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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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How Golf can be a Great Networking Tool – Join the GGCC at It’s September Tournament

ggccThe Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) will host its 26th Annual Business Golf Classic at Worthington Manor Golf Club, 8329 Fingerboard Road, Urbana, on Friday, September 9, 2016.

A high school buddy of mine, Mike Randazzo a Sales Manager at The Muscarella Team at Advisors Mortgage Group, LLC – Wall, NJ, recently posted a photo on Facebook of him and a golf club. It wasn’t so much the photo that caught my attention but the headline – “I am gonna start playing golf ASAP!”

Well of course it peeked my interest since I am in the process of planning the Chamber’s tournament. And like a few others I pondered why now? His response was (it’s) “supposed to be relaxing and good for networking”. And so the conversation continued on how golf can be a conducive environment for networking.

The chamber’s tournament affords golfers the opportunity to grow their business & play golf at the same time. This tournament is intended to offer enjoyable golf and the opportunity to network.

“At the Chamber, relationship building is what it’s all about. Our golf tournament is a great time to do just that – meet new people, reconnect with others”, said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director.

Golf is an extremely important networking tool. It has long been said, “it’s not what you know, but who you know,” and simply put, a golf course is a great place to get to know someone. You are out on the course, beautiful day, you’re having a good game, your foursome is enjoying themselves and you’re all having a great time. A situation like this could very possibly be considered work.

Golf is a game that involves a lot of downtime so it affords plenty of opportunity for quality conversation. Take advantage!

The Chamber’s tournament has plenty of opportunity for you to do so. We have a variety of sponsorship opportunities for you to either play and network with business colleagues on a personal level; or sponsor the event and gain exposure, build good will & get the brand recognition for your business deserves.

This tournament is intended to offer enjoyable golf and the opportunity to network. Meet business owners, representatives and supporters of business as you complete your round. Incredible prizes, golf contests, food and drinks await you on this unique golf experience.

Sponsorships are now available and golfers are wanted. A Portion of the proceeds supports the Montgomery College Scholarship Fund.

Tournament Schedule:

  • Driving Range Open: 7:30 am
  • Registration Begins: 7:30 am
  • Lunch: 11:30 am
  • Putt*A*Rama: 9:00 am
  • Shotgun Start: 9:30 am|
  • Award Reception: 3:00 pm

Tournament Features:

  • Scramble Scoring
  • Beat The Pro
  • Hole In One Contest
  • Closest to the Pin
  • Longest Drive

The GGCC is grateful to its sponsors, golfers, volunteers and Worthington Manor Golf Club. Please let us know at if you would like to add your business name to this elite list. Or visit for further details.

The GGCC golf tournament sponsors included:

Tournament Sponsor

  • City of Gaithersburg
  • Genesis Security Systems. LLC
  • Hughes Network Systems, LLC
  • Montgomery College Germantown

Golfer Gift

  • DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors
  • Therrien Waddell, Inc.

Cocktail Reception Sponsor

  • Morgan-Keller Construction
  • Scheer Partners, Inc.

Lunch Sponsor

  • Lakeforest Mall


Golf Ball Sponsor

  • ENNIS Legacy Partners

Beverage Cart

  • Savitz, Parker, Hollman, Simon, Hahn and Delisi, LLC


  • Therrien Waddell, Inc.

Driving Range

  • General Insurance Group, Inc.

Tee Sponsor

  • Asbury Methodist Village
  • DVA Architects
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Monument Bank
  • Shannon & Luchs Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC
  • WLR Automotive Group, Inc.

Water Sponsor

  • DrinkMore Water

Allen DeLeon of DeLeon & Stang, CPAs and Advisors is the Chair and Master of Ceremonies for the event.

To register, sponsor or further details on the GGCC’s 2th Annual Business Golf Classic, visit:

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 on Facebook and on Twitter at @GGCCNEWS. 

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Laura Rowles

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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