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DeKalb resident organizes Greater Gwinnett Championship
by Maurice Dixon
February 25, 2014 01:02 PM | 2764 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Special Photo<br>From left, 2013 Greater Gwinnett Championship winner Bernard Langer and tournament director Elissa Dooman.
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From left, 2013 Greater Gwinnett Championship winner Bernard Langer and tournament director Elissa Dooman.
Elissa Dooman, a DeKalb County resident, is not too far away from witnessing the Greater Gwinnett Championship be a success for a second straight year.

Dooman is the tournament director for the GGC, which will take place at TPC Sugarloaf from Apr. 14-20 in Duluth.

“We’re at the point where we are trying to put the finishing touches on a lot of different areas,” Dooman said.

The event will be highlighted by the State Bank Pro-Am, which will showcase the talents of players such as defending-champion Bernard Langer, Rocco Mediate, Hale Irwin, Larry Nelson, Tom Kite, John Cook, Kenny Perry, Fred Funk, Sandy Lyle, Corey Pavin, Mark O’Meara and many others.

“We have several Hall of Fame members,” Dooman said. “It’s amazing to sit around with these guys and listen to the stories they have to tell. Just to hear those stories for me is just a wonderful experience.”

While many of the aforementioned legends will get most of the attention, Dooman and others working behind the scenes deserve a lot of credit for making this event special.

She has been essentially working on this year’s tournament since the 2013 event ended.

“It takes a full year to get everything in place,” Dooman said. “Signing up new volunteers and new sponsors. Renewing old sponsors and re-evaluating the course setup. It’s a year-round job.”

Dooman is also one of the few women occupying her position on the PGA TOUR Champions Tour.

“It’s a great step,” Dooman said. “I love being a part of a high-profile event and working with all of these other female tournament directors to put on great events so people know that we can do just as well as men can.”

The GGC will also feature an Executive Women’s Day event on the first day, when Matt Ryan is also scheduled to participate in the Celebrity-Am Classic which is open to the public unlike last year.

“Matt Ryan is such a big name in the metro area and people are really behind him so I think they will enjoy the opportunity of seeing him playing golf rather than just out on the football field,” Dooman said.

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