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Chamber of Commerce tournament starts Wednesday

A dog fight is scheduled to take place at Valley Grande Golf Course.

No, it’s not a dog fight of the Michael Vick variety.

The Selma-Dallas County Chamber of Commerce golf tournament begins on Wednesday. Proceeds will be used to fund programs in Selma and Dallas County.

The tournament’s rules differ from most team tournaments. The format will follow a three-man scramble “dog fight” — also known as modified stableford — rules.

“We have so many golf tournaments in Selma that we wanted to get a different twist on this year’s tournament,” said director Joe Hampton.

Unlike the more conventional four-man scramble format, teams are scored on a points system.

For example, par earns one point, birdies earn two and so on. Any score below par does not earn points.

“It makes everyone concentrate more on their shot and should speed up the pace of play,” said Hampton.

The system encourages teams to not finish holes that will be scored bogey or lower. If a team is destined for a bogey or double bogey, it can just move on to the next hole.

The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Registration is $225 per three-man team. Single players are encouraged to register, and will be used to fill out teams or formed into their own as needed.

The tournament is open to men and women of all ages.

More than 60 players have registered for the tournament, but organizers expect more.

“We expect at least a couple more teams before the tournament,” said Lauri Cothran, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism & Convention Bureau. “The last week is when we seem to get bombarded.”