Melbourne Regional Chamber to Host Local Pro-Am Golf Tournament to Support Small Businesses

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event will take place on Friday, November 13

In a year of a global pandemic, racial unrest, and a divisive political climate; celebrating a local golf tournament seems par for the course.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Melbourne Regional Chamber intends to debut a return to quasi-normalcy and in-person events with one of their most popular signature events, the annual Melbourne Regional Chamber Pro-Am Golf Tournament sponsored by the Rodriguez Family of McDonald’s Stores.

The event will take place on Friday, November 13, 2020, at one of the finest golf facilities on Central Florida’s East Coast, Viera’s Duran Golf Club.

Like most organizations in 2020, the Melbourne Regional Chamber shifted its work plan to continue to provide resources, communications, and modern versions of the events it’s been known for 95-years.

Throughout the year, the Chamber implemented a new COVID-19 Resource Page to their website, dedicated to providing members and the public with up to the minute information, links, and resources.

They shifted their social media focus to providing information on members and community partners that were providing vital community support or in need of such support while still celebrating the good news.

For more information on the Melbourne Regional Chamber or how to get your business represented at the 2020 Melbourne Regional Chamber Pro-Am Golf Tournament please visit MelbourneRegionalChamber.com

Like most organizations in 2020, the Melbourne Regional Chamber shifted its work plan to continue to provide resources, communications, and modern versions of the events it’s been known for 95-years.

And despite many coronavirus-related national and local restrictions, the Melbourne Regional Chamber continued to host meetings and events virtually, allowing their various strategic councils and committees to continue to run with minimal to no interruption.

It’s the Chamber goal that this year’s tournament will not only signal a return to back to business but send a much-needed message to the community that there are still opportunities to gather, connect, support, and celebrate the diverse Space Coast Business Community – safely.

“Sports unite across race, age, economic and gender lines,” Michael Ayers, CEO & President of the Melbourne Regional Chamber commented.

“They unite and build communities – which has always been our mission at the Chamber but it is now more important than ever before. I’m excited that it’s this event; the annual Pro-Am that’s our first in-person event since February.”

Space Coast golfers and businesses are cordially invited to participate in the third annual Melbourne Chamber Pro-Am Golf Tournament, presented by Title Sponsor and Brevard institution; The Rodriguez Family of McDonald’s Stores. The MRC Pro-Am Golf Tournament is the only event of its kind on the Space Coast.

Players enjoy a first-class experience and have an opportunity to play alongside top golf professionals at the Duran Golf Club. (Visit Space Coast image)

Players enjoy a first-class experience and have an opportunity to play alongside top golf professionals at the Duran Golf Club. The entry includes the green and cart fees, practice balls, a raffle entry, beverages, lunch, and an awards ceremony following the tournament.

As expected, things are going to be a little different this year. Let’s take the start for starters. Traditionally teams would gather at 8 am to enjoy networking, coffee, and registration before a shotgun start.

This year, they will be assigned staggered start times and report accordingly to registration which will be open for several hours to ensure responsible distancing.

All players are required to wear masks inside the clubhouse and other facilities but can remove them when playing or outside.

Leave it to the innovative team at the Melbourne Regional Chamber led by President & CEO Michael Ayers to turn up the volume on this tournament’s format.

The format is typically a scramble, with the amateurs’ handicaps counting toward the best ball score. The pros play from their tees and the amateurs play from up tees to make it easier.

The MRC Pro-Am is still considered a scramble, but with a twist. Each team matches one pro with three amateurs.

The pros are playing against each other to win a prize, so they play their own ball the whole way through. At each tee, the full team swings (the pro plus three players) then the amateurs must decide to use one of their shots or the pro-shot.

If they decide NOT to use the pro-shot, the amateurs cannot use the pro-shot the rest of the hole. In the absence of caddies, the pros are giving invaluable tips and advice to the teams throughout the day.

This makes for lots of team fun and a bit of strategy as well.

In addition to the ability for businesses, organizations, and individuals to play in the tournament, there are various sponsorship opportunities to market to this group ranging from branded tee signs to exhibit tables to a Corporate Cup sponsorship where companies compete to earn bragging rights and the coveted corporate cup trophy!

For more information on the Melbourne Regional Chamber or how to get your business represented at the 2020 Melbourne Regional Chamber Pro-Am Golf Tournament please visit MelbourneRegionalChamber.com

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