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Golfers hit some practice drives on the range before their tee times. 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)

Opening Day at the 2018 Sunny King Charity Classic was a breeze. Play began at three different sites, including Anniston Country Club.

Players started the day at ACC by stopping at the sign-in table to check in with Y.M.C.A. fitness director Ann Angel and another employee. Angel said that by the end of the golfing day, about 140 people had signed in and collected other goods.

“They get a choice to buy sandies or mulligans, which they can use on the course. And then they get a nice Sunny King bag,” she said.

Sandies are a side game that can be added on to existing games, or played by itself. A mulligan is a second-chance play.

Teams were also joined by several sponsors who provided refreshments and moral support.

Webb Concrete and Building Materials was set up at the top of the hill next the club’s office. Jessica McCauley, director of communications, said the company has been a sponsor for about six years and it doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

“We sponsor because we realize what an asset it is to have an organization put on a charity classic like this and raise the amount of money that they do,” she said. “It gives back to so many of our charities that are local here within our community, which is very important.”

McCauley along with a few more Webb employees were handing out flavored water, Powerade, Coke, Diet Coke, and more to participants.

Another sponsor that made an appearance was Ted’s Abbey Carpet & Floor. The company had a tent set up on the lower part of the course. Store manager Kathy Gregerson said this is the company’s first year as a sponsor.

“We do a lot around the community, and we sponsor other golf tournaments in the community,” she said. “When Sunny King asked us and we said absolutely.”

Gregerson also said the company has several workers who are partaking in the classic.

Company employees were out giving away hamburgers, drinks, and gifts.

Gregerson said although this is the company’s first year sponsoring, its employees are looking forward to having a great weekend.

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.