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BRING ON THE HEAVY HITTERS: Large turnout for 2017 Chamber Classic

There was a large turnout of players for the 2017 Chamber Classic Golf Tournament at the Andalusia Country Club on Monday morning.

“It has been a picture perfect day,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Chrissie Duffy said. “The weather has been perfect and everybody has been in a good mood.”

Duffy said that the turnout for this year’s event was great.

“We have had an excellent turnout this year,” Duffy said. “We also have had excellent support.”

With the event going smoothly, Duffy credited the chamber members.

“Our board of directors have done an excellent job with this,” Duffy said. “It’s always easier when you have as many helping hands as we do.”

The annual ball drop event that goes a long with the Chamber Classic had to be changed up a little this year due to weather.

“It’s always something we prepare for,” Duffy said. “The past two years we have had our Life Flight team drop the balls out of the helicopter, but we always know that if there is an emergency that they might not be able to make it.”

As it turns out, the Life Flight crew that was slated to come was deployed to Dallas to help with the rescue and relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey.

“The guy called me this weekend and told that they were being deployed to Houston and wouldn’t be able to make it,” Duffy said. “They told us that they knew a crew out of Pensacola that could come fill in, but a line of storms between here and there wouldn’t allow them to come. Thankfully, the Andalusia Country Club helped out by providing a front-end loader to use for the ball drop.”

As the day wrapped up, Duffy said that she was very pleased with the event.

“It really was a success,” Duffy said. “Every one had a good time and we had beautiful weather for golf. We really want to thank every one that came out and participated. We also want to thank all of the business that donated money to sponsor holes or sponsor teams. We couldn’t do this without these businesses. This is the only fundraiser that wee hold all year, and every one that has been a part of it has helped make it a success.”

In the championship flight, the teams of PowerSouth and Evans Barnes tied for the top spot with a score of 57.

In the first flight, South Alabama Waste Services and the team from Rabren, Odom, Pierce and Hayes tied for first place.

The biggest losers in the championship flight were CCDEC and Delta Design garnered those honors for the first flight.