Golfers enjoy spring weather during annual Pioneer Group Chamber Open

DRIVE: Nick Scheible prepares to take his first shot of the day during the annual Pioneer Group Chamber Open. The golf outing serves as the Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce’s second largest fundraising event of the year and offers participants a day of fun and networking. (Pioneer photos/Taylor Fussman)

BIG RAPIDS — From avid golfers to amateurs looking to have fun and see some new faces, participants of all skill levels came out to the Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce’s annual golf outing on Wednesday.

More than 70 people on 19 teams enjoyed the beautiful spring weather during the 2019 Pioneer Group Chamber Open at Falcon Head Golf Club in Big Rapids, all in an effort to support the community while having some fun.

Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jennifer Heinzman said the outing is the chamber’s second largest fundraising event of the year, raising money for general operations.

In addition to supporting the chamber’s programs, Heinzman said the golf outing is a great opportunity for members of the community to get to know each other and network.

“We have a ton of sponsors, and they always send their employees, so we get all the businesses involved,” she said. “Everybody gets to network with each other.”

PUTTING: Michael Rempalski (front) and Gary Lambrix were among more than 70 people to participate in the annual golf outing on Wednesday.

Participants were able to enjoy not only all the golf course had to offer, but they also were treated to breakfast, lunch and dinner, and had the chance to play a variety of games at the different holes and win prizes throughout the day.

“All the games and silliness make this a really fun day,” Heinzman said.

Jason Daday, assistant director of admissions at Ferris State University, was among the golfers on Wednesday.

“The golf open is a wonderful event and a great opportunity to meet people you wouldn’t see normally,” Daday said. “It’s also great to help generate funds for an organization that helps draw more business to our area.”

HEADING TO THE COURSE: Golfers prepare to head out on the course at Falcon Head Golf Club during the 2019 Pioneer Group Chamber Open on Wednesday.


Posted by Taylor Fussman

Taylor is the cops and courts reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review newspapers. She can be reached at (231) 592-8362 or by email at

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