Florence Chamber sponsors Spring Golf Classic

By: Andrew Boardwine, Morning News

FLORENCE, S.C. — Business people from around the Pee Dee gathered at the Traces Golf Club in Florence on Thursday afternoon for a round of golf, networking opportunities and fun.

A total of 21 teams made up of business leaders and employees competed in the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce Spring Golf Classic, presented by Raldex Hospitality.

The tournament is one of two golf classics the chamber hosts each year; the second will be in October. Florence businesses entered teams of four to compete in the tournament for the chance to take home some hardware.

 While there was a competition, Chamber President Mike Miller said the event is an even better opportunity for local business owners to connect with one another.

“This event is rather special because the local business leaders get together, have some fun and play some golf,” Miller said. “It couldn’t be a more perfect day; it’s really a ‘Chamber of Commerce’ weather type of day. It’s a great way to mingle with business friends and have a good time.”

The day began with a lunch catered by Pee Dee Food Service before a shotgun start at noon. Teams were able to play the Meadow and Creekside courses with six “prize holes” for several different skills, including longest drive, closest to the pin and a Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing Inc. hole-in-one challenge on the seventh hole of the Meadows course.

Miller said the golf classic wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Raldex, which was the presenter of the tournament. The company provided a “hospitality hole” at the Creekside course, which allowed golfers to stop and pick up free souvenirs, drinks and freshly grilled wings with a secret sauce.

In addition to Raldex, several vendors including the chamber, Florence RedWolves baseball, M2 Marketing & Promotions, ServiceMaster Fire & Water Restoration, WebsterRogers and Young Professionals of Florence sponsored hospitality holes.

Miller said seeing the businesses come together makes this one of his favorite chamber events.

“This is what it’s all about, having fun and people getting together” Miller said.

When the final tally was complete, Hodge Ethridge Agency came away with the tournament win and South State Bank finished second.

Pepsi was the beverage sponsor and Dilmar Oil Company was the birdie sponsor of the event.

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