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2016 Slavic Invitational will feature new ‘twist’

Tim McCabe tees off while competing in the final round of the 40th annual Slavic Invitational in 2014 at Fallen Oak Golf Course.
Tim McCabe tees off while competing in the final round of the 40th annual Slavic Invitational in 2014 at Fallen Oak Golf Course. amccoy@sunherald.com File

More than 500 two-man teams are set to cover the Coast with the 42nd annual Slavic Invitational set for Sept. 23-25.

This year’s event offers a new “twist” with the inclusion of the venerable courses at Diamondhead, added to the rotation of Fallen Oak, Sunkist, Windance and Grand Bear.

“We’re always looking at opportunities to expand our reach across the Mississippi Coast, and adding Diamondhead to the mix does just that,” said Biloxi mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich, who also serves as the event’s co-chairman. “The Pine and Cardinal courses are well known as quality challenges that reward good shots. I know our players will enjoy the scenery and the diversity at Diamondhead.”

More than 1,000 golfers and their guests will ensure the continuation of the Slavic’s claim to being the biggest and best amateur four-ball tournament in the country.

“We have a tradition of putting on the best golf tournament anywhere, and we’re not about to let up,” co-chairman David Leckich said. “We stick with a winning recipe.”

All of the area’s top amateur golfers will compete in the 54-hole championship, along with hundreds of less skilled players who will compete to keep their golf balls out of water hazards and nearby woods. Players will tee off each day with shotgun starts at 8 am and 1 pm. Social events will be headquartered again at the Beau Rivage.

Only a handful of playing spots remain. Entry is available at slavicinvitational.com.

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