John Cashell prepares to tee off in the rain while the rest of his team, Haley Snell, Marty Stearns, and Josh Pritts, cheered on quietly from behind. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

John Cashell prepares to tee off in the rain while the rest of his team, Haley Snell, Marty Stearns, and Josh Pritts, cheered on quietly from behind. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

Chamber holds 8th annual Golf Classic

Fore! times two.

The eighth annual Juneau Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic took place Saturday at the Mendenhall Golf Course. Teams got started around 7 a.m. and played for prizes such as cash, coupons and certificates to favorite Juneau businesses, Alaska Airline tickets and even a brand-new 2023 Subaru Solterra.

Though attendance has been better in previous tournaments, Maggie McMillan, executive assistant for the Chamber, explained that much of that had to do with this year’s weather.

“It’s our smallest golf tournament in the last three years but it’s also the first one in three years that we’ve had rain. We’ve had this little sun bubble for the last couple of years and it really helps when people can look at a weather forecast and it looks nice, they sign up if they look at a good weather forecast, but if it looks bad then they’re not coming out,” McMillan said. “This is one of our largest fundraisers, after this we have our annual dinner on October 8 and that’s the big one.”

The 8th Annual Juneau Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic took place on Saturday, July 30 at the Mendenhall Golf Course. While this year’s event fell on bad weather, teams still came out to compete for great prizes and a great cause. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

The 8th Annual Juneau Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic took place on Saturday, July 30 at the Mendenhall Golf Course. While this year’s event fell on bad weather, teams still came out to compete for great prizes and a great cause. (Jonson Kuhn / Juneau Empire)

She said the reason the chamber holds fundraisers is that it allows it to advocate for the local business community.

“If we don’t have events like this and if we don’t raise money this way, we can’t continue to do that,” McMillan said. “So, they’re super important and they’re a lot of fun, so I hope people will give it a chance next year.”

• Contact reporter Jonson Kuhn at jonson.kuhn@juneauempire.com.

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