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Hubbard Golf Course, located to the east of the Hill Air Force Base flightline, will be the site for the annual Commander’s Cup, Sept. 4. The Commander’s Cup raises donations for the Hill Aerospace Museum and will be led this year by professional golfer John Kimbell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clay Murray )

Hubbard Golf Course, located to the east of the Hill Air Force Base flightline, will be the site for the annual Commander’s Cup, Sept. 4. The Commander’s Cup raises donations for the Hill Aerospace Museum and will be led this year by professional golfer John Kimbell. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Clay Murray )

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- Hill Air Force Base is scheduled to sponsor its annual Commander's Cup Golf Tournament at the Hubbard Golf Course Sept. 4.

The golf tournament fees are $120 per golfer, and that covers green fees, golf cart, food and prizes. Proceeds from the cup go to benefit the Hill Aerospace Museum.

Events will kick off with check in at 10 a.m. and different clinics at 11 a.m. The cup will begin at noon with a shotgun start. Golfers will take lunch during play, and a social is scheduled to be held in the club house at 5 p.m. followed by food and awards at 5:30 p.m.

Not only will the players benefit from the event, but the Hill Aerospace Museum also benefits and receives donations raised during the tournament.

"I appreciate very much the community support for the Commander's Cup Golf Tournament," said Lt. Gen. (ret.) Marc Reynolds, chairman of the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah. "Proceeds from the Commander's Cup Golf Tournament will be used for new exhibits in the Hill Aerospace Museum."

Each hole will be played in a five-man-team format. Interested teams of four will play alongside professional players who will complete the five-man line up. Teams should register as early as possible since registration finalizes by Aug. 28 or once 30 teams have signed up.

"We have several local professional players from the Salt Lake Country Club and local golf courses on the list," said Steve Wall, Ogden Air Logistics Center chief of pricing. "We even have more than 30 professional players so every team has a pro to play beside."

The Commander's Cup format is a Las Vegas modified scramble. Each player tees off, and the players play from the closest ball. After that each player plays from their own ball.

"This is a popular format for pro am events," said Tony Angelico, general manager of the Hubbard Golf Course Professional shop.

This year's professional golfer leading the cup will be John Kimbell from Atlanta, Ga.

According to www.pgatour.com, Mr. Kimbell will be playing his rookie season on the Nationwide Tour in 2007. Mr. Kimbell has three career victories on the Hooters Tour and one win on the Tight Lies Tour. He cites making it to the final stage of the 2006 PGA TOUR National Qualifying Tournament as his biggest thrill in golf. Mr. Kimbell lists George Strait as his hero and did not start playing golf until the age of 22.

"Our annual Commander's Cup is an outstanding opportunity for Hill AFB to host our supportive community leaders and spend an afternoon together," said Brig. Gen. Kathleen Close, Ogden Air Logistics Center commander. "In addition, the profits from the event will help us continue to promote and improve the Hill Aerospace Museum."