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Players, sponsors sought for Calvin Peete

By Staff | Aug 18, 2021

It’s hard to believe that we are only two months away from the fifth annual Calvin Peete Classic golf tournament, which returns to Magnolia Landing after last year’s was played at Del Tura on Saturday, Oct. 16.

But it’s never too early for sponsors and players to think about signing up for the North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Wendy Murray, executive director of the Chamber, said 12 of the 18 foursomes have signed up so far, and that organizers are still looking for hole sponsors, raffle prizes and other items.

She also said it will be a little different this year, namely the shotgun start time, at 1 p.m. instead of the usual 8 a.m.

“We found a lot of golfers prefer the later start time. Also, because we do the raffle after the tournament, we aren’t rushed out,” Murray said. “People can stay around and enjoy some camaraderie after the tournament.”

The event costs $105 per person and $420 for a foursome in the four-player scramble format, which includes 18 holes of golf, range balls, a cart, a swag bag and free drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic. There will be an Italian buffet afterward.

“It will be one of the least expensive golf tournaments in Lee County this year,” Murray said. “We anticipate a sellout, so if they’re interested, they need to call me.”

Pepper Peete, Calvin’s widow, and her daughter are again expected to play after missing the last two years.

There will also be a putting contest, closest to the pin, and longest drive contests. There will also be a “tutu challenge” where golfers who wear a tutu for $5 will be allowed to tee off from the women’s tees.

“That was a big hit last year and a great way to raise money for the Chamber,” Murray said.

Mulligans and yardsticks will not be sold this year.

Sponsorships run as little as $100 for a hole and $250 for a contest. Murray said it’s a great opportunity to get your name out and about all day long and with lots of branding moving forward to the tournament.

Calvin Peete was the most successful African-American golfer to have played on the PGA tour prior to Tiger Woods and a resident of North Fort Myers.

For more information, contact Murray at 707-6722.