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The trophy is the same but the golf course is different.

The 20th annual Iron Mike Tournament, sponsored by the Association of the U.S. Army, Redstone-Huntsville Chapter, is June 24 at Valley Hill Country Club in southeast Huntsville. The four-person scramble was last held in 2017 at the Links.

“It provides the opportunity for a local business to gain some awareness and recognition in the community as a supporter of AUSA,” tournament lead Joey Yearta said of the move to Valley Hill.

The team with the lowest gross score will have their names engraved on the Iron Mike trophy. This 27-inch trophy has the Iron Mike bust on top, a nationally recognized representation of an Army Soldier. Each year it bears the name of the winning team.

On June 24 registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and the tournament begins with a shotgun start at 10:30. There will be refreshments and prize giveaways after play. The event will conclude around 4:30 p.m.

Valley Hill was the site for the AUSA Missile Heritage Golf Tournament held April 10, 2017, which had 108 players. “I’m confident we can hit that number again (at the Iron Mike event),” Yearta said. He would like to reach the course limit which is 160 golfers or 40 teams.

A Huntsville native, Yearta became a member of the AUSA board in 2017 after serving with the chapter’s young professionals group. He helped support the missile heritage golf tournament coordinator that year. This is his first year as the lead for the Iron Mike event. Yearta, 34, served in the Navy from 2004-09 and left as a petty officer second class.

“This event supports the Association of the U.S. Army,” the defense contractor said. “AUSA provides a voice for the United States Army. It also supports the Soldiers and it honors veterans and those who serve in order to advance the security of our nation. AUSA supports all of the components of the total Army and that’s your active duty, your Army Reserve, National Guard, Department of

Army civilians, retirees and family members.”

Tournament registration is $75 per person which includes entry fee, green fee and cart. There will be food, drinks and awards following play at the golf course. The corporate sponsorship levels include a $400 silver tiered sponsorship which gives you one team, recognition in the printed program and your company’s logo displayed on the tournament banner. Hole sponsorship, for each of the 18 holes, costs $250.

June 17 is the registration deadline. The tournament, which is among the activities during Armed Forces Celebration Week, can be found on Facebook or Twitter. Checks, made payable to AUSA, can be mailed to AUSA Redstone-Huntsville Chapter, P.O. Box 7054, Huntsville, AL 35807-1054. For more information, call Yearta at 679-0941 or email

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