Scott McAdam Jr, pictured here on the far left, hit a hole-in-one on the 12th hole of Gleneagle's Red Course.

A hole-in-one, beautiful weather and a sold-out event! 

Congratulations to the volunteers, sponsors and golfers who together made this year’s golf outing at Gleneagles Country Club in Lemont a huge success!  This was the third year that the chambers of Oak Park – River Forest and Forest Park joined forces to present a single outing to the business community.  The result is collaborative, fun event that each year grows in popularity and impact.

The big news: Scott McAdam Jr. of McAdam Landscaping hit a hole in one on the twelfth hole of Gleneagles’ Red Course. The excitement was palpable – everyone loves being a part of something so extraordinary!  Scott’s hole-in-one prize is a five-day Carnival Cruise courtesy of Currie Motors in Forest Park. Congrats and bon voyage!

By the numbers, this year’s event was our most successful.  Fifteen event sponsors, thirty on-course hole and game sponsors, over forty raffle and auction donors, ten goody bag contributors, thirty plus volunteers and, most importantly, a full house of 144 golfers.  We appreciate all of you. 

Golf outings are hard work, with a committee simultaneously pursuing sponsors, prizes and golfers while managing logistics – food, carts, games, registration, volunteers.  Fortunately, Ed Gutierrez from Rush Oak Park Hospital led a team of about a dozen committed Chamber members.  We owe them a debt of gratitude and thank Ed for his leadership.

Nevertheless, no matter how hard the committee works, how many golfers and sponsors participate, or how terrific the on-course Kinslahger pilsners are, success depends on Mother Nature.  And Mother Nature smiled on us this year, offering a beautiful 80-degree summer day:  not too hot, not too buggy, not at all humid.  Without a cloud in the sky, golfers teed off knowing that regardless of the final scores, a day like this one was pure joy.

Special shout-out to Janice Moskoff from the Oak Park – River Forest Chamber and Laurie Kokenes from the Forest Park Chamber.  These Chamber professionals kept things organized and running smoothly, making the hard work look easy.  Kudos for a job well done.

A beautiful day and a tremendously supportive business community.  Save the date for next year: July 24, 2018.

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Cathy Yen

Cathy Yen is the Executive Director of the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce.  She has lived in Oak Park for 21 years and done business locally, first as a retailer and then as a small business...