071318_Sunny King Golf round one_002 tp.jpg

Brennan Clay hits a fairway shot. The first round of the Sunny King Golf Classic got underway Friday at Silver Lakes Golf Course in Glencoe. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)

Several participants in the 40th Sunny King Charity Classic described the event as a positive addition to the Anniston community. Most of the golfers were at the Anniston Country Club to have a great time with family and friends, while giving back.

Ty Johnson, Oxford resident, has been competing in the tournament for over 10 years. He said it’s one of the thing he looks forward to.

“I get to play with my stepbrother Keith Howell,” he said. “It’s the one thing that brings us closer together.”

Johnson said the classic being in its 40th year means a lot to everyone including the company that he works for Auto Custom Carpets.

“We’re a big sponsor for the tournament and we love it,” he said. “We look forward to it every year.”

Although the tournament is a competition, Johnson said it doesn’t matter how they place.He just wants to have a good time with his brother.

The stepbrothers weren’t only when it came to having a good time. Friends Bradley Young and Landon Winfrey are hoping to have fun during the tournament, but they also have hopes of placing.

“We’re out here to support a great charity and the many fundraisers the charity does. And to have a great day of golf and fun with our friends,” Young said. “We’re trying to place the first couple of days, but if it doesn’t workout we’ll just have some fun.”

Young and Winfrey commend the tournament for making it to 40 years. They said they hope it makes it 50 years.

“We’ve already made our plans to play in the 50th, so we hope it makes it that far,” Young said.

Despite not being from the area, Birmingham resident Shane Lilly said he supports the charity event and has participated in the tournament for six years. Last year, Lilly’s team team didn’t place but finished somewhere in the middle of the pack — Championship Flight A.

This season Lilly said he’s looking to enjoy good company and camaraderie. However, catching more green is always accepted.

“I’m expecting a lot of fun and good time, but it wouldn’t hurt if we got any of the money,” he said.

Day two of the Sunny King Charity Classic begins Saturday at 7:30 a.m. It will take place at the Anniston Country Club, Cider Ridge and Silver Lakes.

Staff Writer Sheniece Chappell: 256-600-8647. On Twitter: @SChappell_Star

Sheniece Chappell is from Houston, Texas. She will earn a masters of arts in journalism degree from the University of Alabama in August 2018. She has a desire to work in sports news doing different projects such as reporting and creating documentaries.