Evans, GA -
The 10th annual Rock Fore! Dough celebration brings in cash for The First Tee of Augusta.
Sounds filled Lady Antebellum Pavilion in Evans as supporters of country music and golf came under one roof.
"Giving children the opportunity they otherwise might not have," said Lindsey Walker, of North Augusta.
"Golf is a good thing. It’s a motivator. It gives you something to drive for."
"It’s really big around here too so it’s good the kids can get involved in what all the adults are so crazy about," said Steven Larson and Morgan Byrd, of Augusta.
Eli Asmann is one of those kids the even supports. He has participated in The First Tee of Augusta for the past three years and says the fundraiser is needed.
"It’s a non-profit organization and some way they have to be able to get money for their golf carts and supplies and things that they do to pay people," Asmann said.
He added, "I personally can’t wait for Darius Rucker to play 'Wagon Wheel' because that’s my favorite song that’s ever been played."
Rucker, who made a name for himself as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish, said he plans to party to the music so many have grown to love. And the fact that it’s for the First Tee, a group he’s been involved with for 20 years, makes his seventh trip to the Garden City all the more special.
"I can see what it does for kids first hand and how much it helps kids who wouldn’t have a chance to play golf actually go out and play it and learn more about the game. It also helps them with school and it helps them with things that are important," Rucker said.
Joe Stevenson organized the event. He said this was a special year. "The first year featured Hootie & the Blowfish, so it’s only appropriate that Darius is back for the ten year anniversary," he said.
Several other artists hit the stage, but not before seeing Augusta National first.
Artist Will Hoge said this was his first time at the Masters site. "Walked the course today and watched some practice rounds. I’ve never been. I’ve only seen it on television. It was like Disney World for adults."
"If heaven could be anything it seems like it would be that, you know," Randy Hauser said.