ChamberGolf 2008 draws 100 players

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 19, 2008

FRANKLIN—A full field of 25 teams teed off in the 16th annual ChamberGolf tournament held at Cypress Cove Country Club.

Players, hole sponsors and volunteers started the day with a hot dog lunch provided by Wal-Mart, prepared by grill master Randolph Cook.

Chamber President Lauren Harper of BB&T welcomed the 100 players as club pro Danny Morgan offered the tournament rules.

“It takes a lot of people working together to make this event a success,” said Teresa Beale, chamber executive director. Committee members Randolph Cook, ICA; Sheriff Vernie Francis; Kevin Hudgins, Wal Mart; Rich Prosser, Edward Jones and Robbie Purvis of Bronco Federal Credit Union organized this year’s event.

ChamberGolf 2008 will be remembered for its chilly weather but, more importantly, for a new award in memory of chamber advocate, Joe Dail, who lost his battle with cancer in November.

Joe had a passion for golf and for helping others.

“He gave many volunteer hours securing sponsors, gathering prizes and presenting new ideas to enhance the tournament,” said Beale.

A perpetual plaque engraved with each year’s low gross winners will continue to honor Joe and his love for the chamber. Posting a 63 were 2008 Joe Dail Tournament champions Jim Councill, Will Councill, Matt Hopkins and Chris Hedrick.

First place low net went to John Smolak, Tommy Miller, Steve Cook and Russ Young.

Bill and Alice Goodwin, International Paper and Wright Funeral Home, sponsored the awards dinner.