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Duffers and experts welcome at Golf Classic

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Featuring a shotgun start, door prizes and a steak dinner, the Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Golf Classic is not just for experienced golfers, event organizer Brian Hoover said.

"This is not a serious golf outing," he said. "I am absolutely the worst golfer in the world, but this is a fun way to start a three-day weekend.

"Not that we don't have some really good people play in this," he added. "But even if you are not a serious golfer, everyone has fun at this event."

The Golf Classic begins with registration at 11 a.m., then a shotgun start at noon on Sept. 26, at the Willow Run Golf Course, 1158 Hazelton-Etna Road SW, in Pataskala.

Fees are $80 per person or $300 for a four-person team. Included are greens fees, riding cart, special treats, a box lunch and a steak dinner when play concludes.

Chamber director Jude Hampshire said advance registration ends Sept. 19, although Hoover said there may also be some "same-day registration."

Advance registrations can be made by calling 614-866-4753.

"We won't turn anyone away who wants to golf on that day," Hoover said.

The event features a four-person scramble.

"Four golfers hit balls and whatever ball is deemed best, all four hit again from the best spot and go from there," Hoover said.

He said the box lunch is sponsored by Comfort Suites and made by Holly Hill Farms Meat Shoppe. Outback Steakhouse sponsors the steak dinner at the end of the day.

"We will also have prizes -- trophies for the winning team, along with prizes for the longest drive, men and women, and the longest putt, with men's and women's prizes," Hoover said. "Prizes are donated by local businesses. We also have drawings for door prizes, so everyone ends up winning something."

In the past, prizes have been anything from golf clubs to coolers to portable chairs.

Hampshire said patron and sponsorship opportunities are available. The patron fee is $375 to sponsor each team plus a hole, with the chance to display a logo on printed materials. Fees are $200 to sponsor a beverage cart or $100 to sponsor a hole or putting green, she said.

Hoover's company, Hoover Transportation Services Inc., along with local businesses Allegra, Sturgiss Janitorial and Heitmeyer Remodeling, all signed up as patrons this year, Hampshire said.

Hoover said the Golf Classic will happen "rain or shine."

"We only had to postpone it once," he said. "As long as the course is open and it is not storming, we will play through.

"It's a good-time atmosphere, with relaxed playing on a beautiful course," he said. "The food is always good and the company great. We hope to see a lot of people come out and have fun."

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