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Preparations underway for Symetra Tour/Guardian Championships

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The Symetra Tour-Guardian Championship will be played for the first time at  Capitol Hill in Prattville in late September and ground crews are already prepping the 18-hole course.

Planning the logistics of a golf tournament is always a heavy lift for organizers and Selina Maddox is no exception.

"This year I have the driving range chairman, not going to be able to be involved this year," Maddox said.

Maddox knows all too well the stakes involved, the volunteers to recruit and what it means to the very players chasing more than a white ball around. They're swinging for the dream. They are the rising stars of the game.

Maddox conducted her first volunteer meeting for the Guardian Championship set for late September. Maddox needs around 300 volunteers, far less than the typical 800 who sign up a  LPGA Tour event.

"It's going to be scaled down a bit. On the 18th hole, there won't be much hospitality. A lot of the hospitality will be up here around the clubhouse," she said.

Even though the three day tournament is considered the minor leagues, this is a big deal for the female golfers. All of them will be competing to try to make the cut on the pro circuit.

"Like you said, it's the minor leagues. You see the guys travel around on these small teams in the double A and Triple A. Same type of ladies," Maddox said.

The overall winner will take home $15,000 144 players with many of them coming here from 25 foreign countries.

"Actually the first time the tournament has come to Alabama," said Maddox.

The Guardian Championship marks the 13th major tournament at RTJ in Prattville since the last 1990s.

Selina Maddox says they will be ready with seven weeks to go. 

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