First Tee, The Patch on course to become one

By: Ryan Houston Email
By: Ryan Houston Email

News 12 First at Five / Monday, June 10, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The nonprofit First Tee program is one step closer to partnering with the city. Leaders from First Tee presented a plan to manage The Patch.

Commissioners like the idea, but some don't like the cost associated with it.

"I'm glad we're talking about The Patch again. I truly believe we have to find the best possible solution to put work into the course," said Commissioner Mary Davis.

"You can go up there and find a doctor, judge and plumber. It's a melting pot for blacks, whites, rich and poor," said former First Tee Director Paul Simon.

Commissioner Donnie Smith wants to keep it that way. He's on the green with Simon.

"Our community should join us in helping The Patch and First Tee. They should encourage us as we go forward," Smith said.

The plan would combine the First Tee's course and The Patch into one. First Tee would manage it and split the profit with the city right down the middle. The city would pay for most of the nearly $2 million renovations the course needs.

"We don't have the money in the budget for it. I do like a partnership with the First Tee, but where does the money come from?" Davis said.

"We're going to be meeting with private industries. They may be able to help us with the cost," Smith said.

At the end of the day, it will need six votes before the two become one. Commissioners approved the proposal and tasked the administrator to take a closer look at the numbers.

The full commission still has to vote on this issue next week.

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