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Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Aces Annual Golf Tournament

ALEXANDRIA, VA–Sunrays illuminating green, water rippling, leaves rustling, all ingredients for a perfect day on the golf course.

On Monday, August 30, the 2021 Alexandria Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic was a chart-topper. “This year we had record attendance,” writes Lovie Patish, Director of Events & Sponsorship for the Chamber, “with 104 golfers making their way around the course.”

The Golf Classic was presented by MGM National Harbor, joined by 24 sponsoring organizations, chaired by Adam Froemming of TopGolf National Harbor, and hosted by Springfield Golf & Country Club.

Golf Classic Chair Adam Froemming of TopGolf National Harbor addresses this year’s players before the shotgun start. (Photo courtesy of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce)

“MGM has sponsored us, so we are thankful to them and to everyone who is playing and everyone who sponsored today,” notes Chamber President Joe Haggerty.

Originally scheduled for August 23, the Golf Classic was postponed due to rain. Finally, on August 30, all teams grabbed their golf clubs and hopped on their carts for some healthy competition and networking.

LR: Former Governor Jim Gilmore, Page Moon, Andrew Palmieri, and Brandon Brauer post for a team photo! (Photo courtesy of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce)

Chamber President, Joe Haggerty, says, “The chamber is all about supporting business and cultivating community. There’s a lot of networking and a lot of people who want to meet each other here. We are very happy that the weather has cooperated, and that people are here. All of our foursomes showed up. It’s going to be a great day.”

Returners and newcomers were all welcomed to the classic, but it was newcomer team Guaranteed Rate who took home first place. Coming in a close second was Wiygul Automotive, and Blue Team—composed of individual registrants—finished third.

New on the greens, Guaranteed Rate took home first place at this year’s event! (Photo courtesy of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce)

Haggerty and Zebra Publisher Mary Wadland even teamed up to take on the course.  “My game is going pretty well,” notes Haggerty, “and Mary is playing very well, too. We are having so much fun.”

Kelly Hesaltine of Prosperity Home Loans and Kari Steinberg of Long & Foster Real Estate. (Photo courtesy of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce)

The luncheon and competition were held outside, in order to maintain safety for all participants.

Scott Ritter, Sam Hopkins, & Vince Griffith enjoy lunch at the clubhouse. (Photo courtesy of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce)

Haggerty concludes, “We are very happy to be out and to be outside and just having a great time.”

Mark Birch, Mary Bowen, Matt McCarthy, and Joel Linder share a laugh at the tee box. (Photo courtesy of Alexandria Chamber of Commerce)

Full list of sponsors:

  1. MGM National Harbor
  2. GEICO NOVA Local Office
  3. Marks-Woods Construction Services
  4. Alexandria Seaport Foundation
  5. Braemar Cabinetry
  6. Carr Workplaces
  7. Charles Schwab
  8. The Chewish Deli
  9. Focus Data Solutions
  10. The Goodhart Group
  11. Grobstein Teeple & ACT for Alexandria
  12. Hotel Indigo Alexandria
  13. Kari Steinberg of Long & Foster
  14. KO Distilling
  15. Mekanic
  16. Washington Nationals
  17. Prosperity Home Loans
  18. RGS Title
  19. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
  20. TopGolf National Harbor
  21. Truist
  22. Ultimate Barber
  23. Yates Car Wash
  24. Your CBD Store Alexandria

Scroll down for a full slide show from the 2021 Golf Classic. (All photos Grace Billups Arnold)

Let the course begin.


Roger Parks, Steve Kavaljian, Adnan Hamidi (Alexandria Cupcake), Mike McNeely enjoy their day on the green and golf carts.

One team lands squarely in the green, poised to make par.
Zebra Publisher Mary Wadland and Chamber President Joe Haggerty.
From Left: Joe Haggerty, Jenn Bottomley, Mary Wadland, Ru Toyama
All teams enjoy their time swinging on the green.

Washington Nationals Team: Casey Eliff, Kevin Zmozynski, Tom Kildahl, Stephen Minichiello

United Bank Team: Mike Proctor, Ryan Eu, Scott Ritter, Larkin Wilson
Stream Realty Partners Team: Kerem Demirci, Mike Johnson, Charlie Smiroldo, Tyler York
All is quiet as golfers line up to tee-off.


Your Second Place Team, Wiygul Automotive Team: Calvin Harkless, Dave Krukowski, Bill Brandt, Mike Madigan

All teams compete with camaraderie while some even enjoy cigars.

Players looked poised as they refined their backswings.

Springfield Golf & Country Club, 8301 Old Keene Mill Rd
MGM National Harbor Team: Michael Ruggiano, Johnny Grooms, Andrew Generazio, Joe Doa
All teams played with sportsmanship and grace.

The day’s winners, Guaranteed Rate, relax in their golf carts after a long, successful day of play.

The Chewish Deli was a featured sponsor.

Carr Workplaces was also a featured sponsor.
Keep your distance when teams tee off!

What better place to get your steps in than a golf course on a beautiful day?

Attire was golf-casual, with a splash of Hawaiian.

Hole 18

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