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14th Annual California Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament coming up

14th Annual California Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament coming up

June 6th, 2018 by Kevin Labotka in Sports
The ball just hit by Adam Bieri, California, flies towards the green on Hole 9 at the California Country Club on June 14, 2017. Bieri was one of the players on the three person teams competing in the 2017 California Area Chamber of Commerce annual golf tournament.

The ball just hit by Adam Bieri, California,...

Photo by David Wilson /News Tribune.

The 14th Annual California Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament will be June 13, and tee off will begin at 10 a.m. at the California Country Club. There will be a lunch that starts at 11 a.m. and the event should end around 5 p.m.

There will be multiple prizes at this year's event. First place will win $300, second place earns $225, and third place gets $150.

There is also a $50 prize for the person who gets the closest to the pin on hole three and another $50 prize will go to the person with the longest putt on hole four. There will also be a prize for the team needing the most improvement.

Dixon Golf will also be there with a closest to the pin contest as well. A prize will be provided for this contest too.

Participants can buy two Mulligans, which cost $5 each and one can be used per nine holes. There is also 5-feet of string which will be $10 and there can only be one per team. At hole seven, there is an opportunity for each team to draw a card to advance down the fairway and that will cost $10 per team. Then there will be a 50/50 drawing, where one ticket will cost $1 or six tickets will cost $5.

Dwight Sanders, the chairman of the tournament, said the tournament can accommodate 27 teams of three and as of now 26 teams have signed up.

Sanders said the money raised helps multiple groups of people.

"The money raised by the golf tournament goes into our general operating account and is used for a variety of needs, including scholarships for graduating seniors, as well as supporting students for Girls/Boys State participation," the California school superintendent said. "(And it is) supporting youth, by sponsoring teams for participation in recreational athletic programs, and various other needs of our community."

Sanders said around 80 players sign up for the tournament and they have a volunteer staff of 20 people to help run the tournament. The tournament raises around $3,000, according to Sanders.

There have been a few changes, but the major change made to this year's tournament is the start time.

"There are no major changes to the tournament this year, except that the tee off time has been changed from an 11 start to a 10 start," Sanders said. "Because of the large number of teams that participate, the tournament was running late and so the earlier time will allow us to finish earlier.

"We also did away with the longest drive competition and added a longest putt contest. We made this change because we felt like more people could conceivably be competitive in this event than in the longest drive contest."

The tournament is still accepting door prizes and hole sponsors.

"Companies can promote their business by paying $50 to sponsor a hole and have their business name posted on a hole," Sanders said. "We are extremely blessed to have tremendous support from our community for this event.

"The Chamber would like to share our appreciation for the financial support of our tournament and for the hours that individuals donate to help volunteer their time. Our tournament is such a success, because of this outpouring of support. A special thank you goes out to Brad Baer, Shelly Hampton and Jenny Wehmeir who are hard-working members of the Chamber Golf Tournament committee."

If there are any questions, contact Brad Baer at 573-291-4590 or send an email to baerbros@centurylink.net.