City golf tourney enjoys record turnout

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lowcountry Digs employee Andy Balao of Summerville chips a golf ball into the air moments before it lands in the hole at Crowfield during Goose Creek’s third annual economic development tournament. STEFAN ROGENMOSER/GAZETTE


Close to 100 golfers made Friday’s Economic Development Golf Tournament the most successful yet in the event’s three-year history.
The annual tournament is geared at getting business leaders together to talk shop, enjoy a cool beverage and play the game they love.
Crowfield Golf and Country Club Head Professional Rob Brock brought refreshments to golfers in a limo golf cart that had portable coolers strapped down to some of its many seats. Meanwhile, Goose Creek Planning Director Sarah Hanson drove a specially equipped golf cart with built-in industrial coolers stocked with ice, bottled water and beverages.
Hanson said this makes her the most popular person on the course. This is her second year managing the beverage cart.
A cool breeze kept temperatures bearable for the first few hours. It was the antithesis of the week before, when heavy rains caused the tournament to be rescheduled.
“It’s nice to get this big of a turnout,” Brock said, adding it was the biggest turnout yet. “It’s good for people to mingle.”
The tournament lasted about four hours as golfers played a captain’s choice game, meaning players on each team teed off. Wherever the best shot from the team landed is where the rest of the team took their successive shots from on the fairway and putting green.
Public officials made their fair share of appearances. Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler and Mayor Pro-Tem Kimo Esarey were present during opening remarks as the golf carts lined up, but they did not appear to participate in the tournament.
However, fellow Goose Creek City Councilmember Jerry Tekac golfed while riding in a red Ohio State University “Buckeyes” themed cart.
Berkeley County Councilmember Caldwell Pinckney was another elected official participating.
Goose Creek Assistant City Administrator Jeff Molinari and city Recreation Director Gary Stuber were on a team as were Berkeley County School District Superintendent Rodney Thompson and BCSD Athletic Director Charlie Davis.
The Quality Beverage team finished in first place, Santee Cooper in second and Coach’s Best Buy Motors in third. Google’s Team 4 finished in last place.
The Closest to the Pin contest winners were Robert O’Steen of Google, C.J. King of Cheerwine, Terry Hughes of Berkeley County Water and Sanitation and Chris Williams of Quality Beverage.

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