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Trustmark Invitational Preview Day Sets Stage for Next Month's Tournament at Laurel Country Club

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Professional and amateur golfers gear up for next month's Trustmark Invitational at Laurel Country Club.

"We're excited about July the 26th to arrive and begin another great championship, so we can crown another true champion at the historic Laurel Country Club," says Laurel Country Club President Lampkin Butts.

"We're all ready. We're all ready to showcase what we've been working for for the last three or four years," says Laurel Country Club Head PGA Golf Professional.

Laurel Country Club hosts the PGA of America tournament for the fourth time in the event's 40-year history.

The invitational features a field of 120 players, pairing PGA of America professionals with the state's top amateurs.

"It's the only tournament in the state that has that. Not a lot of tournaments have that, especially in our region," says Butts.

"It is a huge deal, not only to us golf professionals, but to all the amateurs in the state as well," says Laurel Country Club PGA Golf Professional Steven Driggers.

Butts and Driggers will be two of about 30 professionals teeing off against roughly 90 amateurs.

"We go after each other. The needle will be deep," says Butts.

"It's a great opportunity for us to have some comradery against one another, and a good bit of ribbing goes on between each of the different sides," says Driggers.

But no matter who wins, Driggers says the tournament is important for Mississippi.

"It gives us a true state champion."

PGA professionals are playing for a $25,000 cash prize, while amateurs compete for gift cards to instate golf shops.

The tournament runs from July 26th to the 28th.

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