By KEVIN BRADY
The tees are set and the beverages are chilling for the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce 20th Annual Golf Tournament later this month.
One of the chamber’s largest fundraisers of the year, the event is expected to draw more than 100 golfers to the Summerfield Crossing Golf Club, Saturday, Feb. 22.
“It is one of our larger events of the year that helps us finance the chamber as well as with our operating expense and what we do in the community,” said Tanya Doran, the chamber’s executive director.
The event gives local business people a chance to rub shoulders in a relaxed atmosphere, Doran said.
“It gives business owners and managers a chance to meet in a fun, social setting to help build relationships. At the end of the day, we are still a chamber of commerce and what better way to do business than out there on the golf course.”
Golfers can sign up at the “mob” rate for $350, which covers the cost of a foursome with four chipping-contest entries, four putting-contest raffle entries, four Mulligans, eight beverage tickets and four dinner tickets.
The single “mobster or flapper” rate covers one player’s admission and includes two beverage tickets and one dinner ticket.
A single dinner ticket is $20, with Mulligans going for $10 each.
“We hope to sell out the field of 144,” Doran said. “We already have had a good early response.”
The “Roaring 20th” tournament boasts a 1920s theme this year, with golfers coming dressed in classic golf attire, as gangsters or or as flappers in the days of Prohibition and the Jazz era.
Al Capone Alley, which is expected to feature more than 18 vendors, will be set up beside the Summerfield Clubhouse. When golfers visit all the vendors and get their scorecard marked by each, they will be entered into a drawing for prizes at the dinner.
A range of sponsorship opportunities — from All That Jazz ($750) to Gatsby Green ($50) — are available for local businesses. A+ Hearing Center Inc., AutoNation Nissan Brandon – Bradley Foster and Sun City Center Funeral Home are among those who have already signed up as sponsors for the event.
The event will also feature a $20,000 hole-in-one contest; a $10,000 putting raffle; chipping, longest drive and closest-to-pin contests; and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
Besides Al Capone Alley, golfers can also look for goodies and entertainment between the pins, as well as at the beverage carts, which will circle the course.
The afternoon concludes at a “Speakeasy Dinner” in the Summerfield Clubhouse with an awards presentation and silent auction.