Jacksonville Chamber Hosts Golf Tournament and Golf Ball Drop for the First Time | Local news
On Friday, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce partnered with Christus Mother Frances Hospital in Jacksonville to host an inaugural golf tournament and golf ball game at the Cherokee Ranch Golf Club.
When the 36th annual Tomato Festival, originally scheduled for June 13, was postponed to September 19 and then canceled altogether due to COVID-19, House Speaker Peggy Renfro decided to hold an event for the community that would materialize despite the pandemic. .
“This is something I wanted to do but couldn’t plan with so many other chamber programs going on throughout the year. But since the Tomato Fest did not take place, the discussion of a chamber golf tournament was picked up and worked out perfectly, ”said Renfro.
The event was made possible by title sponsor Christus Mother Frances Hospital – Jacksonville, originally the main sponsor of Tomato Fest.
Christus administrator Barry Lofquist highlighted the importance of the event to the community.
“Growing up in a small town, I realize the importance of being actively involved in the local community and giving back whenever possible,” he said. “This event helps support the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, which helps promote and support local businesses, which fuel the continued growth, development and advancement of our community.”
A total of 24 teams entered the tournament for a chance to win a first, second or third place prize as well as a “lame duck” prize for last place. Several door prizes were also awarded, including a 43-inch television.
Gene Keenon, director of government affairs and municipal services for Republic Services, said he was happy organizations were thinking outside the box to host events in 2020.
“COVID has put the brakes on so many events this year across the country and I am impressed that the decision to have an outdoor event like this is still underway,” he said. “Republic Services supports the Jacksonville community in many different ways and the Chamber of Commerce is one of our favorites. “
Texas National Bank lender and golf team player Dillon Rodriguez were excited to participate in the event.
“This event gives local businesses the opportunity to network with each other and have a little fun,” Rodriguez said.
Immediately after the tournament there was a golf ball drop where over 600 golf balls were dropped from a helicopter. Numbered balls cost $ 10 each for a chance to win $ 1,000 for the ball that landed closest to the hole.
Cherokee Ranch Golf Club President Anthony Williams, who hosted much of the event on the course, said he was delighted to partner with the chamber to make the event happen.
“The chamber is such a valuable asset to our community when it comes to advertising and promotion that we are taking the opportunity to partner with their team to organize this event,” he said. “They do so much for the course and other local businesses throughout the year, so having this opportunity gives us a chance to give back.”
The event also included a fried fish and entertainment by Boogie Butt Productions.