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Those reeling from their COVID-19 lockdown this spring will find heading off to a favorite golf course sweeter than ever before, especially when supporting local troops. That will be the driving motivation for this year’s 28th annual AUSA Golf Tournament. The fairway and greens event will be held at JBLM’s Eagles Pride Golf Course Friday, June 26. The Meriwether Lewis Chapter of the Association of the United States Army works to support Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) soldiers and their families, and this year will continue their fundraising on the links despite worldwide events. The fundraiser represents an opportunity to give back to soldiers and their families, and it helps to build camaraderie between JBLM, Camp Murray, and the surrounding communities. Organizers, of course, will modify the game to meet state standards. Here is what to expect:

1. One person per cart unless participants are spouses — walking will be highly encouraged.

2. Touchless registration, meaning they will not have tables set up in the breeze way. They will contact each team the day before with their team number/starting point. When they call, each team will verify they have no symptoms and/or have not been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 15 days.

3. Goodie bags will be placed on the carts and disinfected before the players arrive. Carts will be staged six feet apart.

4. AUSA will provide a box lunch for each player and placed on the carts before arrival. Lunches include sandwich, bottle of water, chips, and a piece of fruit.

5. They will have a staggered start — team A will head out at 11:45 and team B at 12:00.

6. Players can walk or drive their personal vehicle to the range and an employee will have 25 balls for each player spaced apart, the range is included in the sign up.

7. Hole sponsors will not be allowed to offer open food or beverages only individual packaged food or cans and bottles of drinks. Sponsors will be limited to two staff at their hole max. They will also hand items to each individual versus a free for all.

8. No games at the holes that include using any type of reusable equipment or passing of equipment. No paper drawings or pens for common use.

9. The auction will be online and the items will be displayed outside and each item will be six feet apart. All of the funds raised go to support JBLM soldiers and their families; none of the money goes to overhead, and all of the work is done by volunteers. For more information about becoming a sponsor or learning more about the tournament, visit:

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