Golf event brings community together

?Taste of Auburn? new aspect of fundraiser
By: Alex Mecredy Journal correspondent
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The Auburn Community Golf Classic arrives Friday, Aug. 24 at The Ridge Golf Club.
Golfers are welcome to sign up now and participate in the tournament as an individual golfer, with a sponsor, or as a four-some.
Proceeds of the event raises will go to the Auburn Symphony and the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors are welcome and needed for the event.
Kent Suemnicht, chairman of Thrivant Financial for Lutherans, explained “Shotgun starts at 9 a.m. with everyone at a different hole.”
The turnout was positive last year and Suemnicht feels “We won’t have any trouble filling the field and we may have a wait list.”
This year, the tournament plans to expand the Golf Classic in a variety of ways. To ensure the comfort of the players, “Each cart has a cooler in it and we are going to provide each cart with bottles of iced tea and water so they won’t have to worry about getting dehydrated in 90 degree weather,” Suemnicht said.
For those attending the event but not golfing, there will be a new aspect of the tournament this year called A Taste of Auburn. It will be a catered lunch from eight different restaurants and six wineries in Auburn that have agreed to participate. Some of the chefs will also hold a cooking demonstration.
Judy LaBonte, owner of Lou LaBonte’s Restaurant, is among participants in Taste of Auburn.
“It’s for a good cause so we want to give back to our community,” LaBonte said.
Another Taste of Auburn participant, Maria’s Mexican Tacos, will be serving carnitas, tacos and chips and salsa.
The Signature Sponsor, First Northern Bank, will have having three foursome teams playing in the tournament, staff a booth and provide sales managers who will drive carts of refreshments around to the golfers,
“We have always been a part of the community and we have the opportunity to sponsor,” said Juanita Holmes, vice president business services officer.
“We are excited to really show our commitment to Auburn,” said the executive vice president of communications sales and marketing, Kim DeBra. “We want everyone to know we are here to stay.”
As one of the event recipients, the Auburn Symphony plans to have the orchestra participate during the event.
“Probably the string quartette and some chamber music will play during the catered luncheon,” said Suemnicht.
The early bird sign-up is available now and additional sponsors are desired to help with the event and partake in extra benefits such as ad space, radio time and a special VIP event.


Auburn Community Golf Classic
601 Lincoln Way, Auburn CA 95603
Phone: (530) 885-5616