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.
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.
Chamber Classic Golf Tournament
It was a beautiful day as area golfers teed it up for the Annual Chamber Classic Golf Tournament on Friday, June 5, at Danville Golf Club. Sponsored by the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, this year marked the tournament’s 26th anniversary. Twenty-two teams, representing 88 golfers, participated in the golf tournament which is an annual fund raiser with all proceeds supporting the Chamber’s work in economic growth and prosperity for our region.
Capturing first place gross was the Danville Distributing Company team of Kirk Turner, Jeff Guill, Eric Mitchell, and Layne Mills with a score of 56. Second place gross winners were Scott Batson, Chad Anderson, Dale Powell, and Bill Barker with a score of 57. They were representing the team of Big Sale, Inc. and won second place on a match of cards.
The third place gross winner was the Sonny Merryman, Inc. team of Bobby Lovelace, Lee Lovelace, Bradd Crews, and Brian Whitt. Their team shot a 57. Fourth place gross winners were Ramsey Yeatts, Richard Meadows, John Adkins, and Paul Miller with a score of 58. They were representing the Ramsey Yeatts Realty/Four Seasons Pest Control team and won fourth place on a match of cards. Rounding out fifth place in gross score was the First Piedmont team of Lyle Moore, Michael Puryear, Kevin Snow, and Knox Milligan with a score of 58.
Capturing first place in net score was the Intertape Polymer Group team of Mike Jones, Philip Kauneckas, Ridge Gibson, and Tim Rollison with a score of 50. The Dewberry team of Larry Hasson, Keith Robinson, John Morrison, and Philip Haley finished second net with a 52.2. Third place net winners were Greg Haymore, Bob Warren, Vern Cowan, and Forrest Dodson who represented the Haymore and Holland/RJ Baldwin Agency team. They finished with a 52.7.
The team of Harris, Harvey, Neal & Company won fourth place net with a score of 56.4. Team members were Mark Foster, Vaden Wright, John Neal, and George Brooks. Finishing in fifth place net was the JEB International team of Jay Barker, Axel Taxen, Austin Harper, and Scott Wintrode with a 57.
Closest-to-the-pin contest winners were Bill Barker, Michael Puryear, Scott Wintrode, and George Brooks.
“This year’s Chamber Classic golf tournament was a tremendous success and celebrated a rich history which has spanned the past 26 years,” commented Brian Finney, chairman of the Chamber Classic Golf Committee. “Our golfers had a great time and commented that this was the one of the best tournaments they’ve ever competed in.”
“We appreciate the outstanding support from Chamber members and affiliated businesses for this year’s tournament. We also appreciate their year-round support of the Chamber as we strive to increase the profitability and success of our local business community,” stated Finney.