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45th Annual Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing

Yesterday Best Cigar Prices had the opportunity to spend the day outdoors on a beautiful golf course, on what may have been the nicest day of the summer. Over 140 local and regional golfers teed off at 11 a.m. on Thursday for the 45th Annual Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing held at the gorgeous Split Rock Resort Golf Club in Lake Harmony.

Because the event has been such a success over the years this year’s tournament sold out. “Due to the tremendous success of previous tournaments, this year’s event was full,” said Golf Committee Chairman and board member, Scott Koch.

Like the previous tournaments, hole sponsors conducted an on-course trade show, which made the tournament a lot of fun. Hole sponsors were able to set up displays, hand out information on their business, and have contests at their booth. Among the 18 hole sponsors was Best Cigar Prices. We spent the day at hole 14 handing out tasty cigars, BCP shirts, cigar cutters, coupons and other BCP merchandise.

M&T Bank team: John Schwear Jr., Paul Malone, Lee Glassberg & Adam Staffin
Bob Edgerton, Senior VP of Luzerne Bank, enjoying a BCP cigar

Corporate sponsors that actually played in the tournament included a variety of businesses and professionals throughout Northeast Pennsylvania. I got the chance to chat with several golfers throughout the day including Bob Edgerton, Senior Vice President of Luzerne Bank. “I’m here to support the chamber, meet people and have a good time,” said Edgerton. This is Edgerton’s first time participating in the tournament that has been going on for 45 years.

“The hospitality tents at each hole have been really great, making this a truly unique event,” said Edgerton.  “I loved how one booth was handing out long island iced teas, and of course, we loved the free cigars from Best Cigar Prices at hole 14!”

Hole sponsors at the tournament included: Adecco, Applebee’s, Best Cigar Prices, PNC Bank, WYLN TV 35, M&T Bank, Borton Lawson, Precision Design, North Central Digital Systems, Mountain City Nursing & Rehab, Hometown Nursing & Rehabilitation, Cross Valley Federal Credit Union, Arc Electric, Sand Springs Country Club, Pot of Gold, NTX Wireless, McCann School of Business & Technology, ChamberChoice/On Demand Energy and First National Bank.

Dinner and drinks followed the tournament along with an awards ceremony giving away trophies and prizes. The team from DBI Services won the Chamber’s Championship flight award and was comprised of the following players: Bob Gorski, Neal DeAngelo, III, John Hogan and Shawn Menon.

The Golf Outing was initiated in 1968 and is much more than just a golf event; it provides networking opportunities for members of the business community. The Golf Tournament also raises money that goes towards operations for the Hazleton Chamber of Commerce.

Ladies from the Adecco booth

“We are especially grateful to all our sponsors for their support, as they have provided support to help make our tournament a success and who support the Chamber in many ways throughout the year,” said Koch.

The Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that aims to enhance the quality of life in the Greater Hazleton Area through business development, economic, civic, cultural and educational programming. The Chamber intends on continuing this special event next year as it has been such a success over the years.

Best Cigar Prices plans on attending many more business functions in the future so be sure to check back with us for photos and coverage on upcoming events!