Fifty-six Special Olympics athletes and Unified partners from across the state are set to tee off at the annual Special Olympics Delaware State Golf Tournament on Oct. 2 at Maple Dale Country Club, 180 Mapledale Road, Dover.

The tournament is played over nine holes in alternate-shot format with each Special Olympics athlete paired with a Unified partner — a peer without a disability. Athletes and Unified partners have trained together for the past several months by attending clinics and outings.

In addition to the tournament, athletes are competing in a skills event featuring driving, chipping and putting contests.

The event will begin with an opening ceremony at 12:45 p.m.; a shotgun start will be at 1 p.m. for the alternate-shot tournament. The skills competition will begin at 1:15 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place at about 3:30 p.m.

Maple Dale Country Club donates the use of the golf course for the day, as it has for the past few years.

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