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Sign of the times points to the place and date of the scheduled 25th annual golf fundraiser serving as the largest single all-time contributor to Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County.

It won’t take long to find this silver lining.

It actually appears on the marquee.

That is the case as the preparations towards the teeing off of the 25th annual and thus silver anniversary edition of the John P. Campbell Memorial Golf Classic benefit Hospice to benefit Hospice and Palliative Care of Iredell County,

The annual affair will be held Sept. 18, taking place at the Mallard Head Country Club course. Registration remains readily open for all wishing to participate.

For years, the seasonal summer affair was held in the middle of June. It featured both a morning and afternoon shift. Over the last couple of years, the event has been moved to the middle of September and takes the shape of an afternoon-attraction only.

All wishing to compete are urged to make those intentions known as soon as possible.

The basics of play remain much the same as from the beginning.

Cost of participating is $75 per individual player and $150 per two-player teams. The fee covers all golf-related expenses including greens fee and cart rental. Each player is also automatically entered in some of the various on-course events taking place in the form of closest-to-the-pin contests on select par-three holes.

In keeping with a long standing tradition, among the drawing-card items in place regarding a potential hole-in-one scored on select par-three holes will be the awarding of a new car courtesy of returning corporate-level sponsors.

The entry fee also covers the cost of a catered meal provided to the field as well.

Play will get underway the day of the attraction with scheduled noon shotgun start for the entire field. All participants are urged to arrive early to engage in some of the festivities surrounding the tournament.

The format followed will also stay the same. The playing process will take shape in the form of a two-player captain’s choice. Under this procedure, both members of a team will hit each shot from the best result of each previous shot. Low scores are traditionally the rule rather than the exception.

To help assure the aid of stroke-play scoring, additional mulligans — the equivalent of extra shots — will also be available at an optional cost. Players will be limited to five mulligans each.

Competition will be held in numerous flights based on the combined handicaps of team members. Teams can consist of two women, two men and co-ed participants as well.

As in the past, the Mallard Head Country Club will be closing its course to all public play the day of the tournament. Also doing its part to aid the cause, the course is donating all greens fees and cart rentals to the primary cause.

All proceeds realized by the attraction will be used to benefit Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County. The Campbell Memorial serves as that non-profit organization’s largest all-time supporter. During its existence, golf tournament has contributed well in excess of $500,000 to the cause.

Entry forms remain available at the MHCC pro shop as well as from the Hospice headquarters.

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