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Escondido Chamber calls tourney ‘huge success’

Tournament players with Chamber Flag, from left: Larry Coyle, Joe Coyle, Wehay Quisquis, and Rich Talmo.

For the first time since mid-March when the Escondido Chamber of Commerce held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Swami’s Café, they held their first in-person event on Monday, November 2. 

The 22nd Annual Chamber Challenge Golf Tournament teed off bright and early at Woods Valley Golf Course, and it was long overdue. You could tell from the attendance and myriad of sponsors that people were eager to get out and experience interacting with others. All attendees made sure to adhere to County measures of social distancing and the wearing of masks.

They were blessed with some serious Chamber of Commerce weather, and despite the ongoing pandemic they had an exceptional turnout that helped raise funds for the Escondido Chamber of Commerce’s Rising Stars Scholarship program. This platform recognizes a student from all seven high schools in Escondido each month as a Rising Star Scholar. At the end of the year all winning students can apply for a scholarship. Those students are then reviewed and two from each school are chosen to receive $1,000 scholarships towards college.

Making it fun for the golfers were the great raffle prizes such as big screen TV’s, custom hand-blown glass tumblers, and of course golf clubs. Now you can’t have a successful, or fun, golf event without some decent food and drink, and Cutwater Spirits, Jersey Mike’s, and the Lost Abbey & Port Brewing stepped up to provide the tasty sandwiches and libations.

The Chamber also honored groups of heroes from the Marines, Escondido Police Department, and Palomar Medical Center with free golf for the day that was covered by CEMEX, Cheryl Engdahl from Covington & Associates, and Gus Cervantes & the ITS team.

Finally, the day would not have been possible without the support of all the incredibly generous sponsors. Stepping up in that role was Erickson Hall Construction Co., Escondido Disposal Inc., Southern Contracting, Integral Communities, Lusardi Construction, Harvest Hills, North County Auctions, Kay Bates Realty, Resicom, Balfour Beatty, Neighborhood Healthcare, AT&T, ALIVE Solar, Constance J. Larsen, The Cynthia & George Weir Family Foundation, The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing, Jersey Mikes, and the San Pasqual Economic Development Corporation. 

Tremendous support was also shown from the Tee & Hole Sponsors: Aelott Air Conditioning, Milo Johnson Autobody, Best Choice Home Remodeling, Frontwave Credit Union, Citracado Dental, CertaPro, Howes, Weiler, & Landy, Talk of the Town Carwash, Sign Post Studio, Workplace Services, Valley Center Print Shop, West Escondido Automotive & Transmission, Dr. Daniel Flores Orthodontics, Tina Inscoe for City Council, Landmark Consulting, Kevin S. Svetich, CLU, Vanderspek Howerzyl CPAs, and Golf Carts & More.

The Escondido Chamber will host their 23rd Annual golf tournament at The Vineyard at Escondido in the spring, and they hope to see you out there!

Photos courtesy David Zumaya

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