Downtown Bethlehem Association manager Tim Brooks checks in golfer Jim Miller’s equipment at the Walla Gazoo. Miller is vice president of perioperative services at the Lehigh Valley Health Network.
Among the participants checking in at the Walla Gazoo registration table were Don Cunningham, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation and Tony Ianelli, president and CEO of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Honing his putting skills prior to the tournament’s shotgun start was Piramal Critical Care’s Ray Hiestand, a controls engineer at the firm.
The tournament kicked off at noon with 136 golfers heading out onto the Bethlehem Golf Club course in their carts.
Prior to teeing off on the 10th hole Dave Burmeister, Jim Miller, Bob Begliomini and Tim Nebel from the Lehigh Valley Hospital Network took a group photo.
Bob Begliomini tees off with a powerful swing to help his foursome get a good start in the tournament.
Walla Gazoo participants enjoyed a clambake buffet dinner after completing their rounds of golf.
The foursome of Julian Sghiatti, Joey Cappelli, Dan Kluemper and Ed Kluemper took home top foursome score honors with a 12 under par 59, each winning a Bank Cup (pictured) which was named in honor of businessman and philanthropist Frank Banko. Banko passed away in 2011.
Annual tourney benefits Chamber
The annual Walla Gazoo Golf tournament and Clambake, organized by the Bethlehem office of the greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, was held Aug. 21 at the Bethlehem Golf Club. Lynn Collins Cunningham, senior vice president of the GLVCC’s Bethlehem office, reported that 136 golfers participated in the event, enjoying a round of golf on the well-maintained course and a clambake afterward in the evening. Cunningham said the decades-old event remains one of the major fundraisers for the Chamber of Commerce in Bethlehem and that proceeds support both staffing and various initiatives. The tournament was played in a four player scramble format and the winning foursome at 12 under par (59) was comprised of Julian Sghiatti, Joey Cappelli, Dan Kluemper and Ed Kluemper. Other winners were Joe Feilmeier (closest to the pin), Pat Sewards (longest drive-men), and Linda Rosencrance (longest drive-women).