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Chamber continues nearly 20-year tradition with golf tournament
Golf Tourney pic
Local State Farm agent and chairman of the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce board Carla Boutin putts toward the hole, while husband Charles marks the spot. - photo by David Renner Dawson Community News

19th annual Golf Classic winners

First place gross: SleeveCo - Greg Bangs, James Johnson, Mike Kelly, Tony Bruno

Second place gross: Northside Hospital Forsyth - Heath Galbraith, Scott Grest, Shane Galbraith, Shannon Galbraith

First place net: Foley Products-- Chris Ledford, Ricky Bennett, Mike Stewart, Nathan Stewart

Second place net: Control Concepts: Jeff Morrison, Damon Gibbs, Scott Morgan, Rob Blain

Closest to the pin: Jim Lemley

Longest drive: Tyler Goodwin


Golfers from Dawson and its neighboring counties took advantage of the weather Monday to support local business.

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce held its 19th annual Golf Classic Monday at Chestatee Golf Club.

"The turnout was great this year," said Chamber of Commerce President Christie Haynes. "We are very excited. It's nice to see some new faces, as well as people that have played with us for all 19 years."

This year, 16 teams with four players to a team came out to compete against each other.

"There were some fierce competitors this year," Haynes said. "It is such a joy to host an event during which local business leaders network and enjoy one of our beautiful local courses."

On top of the usual holes, the chamber sets up special event holes each year.

"We have our usual putting contest this year - which I would say is pretty challenging," Haynes said. "We also have our ‘dress-in-drag' hole again, where guys can dress up and start from the ladies' tee and our longest drive."

New to the tournament this year was the "Golf with a Pro" hole.

"This is our new one this year," Haynes said. "At the hole, you can pay to have one of the professional golfers from Chestatee swing and you take his drive instead of yours."

The chamber hosts the tournament each year to raise continued support for the programs they offer to members, businesses and the local community.

"We were thrilled with our 19th Annual Golf Classic, Haynes said. "We want to thank our sponsors, volunteers, participants and Chestatee Golf Club for making the day such a success."

The amount of money raised was not available as of press time.