Corbin H. Crable
Clear blue skies and temperatures in the low 80s greeted golfers for the Gardner Chamber of Commerce’s first-ever ‘Hacking in the Heat’ Golf Tournament on Aug. 25.
The tournament, which took place all day at the Gardner Golf Course, drew 52 golfers – or 13 teams of four players – to the event, sponsored in part by area businesses. The chamber fundraiser included a lunch, silent auction and a drink cart that wove its way throughout the course, selling drinks for donations. Registration for the event cost $75 per person.
Golfers participated in a number of competitions as they made their way from one hole to the next, including a putting competition, longest drive and longest put. The first-place winner in the top flight received $150 in cash. Complete results were not available at press time.
Chamber President Steve Devore, who himself played in the tournament, said weather conditions were ideal for the event.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better day today,” he said as he welcomed players and guests. “No matter how badly you play, you’ll still have a great time today.”
Devore told The Gardner News, however, that he believes attendance at the event was lower than others like it in the past, due in part to the uncertain condition of the economy.
“I think this wasn’t as successful because of the economy,” he said, “but we had lots of chamber members invite guests, so this was their first exposure to Gardner and to the Gardner Area Chamber of Commerce.”
Players loaded up their golf carts as Audrey West, assistant to the chamber president, continued checking in any last-minute registrants.
West said that although she planned on participating, she had to get a few last-minute golfing “tips” from her husband.
“I’m going to golf today, but I’m not good,” she joked. “I got instructions from my husband to keep my head down, keep my arms straight and actually face the hole.”
For more information on the ‘Hacking in the Heat’ golf tournament or any other chamber events, visit the chamber’s website at www.gardnerchamber.com