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Sunny King Charity Classic opens online registration for its September return Thursday

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

In a normal year this would be the week organizers of the Sunny King Charity Classic are busy making the final preparations for the tournament. Making sure all the courses are ready, all the volunteers are lined up, all the drink stations are set for supplies, and all the pairings are in order.

This is anything but a normal year.

Instead of getting all those last-minute details together, they are just opening up online player registration for the tournament that will make its return Sept. 24-26. Starting Thursday (July 1), players can go to the tournament website www.kingclassic.com and sign up to play.

Undoubtedly, somebody will connect at 12:01 a.m. to beat the rush. Similarly, some will wait to the last minute and hope they didn’t miss the boat. The field can accommodate 204 two-man teams.

Of course, the tournament traditionally has been held the weekend after the Fourth of July, but the committee backed it up this year – after postponing altogether last year – to give all the COVID-19 protocols that shut down the event last year a chance to take hold.

And of course the dates will conflict with high school and college football and the tournament rounds will race against sundown but at least they’re having it. Organizers have expressed confidence in the past that despite the obstacles they still will draw a strong field and satisfy the commitments to their local charities.

Nothing else about the tournament is expected to change. It’s still $325 per player, which includes tournament rounds, range balls and admission to all social events for the player and plus-one. Practice rounds and mulligan are extra, although mulligans ($60 total) can be purchased at the time of registration. The field will play a scramble at Silver Lakes, modified scramble at Cider Ridge and best ball at Anniston Country Club.

Because of the later date it is unlikely reigning champions Jacob LeCroy and Jacob Harper will be able to return to challenge the record-setting 51-under-par they posted in 2019. LeCroy plays on the South Alabama golf team and will be in classes that week and Harper is carving out his pro career.



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