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Many golf fans in our viewing area associate Shoal Creek with the Regions Tradition. But thanks to the Birmingham Golf Association, Shoal Creek is one of their tournament venues, allowing junior golfers in central Alabama play where the pros play.

"For those boys and girls to have the opportunity, not to be under too much pressure, this is not the tour that you're going to take to get to the pro level," BGA Executive Director Ian Thompson said. "This is developmental. This is boys and girls ages 10-17, giving them the chance. Yes, they have to have a working knowledge. Yes, they have to be able to play golf. But without tours like this one and certain others that do similar things, there just wouldn't be the opportunity."

"It's helped a lot, I think, playing with other people that we never played before," junior golfer Andrew Tomko said.

There are 20 one-day BGA events. The most popular event is Shoal Creek. But calling this event popular is probably an understatement.

"You hear these stories about rock concerts selling out in five minutes or something like that," Thompson said. "One minute, thirty seconds and the first person is on the waiting list. It sold out in less than a minute and thirty seconds. Which, you know, adults would be the same. We'd want to be out here too."

"It's Birmingham's best course and probably the best course in Alabama," junior golfer Andrew Tomko said.

Our Alabama Tonight Tee Time contributor Ian Thompson runs these events with the help of his daughter Brittany.

"Scoring, riding around the course making sure they're moving around, making sure they've got enough to drink," Thompson said. "Generally, it's a team effort. You cannot run a golf tournament on your own."

So what's it like for Brittany to work with her dad at a tournament like this? We asked her to tell the truth.

"I don't get to be with my dad that much during the school year because I'm at college at Auburn," Brittany Thompson said. "But it's actually really fun because it kind of gives us a time to work together."

And it looks like these junior golfers had fun too.
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