Sunny King Classic sets names for flights
by Al Muskewitz
Jul 02, 2013 | 3405 views |  0 comments | 76 76 recommendations | email to a friend | print
What's in a name? For defending champions Randy Reaves and Gary Wigington, it might be everything.

Sunny King Charity Classic officials announced the names of the seven flights in this year's tournament Tuesday, and for the fourth time in the last five years, Ford Mustang will be the Championship Flight.

In each of the other three Mustang years, Reaves and Wigington won a championship. They won outright titles in 2010 and 2012 and won the Championship B flight in 2009. They are going for an all-time record sixth title this year.

"Maybe that's a good omen," Reaves said.

In the year they didn't win ‹ 2011 ‹ the championship flight was named after the Ford Explorer. Jeremy McGatha and Jaylon Ellison won that year, while Reaves and Wigington finished third.

"We don't like those SUVs," Reaves said. "We like the sports cars."

The other flights are named Acura MDX, Honda Accord, Toyota Avalon, Ford Fusion, Honda Civic and Toyota Camry. All represent lines carried by the Sunny King Automotive Group.

The championship flight will be for teams whose best player carries a handicap of 0-4. Tournament officials did not disclose the other handicap breakdowns.

The Accord received a promotion to the Second Flight this year. It was the fifth flight a year ago.

Since 2008, Mustang has been the most popular flight name. The Toyota 4Runner, Acura TL and Honda Pilot have been flight names three times. An Acura model has represented the first flight each of the last six years.

"It starts with Mrs. (Patty) King looking at the automobiles that will be featured at each course and ... she makes a determination based on what we're featuring and what would be good, fun names," said Lynn Freeman, administrative manager for the Sunny King Automotive Group. "Like the Mustang ‹ it was championship last year and is this year. The mustang is a champion. It has to be that way."

The 35th Sunny King Charity Classic gets underway July 12 at Anniston Country Club, Cider Ridge Golf Club and Silver Lakes.

Al Muskewitz covers golf for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3577.

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