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Honda Classic Cares Pro-Am tees off Wednesday

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Posted at 5:47 AM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 11:29:30-05

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — We are one day closer to the first round of the Honda Classic at PGA National.

Wednesday is all about giving back, as the Honda Classic Cares Pro-Am tees off just before 7 a.m.

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It offers golfers a chance to play with the pros while they get in a little practice on the course before the first round begins Thursday.

Honda Classic Cares is all about giving back to the community. Last year, charitable donations reached a record number at more than $5 million. That money supported more than 150 local organizations with a big focus on children.

Director of Agronomy Jeremiah Lockhart said planning for the tournament started the Monday after each year's tournament concludes. He also says preparations on the course begin in December.

While the chilly weather in the forecast this weekend won’t impact the course, in fact the grass will like it, he says the rain may leave them with more work to do.

"Depending on how much (rain) we get. If we get a little bit, there's not a whole lot. Our main concern is too much rain, soften the course up, destroying the bunkers, a lot of debris, cleanup, so it just adds a little extra than what we're planning on," said Lockhart.

Lockhart said their team of dozens will be on the course all night, if they have to, to ensure the course is ready to go for tee off Thursday morning.

Tickets for the Pro-Am are $30 and $50 for the four-day tournament.

For ticket information and more, visit https://tickets.thehondaclassic.com/