Big names headline 69th annual Future Masters

Big names headline 69th annual Future Masters

DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The 69th annual Future Masters is set to tee off at the Dothan Country Club in a little over a week with a star-studded field.

"We have an incredible returning field," said tournament director Kevin Klein. "Five of the six winners from last year are back with 484 players."

The field is loaded with some of the best young golfers from all across the globe.

Not only will returning champion Thomas Ponder be back to defend his title, but you will recognize some names of relatives from players on the PGA Tour, including the son of golfing legend John Daly and the grandson of one of the best ever hit the links, Jack Nicklaus.

"Jack Nicklaus brought his son Gary here when he was a kid," said Klein. "This is Gary's son that's going to play here this year. If you watched the par three tournament at the Masters this year, you saw the grandson make the hole-in-one."

"Social media is a wonderful thing," said tournament coordinator Angela Turner. "You can d rop hints on their Twitter account and say, 'We would really like to have your son or grandson or whatever come check us out.'"

Along with Ponder, a few other Wiregrass kids will take their shot at etching their names in the history books.

"Thomas has definitely been the leader," said Klein. "Hal Dove has had a tremendous year and increased his game to new levels. Matthew Streitman is a great player. Dax Weed. They're all really good players that can compete here."

The Future Masters will run from June 23 until June 30.

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