Community hits the green

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, September 18, 2013
It was hot Thursday, but not hot enough to detour the Ninth Annual Chamber Golf Outing. Businesses from around town arrived at the West Liberty Golf and Country Club to compete.

17 teams of four took to the course for nine holes of best ball in the light-hearted atmosphere, after which participants gathered for an award ceremony and supper in the club.

"It's just a nice way to have fun and network," WL Chamber Chief Operating Officer Letha Ottaway said. "We try to have fun, and we take all kinds of golfers, the good and the bad. It's mainly for a good time."

Best ball is a form of golf where all team members tee off. Then all team members hit from the best shot, and continue to do so for the entire hole. It's a great variation of the sport for friendly non serious play.

But there were still goodies to be earned. Local business donations and door prizes were won and given away. As usual, the free car for a hole-in-one on the second hole went unclaimed.

Operations Management International, WL Foods, WL State Bank, the Simpson Memorial Home, HD Cline, Casey's, and Fred's Feed were just a few of the businesses to show up.

They all teed off around 2 p.m. at their designated starting places. Each hole saw two teams at a time to help keep the flow going until play stopped around 5 p.m.

To top it off, each hole hosted a special event, monitored by other big names from the community. At the first hole participants competed for the longest drive and at the fifth they drew a card to see which club they had to use to tee off.

Because of the West Liberty's 175th Anniversary, Superintendent Steve Hanson and Ken Donnelly sat at the sixth hole asking West Liberty trivia.

The golf outing was started years ago by Chamber President Tara Lindsay, and has continued to be a highlight of the year for the group.

"We started it as a fundraiser back then," Lindsay said. "It was really the only one we had. We had such a great turn out that we kept it going each year."

And each year the tournament has been met with success. 17 new golfers joined the fray for a total of 68 participants this time around, as well as some new businesses.

"It went great," added Ottaway, "It was a success and we made money. Also, every single person showed up."
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