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Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
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Dittmar: Time to sign up for Chamber Cup


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Four times last week, when I made some customer service calls to some of our members, I was told I needed to call another time. The person I needed to talk to had taken the day off to play golf.

I wasn’t surprised that two of the members were CPAs who had taken Wednesday off after more than three months of tax hell. The other two were just taking advantage of our chamber of commerce weather to enjoy their favorite pastime.

And while we can play golf year-round here, I think we get a stronger itch to play in the spring, which is why the chamber hosts its annual golf tournament in May.

Yes, it’s time for the fourth annual SCC Chamber Cup four-person scramble May 9 at the Apollo Beach Golf Club. The tournament is open to anyone and will benefit the chamber.

Who wouldn’t want to win the coveted navy blue blazer? And trophies?

Actually, the entire foursome wins a jacket and gets ownership of the cup for a year, plus individual trophies to keep. There are lots of gifts in the goodie bags and plenty of prizes to win.

If you’re a business owner, now is when you get three of your best customers and reward them for their patronage by giving them a day of golf. If you’ve got great employees, let them put on their company shirts and show off to all the other players.

My days of playing golf are long over. My college coach saw to that when he told me I just really wasn’t any good. His motto was, “How far the drive it matters not, if you ‘screweth’ up the second shot.” He saved me years of grief and lots of money.

But I’ll be the one of the beer and beverage bunnies on the front nine with First Light Home Care, and Palm Garden skilled nursing facility will make sure those on the back nine are given their choice of libations. Any and all tips will go to Wounded Warriors.

Manatee Healthcare Systems is providing a scrumptious omelet station so you can custom create your own breakfast; the Ruskin Methodist Church Youth Group is doing lunch. And the putting contest is being sponsored by ServiceMaster 24 Hour. Many other businesses are sponsoring holes.

We’ll have all sorts of prizes, including $15,000 cash if you make a hole-in-one on the eighth hole sponsored by Ed Morse Cadillac Brandon. Other prizes, including for closest to the hole, closest to the alligator and longest drive, include a trip, TVs, gift cards and more. If putting is your specialty, we’ll have a contest just for that. I might have to enter that one. I’m pretty good at getting the ball through the clown’s mouth.

Entry is $60 per person or $200 for a foursome, and that includes breakfast, lunch, goodie bags and chances to win door prizes.

If you’d like to play in the tournament, please come by the chamber or call us at (813) 634-5111 to register. Come on out and have some fun. You just might be riding home $15,000 richer, wearing “The Jacket” and showing off your trophy to the neighbors!

Dana Dittmar is CEO of the Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce.

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