Registration opens for Wiggins Memorial

Published 10:29 am Tuesday, March 17, 2009

AHOSKIE – Five years later and still going strong.

As one of the first major golf outings of the year in the Roanoke-Chowan area, the Arthur Lee Wiggins Memorial Golf Tournament is fast becoming one of the more popular events. That popularity means the time is now to sign-up for this April tournament.

The fifth annual Wiggins Memorial, named in honor of the longtime Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce Director, is set for a 1 p.m. shotgun start on Friday, April 10 at Tuscarora Greens Golf Club, located off River Road near Winton.

The entry fee is $250 per four-person team, which includes one mulligan and one tee buster per player. The field is limited to the first 24 teams. Judging on how fast the field filled last year, it’s advisable not to wait to register. Registration ends March 30 or sooner once the field is full.

Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place (gross and net scores). That ceremony will come during an awards dinner following the 18-hole competition.

The tournament also features putting and longest drive contests.

This fundraising event is not just limited to those who love to play golf. Businesses and/or individuals looking to contribute to the Ahoskie Chamber can sponsor a hole on the course. Hole sponsorships range from $25 to $50. The name of the sponsors will be placed on signs and prominently displayed on the course. This is a great way to let the golfers know that you support the Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce.

Additionally, sponsors can contribute door prizes as well as novelty items (golf balls, golf tees, key chains, pens, magnets, etc.) to use in the golfer gift bags.

Sponsors are urged to contact the Ahoskie Chamber at 332-2042 as soon as possible. They can also mail their donations and the information they want included on the sign to the Ahoskie Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 7, Ahoskie, NC, 27910.

Golfers are reminded to come hungry. Prior to the 1 p.m. start, a make your own sandwich buffet lunch will be provided by the Chamber’s Women’s Division. At the completion of the 18 holes, a catered dinner will be served at the clubhouse. There, the winners of a raffle will be announced as well as the top teams from the tournament. Members of the winning teams will have the names of their players engraved on a plaque housed at the Chamber office in Ahoskie.

Golf participants can mail the names of their foursomes (complete with addresses and handicaps) to the aforementioned address. If the foursome has an official sponsor, the sponsor’s name, address and phone number are also required.

Call the Chamber office at 332-2042 to donate an item or to obtain any additional information.

Revenue generated by the tournament will assist the chamber in its continuing effort to better serve its members and to encourage the economic growth of the community.