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The 6th Annual Searcy Harrell Memorial Golf Classic, presented by the Camden Kiwanis Club at the Camden Country Club, is set to start its first flight at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The second flight will began at 1:30 p.m. following a lunch that will be served at noon.

A new vehicle from Jim Golden Ford Lincoln will go to the golfer who hits the first Hole-In-One on a selected hole. There will also be other prizes and games available.

The tournament is one of the group’s biggest fund-raisers, with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and for scholarships to local graduates each year.

The tournament is named after Searcy W. Harrell Jr., who was active in the community of Camden and served as president of many organizations and businesses including First Bank, the Boys and Girls Club of Camden - now known as the Ouachita County Recreational Center - the Kiwanis Club and the Camden Country Club.

He also served as a member of the board of the Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development from 2007-2011.

Harrell was also a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight - an organization active in arranging free air transportation in response to health care and other compelling human needs.

The environment of the tournament has historically been known to be fun and friendly, and promotes a good cause - which are a just a few of the things Harrell cared about.

The format of the event will be a 4-man scramble.

Gift certificates can be issued for anyone wanting to protect their amateur status.

The entry fee for the tourney is $400 per team, $100 per person with the added incentive of bogie’s and two chances to attend the FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis. This also includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and the lunch.

Entry forms can be picked up at the Camden Country Club’s pro shop, and can be mailed back with payment to Camden Kiwanis Club, PO Box 371, Camden, AR, 71711.

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