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Laura Rowles is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) serving almost 400 members by hosting over 30 networking events each year, as well as providing educational seminars and special events. The Chamber hosts numerous events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five’s, ribbon cuttings... Read more

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Blog: GGCC Holds 30th Annual Business Golf Classic

The Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) held its 30th Annual Business Golf Classic at Worthington Manor Golf Club, 8329 Fingerboard Road, Urbana, Maryland on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions in addition to 18 holes of scramble golf tournament play.

“It was a great outing,” said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director. “Everyone stayed safe and it was nice to be able to see everyone.”

The chamber’s tournament affords golfers the opportunity to grow their business and play golf at the same time; and the opportunity to network.

Given the current landscape, the Chamber ensured the health and safety of its sponsors, golfers, and volunteers by adhering to CDC guidelines and regulations set forth by the course. Together, everyone had an enjoyable time in a safe and healthy environment on a beautiful day.

Placing third was the Buch Construction, Inc. team comprised of Keith Clemente, Fred Miller, Brooks Cucuel and Rich Watson. Buch Construction was a tournament sponsor as well.

Coming in second was the Caliber Home Loans, Inc. team comprised of Jeff Sandusky, CJ Norfolk, Patrick Norfolk, and Ryk Palmer. Caliber Home Loans also sponsored the putting contest.

And in first place, was the foursome which included PJ Horan, Highlander Financial Group; and Brett Friedman, Sean Falk, and Kenny Kramek from DeLeon & Stang, CPAs and Advisors. DeLeon & Stang was a tournament sponsor and the Highlander Financial Group sponsored the beverage cart.

The GGCC is grateful to its sponsors, golfers, volunteers and Worthington Manor Golf Club.

Sponsors include:

Tournament Sponsor

  • Buch Construction
  • DeLeon & Stang, CPA’s and Advisors
  • Hughes Network Systems, LLC

Golfer Gift

  • Therrien Waddell, Inc.

Lunch Sponsor

  • Plano-Coudon Construction
  • Scheer Partners, Inc. 


  • Caliber Home Loans

Hole-In-One Car Presented by:


Beverage Cart

  • Highlander Financial Group – PJ Horan
  • Village Settlements

Beat the Pro

  • Randy Scritchfield and Associates

Closest to the Pin Women

  • Freedom Mortgage 

Long Drive Men

  • Financial Advantage Associates, Inc

Tee Signs

  • DoubleTree by Hilton
  • Metropolitan Ballet Theatre and Academy
  • Shannon & Luchs Insurance Agency Inc.

PJ Horan, a financial planner, is the Chair and Master of Ceremonies for the event.

The GGCC is active in providing business-to-business networking opportunities throughout the year: a collective voice in local, regional, and state legislative affairs, professional development opportunities and other services that enhance the business environment.

The GGCC is located at 910 Clopper Road, Suite 205N, Gaithersburg, MD. To learn more about the GGCC visit us at Find us! Facebook: | Twitter: @GGCCNEWS | Instagram: gburggermantownchamber

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About Laura Rowles

Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia. Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area's economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber - Director of Events & Marketing - affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five's, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach.


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