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Patch, First Tee Vote Has Commission Divided

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It looks like rough going, as the future of the Augusta Municipal Golf Course, aka "The Patch", is also on the Augusta Commission agenda for Tuesday evening.

City leaders are set to vote Tuesday on contracting with First Tee to operate the city golf course, but the plan is hitting road blocks because it would require the city to pay for a $2 million course renovation, and require a profit split with First Tee...without sharing losses.

Butm supporters say First Tee would help the neglected course.

"They're not charging us anything coming in the door. It would be different if they said they need $50,000 to even start. They're not talking about that, they say, 'we're going to run it at no charge. Of course, you're going to have to maintain your responsibility, but we'll run it and when it turns a profit, then we'll make money'," says Mayor Pro-Tem Corey Johnson.

Johnson admits it appears the votes aren't there to  approve the deal with First Tee.

He's not sure what the city's next step will be.

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