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As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida, Jim Furyk’s PGA Tour Champions event is preparing for any scenario

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They gather and prepare at the Timuquana Country Club to continue in next week’s Constellation Furyk & Friends PGA Tour Champions.

While none of the tournament’s structures, such as the reception areas and stands, are being demolished, other precautions are being taken in response to the arrival and clean-up of Hurricane Yan, which is expected to bring tropical winds to the First Coast by Thursday morning.

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Tournament week is set to start on October 3rd with the Florida Blue Pro-Am, followed by a Jake Owen concert on October 4th at Daily’s Place, two more pro-ams on October 5-6, and a tournament on October 7th. 9.

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The tournament is scheduled to feature World Golf Hall of Famers Ernie Els, Davis Love III, Vijay Singh, Bernhard Langer and Retief Goosen, as well as hosts Jim Furik, David Duvall and John Daly.

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“We’re doing our best to prepare and clean up after the storm clears,” Tournament Director Adam Renfro said Tuesday. “We are confident that we have a good plan and right now we have full teamwork.”

Renfro said the metal frames for the hospitality and catering tents are not removable, but the tent doors are rolled up and secured to let in the wind. He said structural manufacturers had been consulted and said the frames would be within the tolerances of the current wind duration and speed forecast.

“Based on the current forecast, we expect the tents to be in good condition,” Renfro said. “Now we walk around the track and collect everything that is free.”

Timuquana recently completed a nine-month redevelopment project that, among other things, improved irrigation and drainage systems – a critical component given the forecast for rainfall of up to 10 inches or more.

Renfro said two golf course construction companies, Maccurach Golf and Vallencourt Construction, were supposed to be on site by Saturday to help Timuquana Country Club staff with cleanup or downed trees and branches.

Jim Furik, Mike "fluff"  Cowan
Jim Furyk, Mike “Pluff” Cowan

Tournament host Jim Furyk chats with caddy Mike “Pluff” Cowan ahead of the 2021 Constellation Furyk & Friends tournament at the Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Bob Self/Florida Times-Union

One of Timucuana’s features are tall, majestic pines and oaks, but every tropical storm that hits the First Coast usually destroys some of them.

There is only one feature associated with the tournament that has been removed, and that is the pre-qualifier for the tournament scheduled for Friday at the Jacksonville Beach Golf Club. It will not be transferred. Qualifiers for the main draw of the tournament are scheduled for Monday at TPC Sawgrass Dye’s Valley.

In recent years, First Coast has lost one golf tournament due to tropical weather, the 2016 Korn Ferry Tour Championship at Atlantic Beach Country Club. It was canceled two days before the first round due to Hurricane Matthew.

Furyk & Friends were also affected by the weather last year when a severe thunderstorm forced the suspension of the first round. It was completed later that day with no fans on the track, but the weather was flawless over the weekend.

Tournament information can be found at furykandfriends.com.

Contact Harry Smits at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @GSmitter.

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The story originally appeared on GolfWeek.



Source: sports.yahoo.com

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