While many people have been watching the Olympics to see athletes flex their muscles, there will be more displays of skills in Baldwin County this Saturday. Alabama’s Strongest Man and Strongest Woman competition is set to begin at 9 a.m. at The Hangout in Gulf Shores.

Chris Slater, who owns the Alabama Strength training facility in Foley, is an organizer and the state chairperson for the North American Strongman Corp.

“Part of my role is to host a contest every year, but also try to help promote the sport of strongman in the area,” he said. “This is our fourth year running this contest. We went from 14 athletes in year one, to 32 athletes in year two, to 65 athletes in year three.”


The five events include the log/axle press medley (starting with the log, clean and press; then move to the axle, clean and press; repeat for maximum reps in 60 seconds), yoke walk (120-foot course; 60 feet down, drop and re-pick for 60 feet back; multiple drops allowed in 60 seconds), frame carry (pick and carry for 60 feet; multiple drops allowed in 60 seconds), car deadlift (maximum reps in 60 seconds) and atlas stones (maximum tosses over a bar in 60 seconds; bar height is 50 inches for women and 54 inches for men).

The six different divisions for the competitors, who are amateurs, are Women, Novice, Masters, Lightweight Open, Middleweight Open and Heavyweight Open. Slater said entries are expected from Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana. The Alabama contest is a qualifier for national events.

To learn more about the competition, visit www.AlabamaStrength.com, call 517-812-4143 or send an email to slaterpowerfitness@gmail.com. A list of the current entries can be found at www.facebook.com/events/429781747178023/?active_tab=posts.

Benefit fishing tourney
The second annual Reel Hope Classic fishing tournament is set for Aug. 26-27 at the Orange Beach Marina. The event, which is hosted by the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club, raises funds for the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham.

The captain’s meeting will begin that Friday at 6:30 p.m. at the facility, located at 27075 Marina Road. Participants and a guest can enjoy a catfish dinner, drinks, door prizes and live music.

On Saturday, the four-man teams can enter in categories such as inshore fishing for $250 per boat or offshore fishing for $500 per boat. A jackpot category is available to $25 per boat.

Weigh-ins will run from 4 to 8 p.m. Trophies will be presented for each category winner.

To sign up visit give.childrensal.org/reelhope or call Kerrie Benson at 251-610-4969. Updates can be found atfacebook.com/reelhopeclassic.

Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children since 1911. Last year more than 3,200 patients from the Gulf Coast region were treated.

Golf anniversary
One of the top golf courses along the northern Gulf Coast is having a birthday. The Preserve Golf Club, located two miles north of Interstate 10 in Vancleave, Mississippi, will mark its 10th anniversary Aug. 23-25.

The 18-hole, par 71 course was just named by Golfweek magazine as a “Best Course for 2017.” Since opening, The Preserve has received other recognitions from both Golfweek and Golf Digest, including being ranked the No. 2 course in Mississippi.

U.S. Open champion Jerry Pate designed the course, which is surrounded by 1,800 acres of nature conservancy. The course is an Audubon International Certified Signature Sanctuary.

To mark the decade, a $75 per person special rate will be available for those three days. Golfers will receive unlimited play for the day, unlimited practice balls for the day, a free sleeve of balls, a free cap or visor, unlimited bottled water, carts equipped with GPS from Visage and a barbeque lunch (provided until 3 p.m.)

Chris Champagne, The Preserve’s golf pro, said the anniversary rate is their way of saying thanks to the repeat golfers and an invitation to new guests. To book a tee time, call 877-MSGOLF9 (674-6539) or 228-386-2500.

Are you ready for some futbol?
While many fans are focused on the upcoming football season, our local colleges will soon get started in other sports.

For the University of South Alabama, the women’s soccer team will host Samford on Aug. 19 and Auburn on Aug. 21. In women’s volleyball, the Jaguars travel to Birmingham on Aug. 26 to take on Indiana State and Nichols State.

For the University of Mobile, the men’s soccer team will host Mississippi College on Aug. 22. The women’s soccer team opens at Spring Hill College on Aug. 26, then host LSU-Alexandria on Aug. 27. In women’s volleyball, UM begins Aug. 26-27 with the Faulkner University tournament in Montgomery.

For Spring Hill, women’s soccer starts play in their game against the Rams. The men’s soccer team will host William Carey on Aug. 28. For women’s volleyball, SHC starts Sept. 1 in Clinton, Mississippi, against Mississippi College and William Carey.

Many of these squads have received preseason honors. That list will appear in a future edition of Lagniappe.

The recent story about Spring Hill College’s move into the National Collegiate Athletic Association incorrectly mentioned the Badgers’ success in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In place of basketball, it should have said the women’s softball team has gone undefeated the last two seasons in league play, while the men’s baseball team is 34-3 against the SIAC during that stretch.