READY FOR THE TEE TIME: Chamber Golf Classic coming this month

Published 12:05 am Thursday, August 2, 2018

The 13th Annual Chamber Classic Golf Tournament will be held on Aug. 21 at the Andalusia Country Club.

“This is a 3-man scramble so it encourages networking,” Andalusia Chamber of Commerce director Chrissie Duffy said. “You get six people playing golf and riding around together on each hole.”

The tournament is the only fundraiser that the Chamber holds each year.

“We do a lot of different events throughout the year, but this is our only fundraiser,” Duffy said. “This is how we grow our operating budget for the year. It’s our way of expanding our program of work.”

Duffy said she expects to have a full field of golfers for the tournament.

“We usually have more than 100 golfers playing in the tournament,” Duffy said. “We have two tee times to help get everyone in the tournament.”

There will be a 7:30 a.m. tee time and a 1 p.m. tee time that the teams may choose between.

“Even though they will tee off at different times,” Duffy said. “They will still be competing with everyone in their flight.”

Duffy said there will be a top flight and a second flight that will be determined by skill level.

“We encourage everyone to come out and participate in some way,” Duffy said. “This is a fun tournament so you don’t have to be a very good golfer to play. It’s a scramble so your team still has a chance to compete. For those that don’t want to play, they can still help out in other ways.”

The tournament has been held on a Monday in the past, but this year it will be held on a Tuesday, Duffy said.

“This is something new that the ACC is doing this year,” Duffy said. “They are playing tournaments on Tuesdays instead of Mondays. It will be interesting to see how that pans out. You go to the office on Monday and get things ready for the week and then go out and enjoy a day of golf on Tuesday.”

Along with a round of golf, golfers will be treated to lunch and also receive a gift bag with items donated by local businesses.

“This is just going to be a really fun day,” Duffy said. “You get 18 holes of golf, lunch and an incredible goody bag. We will also do the ball drop right after lunch.”

The Chamber has partnered with Baptist LifeFlight who uses one of their helicopters to drop a bucket of numbered balls onto the practice green.

Anyone can purchase a ball drop ticket with a number and you could win $1,000 if your ball lands closest to the hole. Duffy said there would be additional prizes for the second and third closest to hole.

“The ball drop is always really fun to watch,” Duffy said. “People bring their kids out there just to watch the helicopter drop the ball. We are so thankful for our partnership with Baptist LifeFlight to be able to have the ball drop.”

Duffy said that businesses may still sign up to be sponsors for the tournament.

“We have about two weeks left for sponsors to sign up,” Duffy said. “We encourage them to go ahead and let us know if they want to be a sponsor. The longer we know, the more we can get their name out there as a sponsor.”

Duffy said that they are very fortunate to be able to play the tournament at the ACC.

“We love being partners with the Country Club,” Duffy said. “It’s a such a beautiful course and they do a wonderful job.”

Along with prizes for the winners, Duffy said there will be prizes for long drive, closest to the pin and a hole-in-one challenge on hole No. 9.

There will be a $300 registration fee per team.

Eagle sponsorships are $1,000 and include two teams, coporate banner at Terrace and two hole sponsorships with signage.

Promo sponsorships are $1,000 and include one team, logo imprint on official Chamber Promotional Gift and one hole sponsorship with sign.

Birdie sponsorships are $500 and include one team, logo on banner at Terrace and one hole sponsorship with signage.

Prize hole sponsorships are $200 for the closet to the pin/ long drive prize hole and prize money.

Hole sponsorships are $100 that come with signage and the opportunity to place promotional items in the goody-bag.

A $300 cash prize will be given to the first place teams in each flight and $150 cash prize to the second place team in each flight.