Photo courtesy of Mount Anthony Country Club
Vermont Business Magazine The Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their inaugural golf tournament, the B2B Golf Classic, on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at the Mount Anthony Country Club in Bennington, Vermont.
The Chamber of Commerce invites the public and business leaders to enjoy an afternoon of golf and networking while enjoying the fresh Vermont fall air. The event serves as a delightful day out of the office and an opportunity to network with local business people in a beautiful, relaxed setting. Additionally, the event serves as a fundraiser for the chamber of commerce.
“We’ve all been hit hard by the COVID pandemic, including this chamber.” comments Matt Harrington, executive director of the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce. “We’ve been focusing on how we can come alongside our members and larger business community throughout Southwestern Vermont during this time of need. Unfortunately, we too have had to deal with our own set backs including loss of revenue from not having festivals, fewer advertisers, and grants being redirected to assist in the pandemic. We have had a golf tournament in mind for a couple of years now; believe it or not this chamber may be one of the few that hasn’t done a golf tournament! The COVID pandemic, moratorium on festivals that generate revenue and having golf be one of the few safe events we can host, now was the time to create the B2B Golf Classic.”
The B2B Golf Classic (or Business To Business Golf Classic) will be 18 holes of golf played at the majestic Mount Anthony Country Club with a 10 am registration time and 11 am tee time start. Participants will enjoy eighteen holes with carts, a golfers’ gift, lunch in the clubhouse or on the go and a fun after hours networking mixer with Hors D’ Oeuvres. Contests include Hole-in One with a $10,000 prize provided by The Richards Group, as well as Longest Drive, and Closest To The Pin contests running throughout the day. Additionally, mulligans will be available for purchase, as well as a raffle with prizes. We thank prize sponsors: Church Street Hospitality, couch + cork, and Vermont Confectionery.
Up for grabs for teams in the B2B Classic - the coveted B2B Cup - a die cast with nickel plated trophy on a wooden base provided by Tomasi’s Sports and Awards. Harrington adds, “We think this will create some of the fun from tournament to tournament! Each season we have the B2B Classic a new team will win the coveted B2B Cup and with that each team player will have their names on a plaque on the Cup. The next season, if a new team wins, the Cup gets passed along to that team with their names going on the cup. Just some fun, friendly competition and a few new traditions.” The winning team will also receive a 4-player pack to Mount Anthony Country Club donated by the Club.
“We really couldn't do this without our current sponsors,” Harrington comments. “That includes a big thank you to Matt Willey and Ramuntos, The Buck Stop and The Avocado Pit coming in as our Presenting Sponsor. Additionally, thank you to The Bennington Banner as our official Media Sponsor, The Bank of Bennington as our Par Sponsor, The Inn at Manchester as our Hospitality Sponsor, Hoffman Real Estate as our Putting Green Sponsor. Current Tee Sponsors include: Uncle Bob’s Septic, People’s Bank, Four Chimneys Inn, Shires Young Professionals, GSS Fire Extinguisher, Senator Brian Campion, Henry’s Market, WT Martin, GVH Studio, Complete Bookkeeping (Vicki Dejnozka), couch + cork, and White Rocks Design. It should also be noted that the Mount Anthony Country Club has donated lunch, waived fees and provided graphic design assistance for the event and we are beyond thankful for their help with our first tournament!”
Sponsorship and branding opportunities still exist and can be found at: www.SWVTChamber.com/Golf
COVID guidelines and policies will be followed at the event including proper personal protective equipment like face masks being worn, sanitizing stations will be set up throughout the tournament, and social distancing is encouraged. “We trust our Country Club and our business players to do what is necessary to be safe. We did a really good job at Garlic Town; we expect the same level of detail, safety and watching out for one another at this tournament too.” Harrington comments.
The cost to enter a team is $500 or $125 per player. All proceeds go to the chamber of commerce as a fundraiser for future program and business development. Included in the ticket are golf carts, lunch, after hours food, welcome bag and gift, as well as 18 holes of golf in beautiful Vermont. To learn more or enter a team visit www.SWVTChamber.com/Golf
The Chamber’s B2B Golf Classic Committee is made up of chamber staff members Matt Harrington, Erika Floriani and Mikaela Lewis, as well Board Directors Matt Willey, Maru Leon Griffin, and William Deveneau.