The Chamber’s golf tournaments are the perfect way to thank clients, entertain prospects, and reward employees. Golf outings are offered in the spring and fall with opportunities for golfers of all skill levels.
Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
While many people think of golf as a game, it's much more. It's a great opportunity for your business. Whether you're looking for a fun day on the links or a chance to meet new business contacts, the 27th Annual Chamber Golf Classic can benefit your business!
This year's Chamber Classic golf tournament will be held on Friday, June 2nd, at Danville Golf Club with tee time at 1:00 p.m.
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Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open Golf Tournament Celebrated 25 Years on September 30
It was a milestone year and a day of celebration as the business community teamed up to support the 25th Annual Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open golf tournament on September 30th at the Goodyear Golf Course.
The Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open golf tournament began when former Goodyear plant manager Ed Steffey, who was a member of the board of directors of the former Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, shared concerns about the lack of funding for innovative classroom projects. Steffey saw many ‘bright spots’ in our schools, but he also recognized that there had to be a different way to provide resources that weren’t available through the traditional funding streams. Steffey realized that Goodyear alone couldn’t change the future of education, but that one business could influence the ability of the region to come together in support of education.
Goodyear had two assets that were important in the development of the education grants: a passionate leader and a golf course. Using that combination, a golf tournament was started with all proceeds being designated for the education grants. Other businesses were invited to participate and the education grant program was launched.
“Ed Steffey saw financial needs within our educational system that were not being met through traditional funding methods,” said Goodyear-Danville Plant Manager Greg Kerr. “This tournament demonstrates the weight of importance placed on education within our community.”
All of the funds from the tournament are distributed to education projects in the region by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber Foundation. While the final proceeds from this year’s tournament are still being tabulated, the tournament has raised more than $300,000 over the past 25 years.
This year’s tournament saw 23 teams vying for top honors in the captain’s choice tournament.
Capturing first place honors and winning a set of Goodyear tires for each player was the West Landscaping team of Henry West, Donnie Scearce, Donald Murphy, and Rocky Manning with a score of 57.
Finishing in second place was the Goodyear Tire & Rubber team of Ricky Austin, Richard Davis, Lee Burton, and Bill Harris who shot a 58.
Third place finishers were Kirk Turner, Patrick Capozzoli, Richard Chaplin, and Travis Bowman representing the Danville Distributing Company team. The team shot a 59.
The tournament also presented prizes to the 9th and 18th place teams. The Columbia Forest Products team of Mike Bray, Jamie Ward, Tony Marsh, and Bo Cooper finished 9th with a score of 65. The Steffey Family team of Tim Hinesley, Rob Hinesley, Philip Haley, and Johnny Gauldin finished 18th with a score of 69.
The winner of the closest-to-the pin contest on hole #2 was Bill Harris of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He won a golf bag courtesy of USW Local 831. Willy Knight of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company was the skilled winner on hole #6, capturing a men’s watch courtesy of Ben David Jewelers, for his closest-to-the-pin shot.
Winning closest to the pin on #12 and a gift certificate to Four Seasons Pest Control was Jamie Ward of Columbia Forest Products. Winning gift certificates to the pro shop for their closest-to-the-pin shots were Donald Gravitt of Canteen Food and Vending Services on #10 and Mike Young of Columbia Forest Products on #17.
Robert Woodall Auto Mall offered a new Chevy Malibu on hole #10 if any golfer could sink a hole-in-one, but none of the golfers made the critical drive. Ben David Jewelers offered a one-carat diamond as a hole-in-one prize on hole #12, but that prize also remained uncaptured.
“We’re grateful for the overwhelming support of area businesses and individuals for this tournament, and are proud to be part of a community that places such value on education,” said Kerr.
Goodyear and the Chamber would like to thank all of the sponsors, teams, and players who supported this year’s golf tournament.
Eagle Club sponsors were Averett University, Canteen Food and Vending Services, Dan River Inc. Endowment Fund of The Community Foundation, Danville Regional Medical Center, and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
President’s Club sponsors were the Association of Energy Engineers – Danville Chapter, Columbia Forest Products, Danville Distributing Company, Essel Propack, and Harris, Harvey, Neal & Co., LLP, CPA’s.
Lunch and beverage sponsors were Canteen Food and Vending Services and Pepsi Beverages Company. Hole sponsors were 2 Witches Winery & Brewing Company and Commonwealth Home Health Care.