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Chamber hosts annual Calvin Peete tourney

Golf and auction fundraiser to benefit new Leaders and Legends Scholarship Fund

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Oct 14, 2020

From left, Doug Dailey, Pete Caccrolfi, Carl Summerell and Frank Bradley, the winning team at the Calvin Peete Classic at Del Tura Country Club on Saturday. PHOTO PROVIDED

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The North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce hosted its fourth-annual Calvin Peete Classic on Saturday at its new location at Del Tura Country Club.

More than a dozen teams gathered at the executive-type course for what has become the Chamber’s biggest annual fund-raiser for bragging rights and to have a lot of fun in the process.

Wendy Murray, executive director at the Chamber, said it was a way to raise money for scholarships as well as to remember a former North Fort Myers resident who broke cultural barriers in the world of golf.

“Calvin had actually played this course and was a resident whom we named the tournament after. This year we’re setting up a scholarship fund called the Leaders and Legends Scholarship Fund and award a scholarship in Calvin Peete’s name,” Murray said.

The best-ball event had its usual fun items and 8 a.m. shotgun start, such as the hole-in-one giveaway, which nobody won; a longest drive and closest to the pin contest, as well as a sale of mulligans in the event the foursomes sent their balls into the drink.

There were also raffle items and an online auction that started Saturday and will continue through this Sunday. The auction can be accessed at 32auctions.com/nfmcpc.

What the event didn’t have was Calvin’s wife, Pepper, who again was unable to attend this year with all the COVID-related travel issues happening.

Despite that, Murray said it was a good turnout.

Lee County Insurance was again the title sponsor, with Ellsworth Heating & Cooling and the Motorplex shop the two other major sponsors.

“We’re here to honor the memory of Calvin Peete who lived here when he was in his heyday in the PGA,” said John Gardner, chamber president and owner of Lee County Insurance. “It’s one of the few tournaments we have here and it is the only one with a name behind it.”

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and how affected participation this year, there are significant plans for the Calvin Peete Classic, including the possibility for it to become a Pro-am, with the need to see where they can hold such an event.

As for the tournament, the team of Doug Dailey, Frank Bradley, Carl Summerell and Pete Cacciolfi was able to defend their championship by shooting a score of 43 on the smaller par-60 course.

Tim Smith was closest to the pin, Cacciolfi had the longest drive and Steven Scheffers won the putting contest.