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Chamber Golf Classic sees big gains for 2014


New leadership, new partner give major boost to annual LO event

When Connor Miller was named director of the Lake Oswego Chamber Golf Classic, he "wanted to raise this event to a higher level by making it more fun while making more money.”

“I wanted to jump in and double or triple the amount we give to charity,” Miller said.

Looks like he just might reach that goal.

Big-name golfers Peter Jacobson and Brian Henniger will play key roles at this year's tournament, which tees off July 21 at Oswego Lake Country Club. There'll be more contests, lots of prizes and a nationally known charity partner that's already generating a lot of interest.

“We’re going to have 128 golfers,” said John DeCosta, a member of the tournament planning committee. “Auction items are still being received. This is going to be the largest golf tournament that the Chamber has ever done.”

One of the keys to improving the tournament was making the nationally known charity Friends of the Children the beneficiary of this year’s proceeds.

“Joining with Friends of the Children greatly expands our tournament and fundraising,” DeCosta said. “Mark Young (CEO of Friends of the Children) is excited to be working with the Chamber of Commerce.”

The involvement of Friends of the Children convinced Henniger, one of the nation’s finest senior golfers, to get on board. The Wilsonville resident has contributed $700,000 to various charities through his foundation.

“Brian is a big charity supporter,” DeCosta said. “He’s going to be everywhere at our tournament, teaching golf and signing autographs.”

Jacobson, the winner of seven PGA events, two Champions Tour events and a commentator for the Golf Channel, will appear via satellite and greet all tournament supporters. Adding to the fun will be the many prizes available, such as Jones Golf Bags, swag bags, cell phone chargers, golf balls and more. There will also be more contests than ever before, including a putting competition.

“We worked our tails off,” Miller said.

Property Tax Analysts is the sponsor of this year’s event. Other members of the tournament committee are Vic Keeler, Sean Minogue, Bruce Mullen, John Hanan II, Charley Forsyth, Mark Birge, Sue Ann Bearden and Thomas Clouthier.

All that's needed now is for the final slots in the tournament field to be filled, and Miller said there are also opportunities to get involved with other aspects of the event. For more information, call 503-636-3634.