Oct 7, 2017
Above: Journal photo by Craig Bartoldson – Members of the winning team in the inaugural Tournament of Champions golf tournament include Allen Kees, David Langford, Terry Mumaw, and Peter Warren. The foursome, playing for the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, shot a round of 55.
HEDGESVILLE — Months of anticipation culminated with the Tournament of Champions golf tournament naming the overall winner Friday afternoon at The Woods.
In the inaugural event, the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce walked away the big winners with Allen Kees, Terry Mumaw, Peter Warren and David Langford of United Bank earning the top prize with a round of 55.
With the win, the Chamber earned $2,000 to benefit the organization.
“We’re definitely excited, but more excited for the Martinsburg Chamber of Commerce because they’re the winners of the main prize, the money. They’re able to use this money wisely and use it for our small-business community. That’s what we’re excited about,” Langford said. “It’s just nice The Woods Resort put on this event this year, the inaugural event. It’s always nice to win the first one. They put on a great, spectacular event. It was nice and perfect weather, too.”
The Woods golf pro Ron Springer was excited how the first event went, thought he said some of the golfers were nervous early on in the day.
“It went excellent. Everybody was excited, a little nervous at first, but once they got going, everything went really smooth,” he said. “At first, they were kind of nervous because there’s a lot on the line, but after they got out there and started hitting the ball a little bit, you could see them start loosening up and having a good time.”
Even the winning team fought back the nerves when they first hit the course.
“We were definitely nervous. The whole group was nervous. Birdieing the first hole set the tone. Started on a par-3, but birdieing the first one always makes it easy,” Langford said.
The Tournament of Champions pitted the winning teams from nine tournaments over the past couple months against each other for the chance to win more funds for the organization they represented.
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