Plenty to play at chamber golf/tennis tourney

Published 12:01am Monday, March 31, 2014

NATCHEZ — The 21st annual Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce Golf/Tennis Tournament will tee off April 11 with opportunities to win a 2014 Chevy Impala, 2015 GMC Yukon and a vacation for four at the Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa in Lajitas, Texas.

Golfers will get their opportunity to sink an Impala-winning hole-in-one on the 13th hole. The men will shoot from 165 yards, and the women will attempt a 150-yard shot, chairman Stuart Heflin said.

“Every participant will have an opportunity at that,” Heflin said. “They require two witnesses, one at the tee box and one at the hole.”

Golfers attempting to win the 2015 Yukon, which is valued at approximately $50,000, will have to win a drawing. Two lucky winners of the drawing will get the chance to sink a 175-foot shot on the second hole.

“Hole No. 2 comes into the backside of the clubhouse, so what we’ll actually do is draw and have them do it before the tournament begins,” Heflin said. “They’ll get one shot at the flag. If it rolls in, (the Yukon) is theirs.”

The other three Par-3 holes present prize-winning opportunities as well. Participants may win a deep-blade iron or wedge or golf driver, and a vacation for four at the Lajitas Golf Resort and Spa can be won with a hole in one on the sixth hole.

Along with those prize-winning opportunities, a helicopter ball drop will take place. For a chance of winning half of the money raised to play, participants can purchase golf ball drop tickets for $20. Each ball will be numbered, and the ball dropped closest to the hole will win half of the pot.

“Something new we’re doing this year is that you can buy six tickets for $100,” Heflin said. “We’re going to do that at 6:30 p.m. during our afterhours.”

Tate Hobdy, who’s overseeing the tennis tournament at the event, said players will be able to clock their serves using a radar gun again since people enjoyed it so much last year.

The tennis mixed doubles and women’s doubles will feature two sets and a 10-point tiebreaker.

Participants can sign up to play in the 18-hole golf tournament for $100.

For a sponsorship sign at one of the holes, a sponsor can pay $125.

Those who want a sponsor for a corporate team of four players can signup for $500. For $600, a team of four can play with a banner sponsorship. If an individual wants to play with a banner sponsorship, they can play for $300.

To enter the mixed doubles or women’s doubles tennis tournament, an individual can pay $30.

Those interested may signup by calling 601-445-4611 or emailing natchezadamscountychamber@gmail.com.