ASHOF sets shotgun start tourney for Oct. 5

Published 6:27 pm Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Alabama Sports Hall of Fame has announced the date for the Third Annual ASHOF Championship for the first Monday in October.

The event is traditionally the largest shotgun start golf event in the world, spanning all 10 courses along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

The inaugural event drew 1,053, which set a new mark for the world’s largest shotgun start.

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The event benefits the ASHOF and their efforts to bring in students from across the state.

“There’s a perception of ‘Why should we support a tournament that will benefit a museum in Birmingham?’, but it’s not just Birmingham’s museum,” said Jennifer Chandler, Director of Outreach Programs. “We have programs that will help Butler County youth with a field trip. It’s the state of Alabama’s museum. All schools have to do is call and get on the calendar to visit.”

Chandler, who won an Olympic gold medal in diving, said the ASHOF also has a curriculum that they can send to the school before taking the tour.

“Whenever it’s possible, we try to get an inductee to speak to them,” she said. “I used to lead tours myself.”

The ASHOF highlights athletes from the state of Alabama, such as Joe Louis, Bo Jackson, Hank Aaron, Bobby Allison and many more.

Some of the inductees will also be visiting each site on the RTJ trail during the tournament to visit with golfers, but the inductees at Cambrian Ridge haven’t been announced yet.

The goal is to have 25 teams at Cambrian Ridge, and the cost per team is $600 or $150 per golfer.

Hole sponsorships are also available, starting at $850.

“It’s a great tournament, and we’re trying to make this one the best yet,” Chandler said.

For more information, e-mail Jennifer Chandler at or call (205) 322-7009.