Chamber scores good times at golf tourney

See what happened when 70 folks from the East Portland Chamber of Commerce drove, chipped, and putted their way around the golf course, as they networked …

Chamber president, Rich Sorem, presents the trophy bowl to the winners of the 2008 East Portland Chamber of Commerce Golf Tourney, “Team Gresham Ford” members Bob Avila and David Shepherd. Team members Gabe Godwin and Ian Heffeneider were not available for the photo.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
The 2008 East Portland Chamber of Commerce Golf Tourney is now in the history books – and it appeared as if all of those who participated came out winners.

The weather was perfect for a fine round of golf at the Colwood National Golf Course in outer East Portland, located at the southern edge of Portland International Airport.

Here, showing off the brand new Mustang offered in the “Hole-in-One” contest sponsored by Richard Kiely’s Home Run Graphics, are Gail Kiely of Home Run Graphics and Ginny Sorem.

On the course, players of all skill ranges drove, chipped – and some even pitched – the ball around the course. The spirit of fellowship seemed to be more important than the competition.

Sadly, no golfer made a hole-in-one in the contest sponsored by Home Run Graphics, but every player tried their best to drive home the brand new, red Mustang put up by Richard Kiely as a prize in the event someone did.

After the tournament, participants tuck into a hamburger lunch buffet at the clubhouse.

Fun continues after play
After the duffers returned from the links, they were served a buffet luncheon. At the same time, participants bid on a wide range of silent-auction items, ranging from “sports legends” posters to GPS systems.

And, thanks to the help of the Chamber volunteers who set up and ran the tournament and the after-party, – the raffle awards were made at a lighting-fast pace! These volunteers includedc Pam Olson, Holly Moss, David

Ashton, Richard Kiely, Margo Marver, Bob Rubin, JoLynn Walker, Kate Kaufman, Norm Rice, Tom Rich, Max Corona, Vicki Moser and Judy Leach.

Over 70 golfers, lots of volunteers, and good food and drinks made for a memorable day for all who came out to Colwood for the benefit event.

Tournament Photo Album

On the course, we greet the “NW Senior and Boomer News” team of Ray Padilla, Bob Buhrer, Clark Seeley, and Frank Ryan.

This group of happy golfers included Michael Sullivan of Capital M Lending, Dan LaGrande of LeGrande Public Relations, as well as Andre LaGrande, and Priscilla Hulin of “ATripTo.Com”.

The team of Casey Ryan, Dana Kelly, and Kirk Jenson from Riverview Community Bank are on the links, running a “Green for Green” contest – which supported Snow Cap Charities to the tune of $531.

Annette Leoni of Classique Floors (“The best little floor store in town”) addresses the ball, and sends it flying toward the pin.

Kevin (“not your ordinary bean counter”) Minkoff drives one down the fairway.

Steven Anderson of 1st Class Properties, Greg Langford of Home Team Inspection Services, Tom Kerr of Kerr Properties Inc., and Norm Rice, Realtor with 1st Class Properties, were all having a great round of golf.

Pam Olson of Farmer’s Insurance, and Ken Turner, EPCC Government Affairs Chair, work to total up the golf scores.

More than 70 golfers participated in the event – and then enjoyed lunch!

Cathy Grubb, the Chamber’s executive secretary, takes a break for lunch from a helping produce the tournament to grab some well-deserved lunch.

Coming in at second place: The team of Rich Sorem, Kevin Minkoff, Skip Hayzlett, and Elliott West.

Third-place winners: Roger Stopa, Chuck Garner, Lauren Hill, and Jiles Ogles – last years first-place awardees.

Thanks to the sponsors
The Chamber thanks major sponsors Adventist Medical Center, Home Run Graphics, and Warren Allen LLP; and sponsors Riverview Community Bank, NW Senior & Boomer News, Portland Tribune, Ricoh Business Solutions, Eastport Plaza, and Stewart & Tunno Integrated Data Systems.

© 2008 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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