Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

August 2, 2013

Chamber holding 28th annual golf outing

By Amanda Browning Daily News
Greensburg Daily News

---- — GREENSBURG – The Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 28th annual golf outing August 9 at the North Branch Golf Course.

The Chamber’s event is the longest running golf outing in the county, allowing Chamber members an opportunity to network with other business owners while getting out of the office and playing an 18-hole game. A surprising amount of business could take place on the course, according to the Chamber’s executive director, Jeff Emsweller. Emsweller said that the golf outing is a fantastic way for business owners to talk and possibly make deals in a relaxing, low-pressure environment, in addition to enjoying a relaxing game.

Since its inception, the Chamber has sought to promote smart, controlled growth of business and industry in the area, both in Greensburg and throughout the county. Because the organization is not-for-profit, fundraisers have become vital to the Chamber’s continued existence.

The annual golf outing is one of the Chamber’s chief fundraisers. The golf outing, and other Chamber events, help fund community programs and future events to benefit the public.

This year, Emsweller said the Chamber chose to move the golf outing to Friday instead of the traditional Wednesday because board members thought it would be a great way for participants to start their weekend, or end their work week. The Chamber’s website features an event description titled “TGIF- Thank ‘Golf’ it’s Friday.”

The title sponsor for this year’s event is Arbor Grove Village. Emsweller said the company has been very active in the community and have generously become title sponsors this year to further assist Chamber efforts in the area. There is an extensive list of sponsors and donors for the golf outing, showing widespread community support for the Chamber’s annual event.

The outing will be held at North Branch Golf Course, which is located at 8492 East Base Road. Emsweller said the event rotates each year between the North Branch Golf Course and the Greensburg Country Club golf course, largely because it provides variety for participants and gives an economic boost to both golf courses.

The golf outing will take place Saturday, August 9, with the registration table opening at 10 a.m. and tee time at 11 a.m. Lunch will be provided by Izzy’s Catering, a Chamber member from the Batesville area. Burgers and brats will be served, as well as side dishes, drinks and desserts.

During the outing, there will be a number of prizes that can be won by golfers for scoring a hole-in-one. The hole-in-one contest is sponsored by First Federal Savings and Loan. First Federal paid the insurance for the event, allowing the Chamber to use the money saved to purchase some of the amazing prizes for the outing. First Federal Savings and Loan also provided an eight day, seven night Hawaiian vacation, which can be won at one hole. Another hole features a 2014 Chevy Impala as the prize and was sponsored by Tom Sibbit Chevrolet. Other prizes for scoring a hole-in-one include a television, a $500 visa gift card, a kindle fire, and a set of Cleveland golf clubs, depending on which hole the golfer is at when they score.

Other holes will feature special contests and prizes. For example, participants can expect to find longest drive, best ball, and closest to the pin contests at different holes on the course. Special prizes will be available at most of the holes during the 18-hole game. During the game, a beverage cart, sponsored by Crystal Clear Window Cleaning and Shirks International, will be traveling around the course, offering beverages to players. AVI Food Systems provided snacks and drinks for the event, which allows the Chamber to earn extra funds.

Several of the sponsors and vendors will have games for participants, many of which will come with impressive prizes. Tom Stricker, of Cutting Edge Sporting Goods, will be on site with a unique game. Stricker will have a target set up and will bring bows and arrows. Each player will be given the opportunity to shoot an arrow at the target. Depending on where the arrow hits, if it lands in one of the circles at the center, players will be entered in a drawing to take place after the outing. The target will also feature small spots marked with increments of change leading up to a dollar. If the arrow lands on one of those spaces, players will be asked to donate that amount to the National Archery in the Schools Program, which is the organization that holds the archery tournaments in which the South Decatur Elementary School and Greensburg Junior High teams recently competed.

In the afternoon, as golfers come in from playing their 18 holes, score cards will be turned in and tallied while participants are invited to happy hour, which will be sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. North Branch officials will determine the winners and display the rankings on the large score board at the course. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. During happy hour, a dinner of chicken wings, side dishes and all the fixings will be served by Buffalo Wings and Rings.

Every player who participates in the Chamber’s golf outing will receive a coupon for a free golf club. Players will also receive a small cooler that is capable of holding six beverages provided by Prestige Printing, a Columbus Chamber of Commerce member.

It is not necessary to be a Chamber member to participate in the golf outing. Teams consist of four golfers and registration for a team is available at a cost of $375. Individuals can register for a cost of $100. No teams or individuals will be accepted after Tuesday, August 6. Emsweller said that 20 teams have already registered and he expects about 24 to be registered as of tee time August 9.

Emsweller wished to extend his sincere thanks to Kevin Koehne, of MainSource Bank, who is serving as the event chair for the golf outing. Special thanks also goes to Amy Wickens, of Decatur County Memorial Hospital, who is the event co-chair.

“The golf outing helps up to bring future community events to the area and to help small businesses based here. The Chamber has been here for 107 years and has started a lot of important things in the county,” Emsweller said. “A bad day at golf is still better than a good day in the office. Come represent your company and enjoy yourself. This is a great way to end the work week and start the weekend.”

Anyone with questions about the golf outing is invited to call the Greensburg-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce at 812-663-2832.

Contact: Amanda Browning 812-663-3111 x7004