The Spirit of America Golf Classic is
Burningtree Country Club's long-running, fundraising tournament held annually
in conjunction with Decatur’s Spirit of America Festival, which itself is one
of the largest, free Fourth of July festivals in the south. Established in
1967, this unique "college team and individual" format event has been
home to collegiate players and top amateur players from across the nation. The format is 72-holes of stroke play, with a 54-hole collegiate team division. The "Spirit" tournament boasts many top graduates, like 1995 Champion-turned-PGA tour player Heath Slocum, and 1989 Junior Champion-turned-PGA tour player Stewart Cink.