The clouds were ominous, but spirits were so high that nothing was going to put a damper on the 2014 Roaring 20th Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce held on Saturday, February 22.

Almost 100 golfers participated at Summerfield Crossings Golf Course in Riverview. Some of the mobsters, also known as players, wore knickers and tams while playing the course and drinking from Riverview Mortgage ‘Bootlegger’s’ beverage cart.

Tournament chair, Michael Beiter, with Preservation 1st Financial Group, LLC and co-chair Jennifer King with Rodan + Fields, along with the Chamber staff and golf committee, worked diligently to make sure the golfers had plenty to do. Director Tanya Doran said, “This golf tournament went so smoothly, it couldn’t have been done without this group of dedicated planners.”

There was plenty of pre-tournament excitement as the mobsters visited with  Model-Tee sponsors all along Al Capone Alley where they were able to register, pick up goodies, buy raffle tickets or purchase balls for the Bryan Hindman Electric “Ball Drop.” Bob Palombi of Organo Gold was serving up fresh-grilled hot dogs alongside chips and queso from Qdoba Mexican Grill, bags of chips from Magruder Insurance and fruit-filled crepes from Village Inn Restaurant. J Taylor and Pepin Distributing supplied other snacks and beverages.

The $10,000 Puttin’ on the Ritz putting contest was sponsored by Ed Morse Cadillac–Brandon, while the Magruder Insurance Agency sponsored a $20,000 Hole-in-One Contest.

This year’s winning team award went to the guys from P.F. Auto Glass. Pat Fore, Ron Hogg, John VanHorn and Jona Alei each received crisp $100 bills as well as prestigious bragging rights.

Dinner was provided by Doc’s Grill, full-service restaurant at the course and Jason Blanchard, president/general manager made the day an easy one for the Chamber. Two sheet cakes were provided by Costco for dessert. After bellies were more than full, Jennifer King, dressed in full Roaring 20’s flapper attire, distributed raffle prizes and conducted a “live” auction with prizes ranging from a state-of-the-art toilet from Riverview Plumbing to two fabulous gift baskets including $500 toward a cemetery plot from Serenity Meadows.

Beiter said, “The tournament was an amazing success for the Chamber and a special thank you to the volunteers from the Chamber, Riverview High School and the golf course for helping us to put on the ritz.”


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Suzy Wiesenhart
Suzy is one of the Advertising Representatives for the Riverview area. She started with the Osprey as an advertising assistant in 2008 and has various positions since then. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Riverview Chamber of Commerce. She has lived in Bloomingdale with her husband, Tom for the last 22 years.