The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will hold its 16th annual Classic at Baywood Greens on Aug. 19, offering golfers the opportunity to enjoy what is widely considered one of the area’s most beautiful public courses, while also supporting a charitable cause.
This year, the tournament, which is usually a fundraiser for the Chamber’s scholarship fund, will instead be raising money to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower injured military veterans.
“We just decided that, other than our scholarship fund, it would be nice to give it to an organization,” explained Amy Simmons, the Chamber’s executive director. “We have such a large retired service community here — we have the VFWs, American Legions — we just thought this would be something we could give back to them and draw people into the event.”
Those interested in participating in the tournament must register by Aug. 11. The cost is $500 for a team of four or $125 for an individual. Entry fees include greens fees, golf cart, breakfast sandwich, beverage and snack cart, and more. And solo golfers need not worry about a lack of company on the course.
“We will help people find a foursome,” said Simmons. “All are welcome.”
Simmons said that, last year, 68 golfers participated in the tournament, and she hopes more will join in this year.
“Naturally, people love to play at Baywood; it’s a beautiful golf course. A lot of our people are repeat players from over the years. Some of them have been coming since the tournament’s inception.”
The day of the event, registration will open at 8 a.m., with the putting contest beginning at 9 a.m., and a shotgun start at 10 a.m. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the tournament for various contests and top scorers.
“We’ll have a putting contest in the morning, with prizes for men and women’s longest drive, closest to the pin, and then third-place gross, second-place gross and first-place gross — the teams with the lowest scores.”
Simmons added that those who wish to register for the event do not have to have a handicap. Those who live 50 miles or more outside of the state are also eligible for a free night’s stay the night before or night of the tournament.
“They can either stay Aug. 18 or 19, and we will pay for a room for them,” Simmons explained. “We’ve partnered with Atlantic Inn for that.”
Following the tournament, participants will be fed a catered barbecue dinner.
“Everyone always says that’s really good food,” noted Simmons.
Currently, the Chamber is still looking for sponsors for the event, as they hope to raise a lot of money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
Simmons said she hopes area residents and visitors will participate in the fun tournament and support a worthy cause.
“I hope that we fill our spots and that it’s a nice day, and I hope everybody has a good time.”
For more information or to register, contact the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce at (302) 934-6777 or via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications may also be found online, at www.millsborochamber.com/sites/default/files/2014%20Golf%20Outing%20pg1.....