Ryder Federal Credit Union

Cold temperatures and fast winds can’t stop dedicated golfers, a fact proven true Monday at Golden Hills Golf & Country Club. At the North Lake Construction Ryder Cup of Lexington presented by Comporium, 72 players took to the greens, grateful for sunny skies and a chance to start the work week playing golf.

“We went through a record number of Chick-fil-A sandwiches, so we know our Ryder Cup tournament is getting more popular, ” said Sondra Gettys, the Chamber’s sponsorship and events manager. “The players were impressed by the Titleist Pro V1 golf balls North Lake Construction donated, and the Fireball Cinnamon Whisky kept everybody warm.”

The tournament was presented like the Ryder Cup, with 36 two-man teams playing nine holes Captain’s Choice and nine holes Best Ball. The teams were divided into 18 blue teams and 18 red teams. The blue team won, and received sturdy camp chairs for prizes.

Top scorers were Brandon Ashley, Jeff Burkett, Glenn Martin, Jerry Smith, and Chris Winkler. Ashley won the longest drive with a marshmallow, and won a gift basket of snacks and a large bottle of Crown Royal, courtesy of RP Realty. Glenn Martin and J.R. Dinkins won golf bags donated by Lesesne Industries.

This was the third year for the tournament. Traditions already are forming, especially at the sponsored holes. GMM Insurance served their famous margaritas and Doubletree by Hilton served their famous Bloody Marys.

“We’ll have some very exciting additions next year, ” Gettys said. “At the real Ryder Cup, there’s a dinner the night before the tournament. We’re planning that now.”

The Chamber thanks Eagle Sponsors Amazon Fulfillment, Lange Moving Systems, Lexington Medical Center and Michelin; Birdie Sponsors Liberty Mutual Insurance Chris DeSanty, and MCEC; Lunch Sponsors Chick-fil-A and Security Federal Bank, Awards Sponsor AllSouth Federal Credit Union; Beverage Cart Sponsors Abberly Village and Southeastern Insurance Company; and Hole/Tee Sponsors AdvantaClean, Comaxiam IT Solutions, RP Realty, Brand Mortgage, SAFE Federal Credit Union, Candy Bouquet, Absolute Glass, GMM Insurance, Spinners Resort & Marina, Lesesne Industries, LICS, DoubleTree by Hilton, Advanced Disposal, and Food Service Inc.

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