antebellum Pavilion for this year's festivities.

The annual tradition will be held on Tuesday, April 9.

Need to Breathe and Grace Potter are the announced bands so far.

All proceeds from Drive for Show, Rock Fore! Dough support The First Tee of Augusta, the Augusta chapter of The First Tee Network. Over the past eight years the annual Rock Fore! Dough concerts have raised close to $550,000 for the First Tee of Augusta.

Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee Network has opened more than 200 learning facilities worldwide, established over 335 affiliate relationships with existing golf courses and introduced over 2.3 million young people to the game of golf and its inherent positive values.


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