Chamber hosts 2023 Peachy Greens Chamber Golf Classic

Published 9:13 am Friday, October 6, 2023

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Throughout the day on Thursday, local golfers and business professionals gathered at Highland Country Club for the LaGrange-Troup Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf tournament.

The team from Herc finished first in the scramble-style tournament taking home the top prize of $1,200 in Shop Troup gift certificates.

The Peachy Greens Chamber Golf Classic, as the tournament has been known for a few years now, is a four-person scramble format, where two flights of teams in the morning and afternoon compete for the lowest score.

The best shot is used among team members as they play through the course.

The annual tournament was created 19 years ago as a networking opportunity for chamber members. The teams are typically businesses, so the tournament gives their employees to network on the greens.

Teams compete for the top prize, but the goal is to have fun, mingle and talk business.

Each hole also hosts “Business on the Tee” where chamber members sponsor tent booths at each tee box. The booths show off their businesses and offer fun giveaways ranging from koozies and stress balls to Jello shots.

Past Chamber Chairman Jamey Jackson and Board Member Mike Gilmartin help organize the tournament each year, said Chamber President Connie Hensler.

A total of 30 teams, consisting of four players per team, signed up for the 2023 tournament is with 15 teams in each flight.

Throughout the day, there are additional contests, such as the Around the World Putting competition where golfers surround a green and take simultaneous shots at the hole in rounds until someone sinks the shot. Former LaGrange Mayor Chris Joseph and Andrew Kilgore of Diverse Power, sinking simultaneous long-range putts.

The “Pot Shot” contest was a fan favorite and made a return this year. The contest has tournament participants compete for the best shot while sitting on a bathroom toilet or “pot.”

A wacky off-the-wall challenge hole is an annual tradition of the tournament. Hensler said they also had hole-in-one challenges on certain holes including one with a prize of $10,000 for sinking a hole in a single shot.

Herc took home first place, Matt Orr State Farm earned second and Marsh McLennan Agency came in third.