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June 17th, 2019

golf photoCourtesy photoELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times

 

For those looking to get out on the golf course and have some fun, the Liberal Chamber of Commerce will have the opportunity for just that Saturday. 

The Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament will be at Willow Tree Golf Course Saturday, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Staff is currently still taking host sponsors and looking for a few more teams to participate. The fee is $300 per team of four and that also includes lunch and some prizes. There will also be a silent auction going on that afternoon. 

“It's going to be a good time. This is our first one, so it may turn out to be a great time,” Liberal Chamber of Commerce Board President Kris Musgrave said. “It's just something great that would help support the Chamber because the money we raise from these types of events goes right back into the community. So it would be great to see a lot of support for these local businesses and it will also be great to see everyone having a good time and networking among themselves.”

“It's a great opportunity for golf lovers to come out and have a fun day on the course and meet some new people and have fun and win prizes,” Liberal Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rozelle Webb added. “So if anyone would like to get a team together to participate, just get four people together and that's set.”

This will be the first year for the Chamber of Commerce to host the tournament, and both Webb and Musgrave said the inspiration behind the idea was rather simple. 

“Kris really likes golf and thought it would be fun to put together, so we started discussing it and then ultimately organizing everything,” Webb said. “Kris was also wanting to give Chamber members and others in the community the chance to have fun and get out on the course for a day.”

“Overall it just felt like a good idea. It seemed like a fun activity we could put together for the community and the business owners in Liberal,” Musgrave added. “The Chamber does events throughout the year but I felt like it would be fun for us to try something new.”

With this being the tournament’s inaugural year, both Musgrave and Webb said they are excited to see how everything goes. 

“I'm looking forward to overall seeing how it turns out. We've never done anything like this before, so we're going to do this as well as we can,” Musgrave said. “There are only a few of us who have actually helped coordinate a golf tournament and it's been fun hearing all the input. So since this is the first year, the big goal is for everyone to enjoy themselves and have a good time.  This is such a different event than what the Chamber's done in the past and it's a great way to get businesses together and my big hope is for this to be a really big event that businesses look forward to every year so they can sign up and compete.”

“I just think it'll be a fun day out there at the golf course, and there will be the chance to meet new people and network and just overall enjoy the day,” Webb said. “We've got eight teams so far signed up and if you're wanting to put a team together, you can sign up the morning of the tournament, but we would prefer they sign up beforehand so we have a better count for lunch and prepare for things like that. And if there is a team that wants to sign up, all they have to do is call the Chamber office at 620-624-3855.  With this being our first year doing this, we're really just getting started, so we're playing things somewhat by ear. Kris' goal is to turn this into a really big tournament within the next couple years. And we've got several sponsors for this year and we would love for people to come out and enjoy it and have enough fun to come back for next year.”

Gold sponsors for the tournament are Elite Motors, the Leader & Times, J&R Sand Company, Southwest Medical Center and Domino's, and the tournament’s platinum sponsors are Bank of Beaver City, Black Hills Energy, Chrysler Corner, DCP Midstream, Heartland Hope, National Beef, Seaboard Foods, Seward County Community College and Southern Office Supply. National Beef and Seaboard Foods will also be providing the meat for lunch that day, which will include hamburgers and pork burgers and all the fixings. Musgrave and Webb agreed, the tournament is also a great chance for some networking. 

“It's great advertising for those business since the golfers will see the signs and everything on the course, and it's a great way for people to meet,” Webb added. “This is also a fundraiser for the Chamber, so we'd appreciate any business who wants to participate. And as far as the fundraising side, we don't really have a goal, so as much money as we can raise will be great. And I'm sure shortly after this year's event is when we'll be talking about what we want to do for next year. And if spectators want to come out that day and see how everything transpires, they're more than welcome to do that, we'd love to see family and friends come out and supporting their golfers.”

“It's a great way to get the name of your business out there. If there are some non-Chamber members who would want to be a sponsor, that would be great and we would welcome them with open arms, because you don't have to be a Chamber member to be a sponsor or to compete,” Musgrave said. “So get ahold of the Chamber and we'll get you all set up. It should be a great time and everyone's invited. It's open to the public and everyone's welcome to come out.”

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