Some balls fly – some even made it into the cup – at a sporting event that’s more about networking than it is about winning …
Story and photos by David F. Ashton
Members and guests of the East Portland Chamber of Commerce (EPCC) gathered for their annual golf outing – perhaps at Colwood National Golf Course, located in outer East Portland, for the last time.
With this golf course potentially being sold, and reportedly being split into a Portland City Park and an industrial area, the annual EPCC Golf Tourney will have to continue at another location, Chamber officers said.
Steve Renner of Gresham Ford, and Alice Gailey-Renner from Tigard High, team up with the tourney’s youngest player, 8th grader Victoria Gailey (who scored better than many of the adults in the tournament), and Richard Kiely of Home Run Graphics.
The skies clear, and once again, players enjoy a great day of golf at the Colwood National Golf Course.
East Portland Chamber of Commerce President Sarah Garrison, of Garrison Marketing Solutions, welcomes golfers back to the clubhouse.
“Again this year, we’re pleased to be back at the home of the EPCC Golf Tourney,” President Sarah Garrison said.
“This event allows the Chamber and its members to connect with the community, and to connect with other businesses,” Garrison continued. “This tournament is more about the social aspects of business. Here, people get to know one another at a different level.”
Lucas Hintz of Direct Placement posts the teams’ scores.
Golfers, and guests, serve themselves from the barbecue buffet.
“When people get to know each other better they do business with each other,” opined Garrison. “People don’t do business with strangers, they do business with people who they know, like, and trust. This event provides the opportunity for many people to come together, and build relationships.”
Again, golfers got off to a “shotgun scramble” start, in which teams of players are assigned to different links to start their play, and work their way around the course.
Participants settle in for lunch – and learn the identity of this year’s best team.
Sarah Garrison announces a lucky winner, and Tom Rich holds up the raffle item just won as the “raffle prize crew” looks on.
After returning to the clubhouse and reporting their scores, members of the 11 teams, and the guests who took the afternoon off to network, tucked into another great barbecue luncheon provided by Colwood’s catering staff. Hungry duffers dined on grilled hamburgers and/or chicken breasts, salads, and disserts.
2013 EPCC Golf Tourney
Richard Kiely receives a raffle prize from Lucas Hintz.
Woman’s Longest Drive is won by Elaine Von Wald, with Beemer, Smith, Munro & Co., LLP.
Mitch Watson wins Men’s Longest Drive.
Woman’s KP is presented to guest Vicki Mercer.
Attorney Jim Losk again takes the Men’s KP prize.
Again proving he can’t be beat on the putting green, Rich Sorem takes the money in the Adventist Health Putting Contest.
2nd Place Team award is won by Adventist Health sponsored high school students – Portland Adventist Academy seniors Jarrett Johnson and Ryan Halversen; and David Douglas High School junior Joseph Baker and senior Matt Stenhouse.
1st Place Team – and holders of the perpetual traveling trophy – The Lister-eens – Dominic Biggi of Beaverton Foods, Inc., Jim Pasero of Third Century Solutions, David Lister from Integrated Data Concepts Inc., and Dan Yates of Portland Spirit.
The EPCC hosts weekly “Good Morning East Portland” networking meetings – hosted by different Chamber committees and members, each Wednesday morning in various mid-County locations, from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Meetings are free and guests are welcome. Visit the East Portland News COMMUNITY CALENDAR to find the location of upcoming meetings and events the Chamber hosts.
Other Chamber activities include public affairs programs, educational seminars, ribbon-cuttings for new businesses, annual golf and bowling tournaments, social activities, and opportunities for members to give back to their community.
The Chamber also keeps members updated through a weekly newsletter and an interactive web site: CLICK HERE to visit it – or call the office at (503) 788-8589.
> On our Front Page, EPCC 2013 Golf Tourney players Elaine Von Wald, Matt Idler, of Karcher NA; Annette Idler, with Classique Floors pause of a photo.
© 2013 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News