Golfers are preparing to hit the links for the annual Chamber Appreciation Golf Tournament on June 25 at Cedarbrook Country Club.
The tournament, which has drawn many leaders in the community through past events, benefits the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce by directly funding events in the local area.
“We’re so lucky to have the local businesses and leaders stand behind each other and the chamber,” said Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce President Myra Cook. In past tournaments, members from the school system, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and other entities competed in the friendly tournament.
“They do a lot of good for the area and community that people don’t know about,” said Cedarbrook Head Golf Professional Zim Zimmerman of the chamber. “Our chamber is designed for fellowship, camaraderie. They want the community to benefit, they give so much back.”
Zimmerman, who has been charged with planning the logistics of the tournament for the past several years, gratefully gives his time to supporting the chamber and all that it stands for.
“They’ve had the same supporters and sponsors for many years,” said Zimmerman, speaking of the loyalty of the group. “Their board of directors gives up time to help the community better support businesses. Their charity events annually raise about $350,000 and most of it goes back into the community. We’re so fortunate.”
The tournament includes a complimentary lunch provided by Cedarbrook Country Club and a shotgun start beginning at 1 p.m. Players will be able to start the tournament at the same time, but on different holes according to where they are assigned. Players will be grouped into teams of four for each hole and participants may sign up as a team or individually.
“We’re very grateful to Zim Zimmerman and Cedarbrook,” said Cook. “They give us the run of the course and make us feel like it’s ours. They are very nice.”
The tournament is open to anyone wishing to participate on June 25. Players may register up until the day before the event for $160 per team or $40 per person. According to the chamber, last year’s tournament welcomed 18 teams.
Awards are given after the tournament ends for the winner of the proximity contest, the long drive contest and the top three flights. All players will receive a gift and goody bag compliments of local businesses.
“Last year 82 people participated,” said Zimmerman. “I hope the field will continue to increase.”
Several ambassadors from the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce will be present during the tournament, serving as a welcome committee and as cheerleaders for participants. “Some come and stay all day,” said Cook of the passion their members have for the chamber.
The golf tournament, along with the wine festival auction, is a major funding event for the chamber. “The money raised from the tournament is for the chamber and helps keep us going,” said Cook.
Karen Holbrook may be reached at 336-258-4059 or on Twitter @KarenHolbrook00.