Augusta is Georgia's second-largest city behind Atlanta. It is known around the world as the home of the Masters Tournament. Tens of thousands of golf fans visit the city for the prestigious event during the first week of April. But other events and attributes help define the city's character the rest of the year.
Augusta is known worldwide for its major golf scene. The same held true in 2006, but another kind of golf joined the Masters Tournament in bringing players and fans from around the world to Augusta.
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:
Ryo Ishikawa, Japan's top-ranked professional golfer at age 19, will speak at a private dinner for players and officials at the October Asian Amateur Championship.
Augusta's previous hockey team shut down with ownership citing a lack of fan support. The Kerzners, who brought hockey back to town in October, are seeing similar attendance problems in the RiverHawks' inaugural season.
For the special purpose local option sales tax to be included on the March presidential primary ballot, Augusta Commission members would have to agree on a projects list by Dec. 31. However, the residents committee that held town meetings on the tax is not expected to make recommendations to the commission until after the first of the year.
With negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement between the East Coast Hockey League and the players' union well into a third month, the Professional Hockey Players Association played its trump card.
In Gladwyne, Pa., North Augusta's Darby Sligh advanced to match play in the U.S. Women's Amateur at Philadelphia Country Club.
With the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies having wrapped up their first Kelly Cup championship last week by defeating Columbia in five games, the East Coast Hockey League turns its focus to renaming the league and ongoing negotiations with the player's union for a new collective bargaining agreement.
Larry Kish officially takes the helm as general manager of the Augusta Lynx on Thursday.