Area Chamber golf tournament tees off Oct. 10

Published 10:04am Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce will host its second annual Building Fund Charitable Golf Tournament Thursday, Oct. 10 at Quail Walk Country Club in Wetumpka.
Registration is $65 and the event is open to men and women. A putting contest tees the event off at noon, followed by the shotgun start of the tourney at 12:30 p.m.
Proceeds from the tournament goes toward the WACC building fun, a project established to restore buildings in historic downtown Wetumpka. Chamber Executive Director Vanessa Lynch said the group is expecting another great event this year.
“Last year, it was a rally good first tournament,” she said. “We had a learning curve, but it went well. Right now, we’re on target to have a good year this year. We’ve got good sponsors this year who are committed.
“We try to make it a lot of fun and affordable for everyone.”
The Chamber has secured great prizes for all participants, said Lynch, and that every player will receive a goodie bag. She said they made an effort to have something for everybody.
“We do some fun things, in addition to the winning team, we have the ‘Most Honest’ award, which will go to the losing team. So we’re making it a tournament that people want to come back to every year.”
Quail Walk and Emerald Mountain Golf Course are both members of the Chamber. Emerald Mountain hosted the inaugural event in 2012 and this year is Quail Walk’s turn. And Lynch is excited about it.
“That had been the intention from beginning,” she said of Quail Walk hosting this year. “We have two chamber member golf courses, and the reason we went to Emerald Mountain first was because we hosted a few events at Quail Walk before. We try to rotate members for events. So this year we’re having it at Quail Walk. We’re excited to be close to downtown, excited to have it at Quail Walk, and (club owner) Earl Singleton does a great job.”
Lynch said the Chamber is appreciative of the support from businesses, as well as individuals, in the community for the renovation project. She said the golf tournament is a great way to “play and work.”
“I think it’s a combination of things. I believe for the sponsors, it’s about the downtown building projects, and supporting the Chamber. It’s a fun way to invest to the project and downtown, and it’s a good way for businesses to network and individuals to network outside of work.
“Last year, we had really strong community support and good representation of people in business and local government. We expect the same thing this year. This golf tournament is the best of both worlds, a rare opportunity to play and work at same time.”

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