The Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce held its 28th annual Oak Tree Golf Classic at TPC Valencia on Monday.
“This year, we exceeded all attendee expectations with the largest attendance in three years,” said Terri Crain, president and CEO of the chamber.
The fundraising events are used to keep the chamber’s door open to members, Crain said.
“This year’s event was the highest grossing event in many years,” she said.
Proceeds go back into many of the nonprofit business organization’s educational and outreach programs, said Chris Angelo, chairman of the board for the chamber.
First-place-gross tournament winners were Casey Kirkman, John Geraci, Rich Contreras and Frank Quinn with 19-under par and a score of 53.
Coming in second place, also with a score of 53, were Jeff Hacker, John Heys, Laine Hedwall and Don Hinson.
Troy Mullins had the longest drive, and Tony Watson came closest to the hole at hole no. 4.
The chamber had hoped to increase the number of golfers playing this year to 120, from the 116 that played in last year’s tournament.
“We actually had 132 golfers,” Crain said. “the event, in my humble opinion, was a huge success.”
The event also attracted 18 sponsors who posted signs at the tees of the 18-hole course promoting their business, services or products. Many companies offered golfers refreshments along the course.
In addition to a day of golf, golfers received breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Items were also auctioned off during the fundraising event, including a Princess Cruises trip, a pair of Laker tickets and two separate nights at Dodger baseball games behind home plate.
But the biggest bidding action was waged for a one-year membership at Valencia Country Club.
Former Chamber Board Chair Terry Martin, of Martin & Coy, CPAs and Shawn Fonder, vice president client and program services of Lundgren Management were engaged in a bidding war, Crain said.
“it went for $2,500 to Shawn Fonder, but with a surprise twist — we had actually two memberships to auction, so both gentlemen walked away winners,” she said.
The golf course tends to break down barriers with other business members, and trading services also helps to start building relationships, Angelo said prior to the event.
It’s a good opportunity for chamber members to spark up conversations on the golf course, he said.
The chamber holds two other fundraising events each year, the installation banquet and the Health and Wellness Expo.