The weather forecast warned of fog and rain, enemies of a golf outing. But the meteorological deities changed course, and on Friday, September 15, dozens of golfers from the Upper Valley teed off in the 21st Annual Golf Tournament to benefit the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce.
From the beginning, all the signs of a memorable day were present, including sunshine, pristine, manicured fairways, and complimentary hot dogs, courtesy of Lake Sunapee Bank. Once on the course, the athletes found a number of fun twists-and-turns to shake up their normal routine. The 7th hole was played entirely with a 7-iron. A member of the Hanover Country Club pro staff swung his 9-iron from the 17th tee (which played as a par 3 for the tournament) for each group. Burritos from Boloco awaited at the 15th green. The Hanover Inn provided free soft drinks, homemade cookies, and other delectable snacks. In the scramble format, it was easy to forget and forgive shanks, wayward drives, and putts that rolled off line.
Mike Campbell of Hanover True Value, who claimed he hadn’t swung a club for 8 years, played with three friends as part of the Gallagher, Flynn & Company team. “The tournament was a lot of fun and a great way to connect with a lot of business and community leaders from the area,” he said. “It's a bonus that the funds raised help the Chamber. I had a lot of fun, we laughed a lot, I can't wait to do it again,” he concluded, even though he admits his back hurt for two days after.
Pathways Consulting and Citizens Bank had a banner day on the course. Pathways won the gross tournament as a team and the longest drive women’s division, won by Vicki Goodrich. Citizens Bank won the net prize, and Claudia Carr took closest to the pin. On the men’s side, Aaron Warner from SymQuest won longest drive and Chris Hastings, playing with Be Fit, won the closest to the pin.Occasionally, witnesses reported the exchange of business cards, friendly introductions, and voluminous laughter.
The Chamber, led by Tracy Hutchins, thanked the sponsors and Hanover Country Club for their generous support for this wonderful summer tradition. “It was a great day for golf, and a great way to socialize and network outside of the office,” she said. “We are deeply grateful for all the support and look forward to using the funds raised from this event to help the Chamber to work with members, the local business community, civic leaders, and the people of the Upper Valley generally to strengthen our local economy.” The Chamber intends to work on several workforce development initiatives with the resources from the tournament.
Plans are already underway for the 2018 tournament.
The 2017 sponsors were: