Teams Augusta is home to the Augusta Greenjackets minor league baseball club. The team began play in 1988 as the Augusta Pirates, affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Later affiliated with the Boston Red Sox, the Greenjackets are with the San Francisco Giants.[20] The team is owned by Cal Ripken Jr.[21] The city's ECHL hockey team, the Augusta Lynx, disbanded in December 2008.[22] The Southern Professional Hockey League would expand to Augusta starting in the 20102011 season. The Augusta Riverhawks was the winning name of the new team, the result of a "Name the Team" contest announced on March 13, 2010.[23] The Augusta Rugby Football Club (ARFC) is a division 2 men's club competing in the Palmetto Rugby Union, part of the USA Rugby South Conference. Augusta also has its own all female flat track roller derby team, The Soul City Sirens. Founded in 2008, this league is all volunteer and skater owned. [24] Club Sport League Venue Augusta GreenJackets Baseball South Atlantic League Lake Olmstead Stadium Augusta Riverhawks Ice Hockey Southern Professional Hockey League James Brown Arena Augusta Mad Dogs Rugby Palmetto Rugby Union Larry Bray Memorial Soul City Sirens Roller Derby Red Wing Rollerway [edit]Tournaments Tiger Woods at the practice rounds for the 2006 Masters Tournament The citys famous golf course, the Augusta National Golf Club, hosts the first major golf tournament of each year, The Masters. This tournament is one of the most prestigious in the sp rt[25] and is one of the four major championships. The best professional and amateur golfers in the world come to Augusta during the first full week of April every year. The grounds of Augusta National are known for being pristine, and the course was ranked in 2009 as the 3rd best golf course in the world by Golf Magazine.[26] Augusta is also home to Augusta Golf Instruction created by Master swing & mental coach B. J. Hathaway. The city also has disc golf facilities. The Augusta Top Gun Series is a series of tournaments sanctioned by the Professional Disc Golf Association. These tournaments are held at various venues in Augusta, including Pendleton King Park and Lake Olmstead.[27] Also, Augusta hosted the 2006 Professional Disc Golf World Championships. Along with Pendleton King and Lake Olmstead, two courses in N. Augusta, SC were used for the tournament. 299 disc golfers from around the world attended the event, with Ken Climo winning the tournament and his 12th world championship. Augusta is the host of the World's Richest Drag Boat Race, held on the Savannah River (Augusta Southern Nationals). The race is part of the IHBA Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series and is sanctioned by the International Hot Boat Association (held on July 1820). The event benefits the Augusta Chapter of the Georgia Special Olympics. Over 100 racing teams from 25 states will compete for $140,000 in purse and prizes as they try to beat the record of 252.94 MPH in the Worlds Richest Drag Boat Race.

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