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Chamber of Commerce hosts golf and tennis tournaments

Tanya Richardson celebrates after sinking a putt during Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Duncan Park Friday. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

Tanya Richardson celebrates after sinking a putt during Natchez-Adams County Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament at Duncan Park Friday. (Sam Gause / The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Despite being two “competitive tournaments,” the Natchez Chamber of Commerce tennis and golf tournaments Friday took on a more friendly approach.

“This is a friendly competition,” chamber president Debbie Hudson said. “These aren’t ‘pro players’ or anything, they just want to come out and have a good time.”

And that is exactly what they did. Twenty golf teams and 15 tennis teams took the course and courts at Duncan Park to duke-it-out in spirited competition.

The tennis tournament got the morning started with singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches.

“We’ve been doing tennis for about three years now,” Hudson said. “It is just a nice mix to have.”

Shortly after, the heavy hitters teed off in the golf tournament.

However, the golfers faced some interesting obstacles during their 18-holes.

“One of the cool things about the chamber tournament is that we do some special stuff,” said Matthew Hall, director of the golf tournament. “Like on No. 3, it is a 5-iron only hole. So you play a 5-iron from tee to green. Then No. 11 is a driver only hole. And there are other things as well.”

One challenge was the eight-ball hole, where a group would play No. 2, then place a ball in one of four holes on the green, forcing the next team on No. 2 to shoot for that hole.

“That last hole wasn’t too much fun,” Roy Bonds said laughing after taking a shot at No. 2. “We had no idea where the pin was and it was like shooting in the dark, hoping to get close to one of them.”

Tanya Richardson, who played in the tournament, also had a chance at winning a truck before play even started.

“I was just hoping I wouldn’t mess up,” she said. “I was just glad to make contact with the ball.”

Richardson had a shot from 175 yards out, and if she made it, she won. However, her shot feel just short of the green.

As for the tournament, things heated up as four teams made a run for the title.

United Mississippi Bank, Anderson Group, State Farm and Supermarket Operations all finished at the top of the leaderboard, and were forced into a scorecard playoff.

UMB took the win after hole No. 1 was selected as the playoff hole. UMB recorded an eagle on the hole, barely edging Anderson Group.

Supermarket Operations took third and State Farm rounded things out in fourth.

“This was an awesome tournament where a lot of businesses showed support,” Hall said. “The quirky holes are different too, and Debbie and the chamber always pride themselves on this being the first scramble of the year.”