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Chamber golf tourney returns Friday

Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce Co-Directors Laura Raymer, left, and Candy Zarcone, stand next to a 2018 Jeep Compass Sport with four-wheel drive that will be given away to any lucky person who makes a hole in one at Friday's 13th Annual Farmington Regional Chamber Golf Tournament. The prize is courtesy of Auto Plaza Group in Farmington.

The 13th Annual Farmington Regional Chamber Golf Tournament taking place Friday at the Crown Pointe Golf Club in Farmington is expected to be one of the biggest fundraisers of the year.

The four-person scramble — sponsored by the Farmington Regional Chamber of Commerce — begins with a noon lunch and registration, followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

“It is going to be held on Friday the 13th, which seems to be a theme for us this year,” said Laura Raymer, chamber co-director. “It’s going to be a fantastic event. The money that we raise from this helps us to do some of the programs that we do out in the community, as well as for our members.

“So, whether it’s different events like Harvest Night or some of the different training events that we offer on a regular basis to our members, as well as to the general public, this is one of the ways that we make that happen.”

According to Raymer, as of Tuesday morning, she and Co-Director Candy Zarcone were expecting around 120 golfers to take part in the tournament.

“It’s ginormous,” Raymer said. “We absolutely have to thank our main sponsor, Parkland Health Center."

Raymer is especially excited about this year’s Hole in One prize — a brand new orange 2018 Jeep Compass Sport with four-wheel drive, courtesy of Auto Plaza Group in Farmington.

“Somebody’s hopefully going to win the car, and not only that, but we’ll also pay the sales tax, so it’s kind of a big deal,” she said. “We also have lots of other Hole in One prizes. We have a $500 Visa gift card, 50-inch smart TV and Callaway golf irons.

“Our raffle prizes include a Yeti cooler, brand new golf bags, more Callaway and Odyssey golf clubs — lots of neat stuff. There’s lots of opportunities for businesses to network together and meet some new folks and just get out and have a good time.”

As of Tuesday morning, Raymer thought there might be a little bit more room for late registrants, but it would be close.

“We can still probably squeeze in a few,” she said. “Right now, I have eight more teams that are getting their paperwork to me and that may just fill us, but definitely contact us and see if there are any spaces left.

“This is going to be one of our largest golf tournaments that we’ve done, which is really exciting. People have come to like the tournament because of the different things that we offer.

“We’ve changed it up a little bit, so there aren’t as many goofy games. It’s a much more serious tournament in that regard, but we’re going to have a poker run; we have the raffle; door prizes as well, too, so it’s a great day to get out there and enjoy yourself.”

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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