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Spelman Golf Classic will be two-day event

“Get your motor runnin’…..Head out on the highway.”

Naw, it’s not the second coming of Easy Rider, it’s time for the 21st annual edition of the Spelman Golf Classic.

Don your do-rags, oil up your hogs, and don’t forget your pitching wedge.

For the past 20 years, the Spelman Golf Classic has been one of the Northland’s best-attended and most recognized charity golf tournaments.
This year, the 21st Annual Spelman Golf Classic will again be held at Paradise Pointe Golf Complex-Outlaw Course at Smithville Lake. The Spelman Classic benefits the Spelman Medical Foundation, which was charted in 1982 to support, assist and improve the total health care of the person, family and community.

Over 250 players are expected to participate in this, the first two-day event in the history of the Classic. Players will have a choice of playing on the afternoon of Friday, Sept. 6 or on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 7.

The event is a two-person scramble. The cost of entry is $175 and all proceeds will be used for quality patient care and community education at the Saint Luke’s Northland Hospital facilities. Players will be grouped into five men’s and one lady’s flight.

This year’s tournament theme is, “Born to be Wild,” a title of a late 1960’s ode to the two-wheel experience of freedom on the open road.

“Born to be wild is more of a statement about the feeling of freedom and exhilaration and renewal that you might experience whether you are a motorcyclist or just someone who enjoys being on the golf course on a beautiful day," said Dean C. Henricksen, tournament chairperson. “Our tournament is, of course, fun, but we are also very serious about supporting the great work of the Spelman Foundation," he said.

Players in the Spelman Golf Classic will be treated to a high quality tee gift package, which will include new golf shoes and other “goodies."

Players and spouses are also invited to attend a gala awards banquet held following play Saturday night, Sept. 7 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, KCI.

Many sponsorship packages are available which include a VIP reception at the home of Dr. David Myers on Friday, Sept. 6. Single player entry fees start at $175. For more information, contact Jean Starkey at the Spelman Medical Foundation 816-880-6258.