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7 flights for SKCC

A full field of 204 teams will be split into seven flights this year (championship and six players flights); 37 teams in Ford Mustang championship flight

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By East Alabama Sports Today

The full field of 204 teams in the Sunny King Charity Classic will be broken up into seven flights for this year’s event.

This year’s 39th annual Classic is July 7-9 at Silver Lakes, Cider Ridge Golf Club and Anniston Country Club.

There was consideration given for seven players flights, tee times chairman Keith Howell said, but when organizers looked at the handicap breakdowns it was determined each of the potential last two flights would have fewer than 20 teams where all the others had between 25 and 30 teams.

There are 37 teams in the Championship Flight, two fewer than last year, when Ty Cole and Gary Wigington won by eight shots with an all-time scoring record of 43-under-par 171.

The flights will carry the traditional names of brands offered by the King Automotive Group – Ford Mustang (championship), Acura MDX (first), Toyota Avalon (second), Ford F-150 (third), Honda Pilot (fourth), Toyota Tundra (fifth), Toyota 4-Runner (sixth).

Howell said putting together this year’s tee times was a “little easier” than previous years because of a computer program developed by tech chairman Brad Williams.

“It’s a big improvement over what I had been doing and has saved a lot of time,” Howell said.

One novelty added to this year’s tournament is the introduction of two pins on one hole at each tournament venue. Cider Ridge officials have confirmed their double-pin will be on hole 18. Anniston Country Club is leaning heavily towards the par-4 seventh or par-5 11th. Silver Lakes is still deciding.

The complete list of tee times is nearly done but remains “a work in progress” and will be posted at East Alabama Sports Today when they become available.

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