News Sentinel Open is in full swing

Play action yesterday on the 18th green of the News Sentinel Open at Fox Den Country Club. When the rain stopped, it was a beautiful day for golf.

Professional golfers in action Thursday on the 18th green of the News Sentinel Open at Fox Den Country Club. When the rain stopped, it was a beautiful day for golf.

Of course sports fans love the News Sentinel Open, being played at Fox Den Country Club through Sunday. A stop on the Web.com tour, it offers an opportunity to get a firsthand look at up-and-coming professional golfers, guys who could make it big in the next few years.

Love the centerpieces in the Fleming's skybox!

Love the centerpieces in the Fleming’s Skybox!

But there’s a lot for even not such big sports fans (like me) to love. Mainly, it offers all kinds of opportunities for networking and business entertaining. We at Moxley Carmichael decided to go in whole hog because we have so many clients involved. Pilot Flying J is the presenting sponsor. Summit Medical Group is title sponsor of one of the Pro-Ams held in connection with the tournament. And South College sponsors a celebrity shootout and a hole-in-one contest.

So, to take full advantage of the opportunities, Alan Carmichael hosted a team of clients in the Summit Medical Group Pro-Am on Monday, and we bought tickets for the run of the tournament in the Fleming’s Ultimate 100 Skybox, where we will be hanging out and taking guests through Sunday. These are just a few of the options available. All kinds of hospitality packages are offered to fit various budgets. So, here’s a little free PR advice: Get in on this next year!

Ed Curtis, left, the CEO of Summit Medical Group with News Sentinel Publisher Patrick Birmingham at the pairings party for the Summit Medical Group Pro-Am.

Ed Curtis, left, the CEO of Summit Medical Group, with News Sentinel Publisher Patrick Birmingham at the pairings party for the Summit Medical Group Pro-Am.

Covenant Health CEO Emeritus Tony Spezia enjoyed the crab cake appetizers at the party, which was held at Chesapeake's downtown.

Covenant Health CEO Emeritus Tony Spezia enjoyed the crab cake appetizers at the party, which was held at Chesapeake’s downtown.

News Sentinel Advertising Director Diana Condon got a chance to catch up with former News Sentinel publisher Bruce Hartmann. Hartmann is now publisher of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

News Sentinel Advertising Director Diana Condon got a chance to catch up with former News Sentinel publisher Bruce Hartmann. Hartmann is now publisher of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Rick Giecek and Susan Newman were there.

Adrian Pearce and Angie Howell, both of the News Sentinel, were checking people in.

Adrian Pearce and Angie Howell, both of the News Sentinel, were checking people in.

From left, Alan Carmichael, Tony Norman and Ed Curtis.

From left, Alan Carmichael, Tony Norman and Ed Curtis.

Adrian Pearce, left, with Pilot Flying J's Wendy Hamilton and her husband, Tim.

Adrian Pearce, left, with Pilot Flying J’s Wendy Hamilton and her husband, Tim.

Ben Harkins shows of the trophy for the Pro-Am. "Be sure and say the Town of Farragut is the trophy sponsor," he reminded me.

Ben Harkins shows off the trophy for the Pro-Am. “Be sure and say the Town of Farragut is the trophy sponsor,” he reminded me.

Seafood martinis were popular at the pairings party.

Seafood martinis were popular at the pairings party.

As were these cucumbers topped with seared tuna.

As were these cucumbers topped with seared tuna.

Steve Flynn and Joyce Ouimet.

Steve Flynn and Joyce Ouimet.

Kelly Headden, left, with tournament director Patrick Nichol.

Kelly Headden, left, with tournament director Patrick Nichol.

From left, Adrian Pearce, Patrick Birmingham, Frank Williams and Bob Brunges.

From left, Adrian Pearce, Patrick Birmingham, Frank Williams and Bob Brunjes.

Erin Wakefield and Brian Roberts.

Erin Wakefield and Brian Roberts.

From left, Connor, Adrian, Kelly, Valerie and Kerry Pearce. It was a family affair!

From left, Connor, Adrian, Kelly, Valerie and Kerry Pearce. It was a family affair!

David and Joan Bunn.

David and Joan Bunn.

Mark and Lisa Miller.

Mark and Lisa Miller.

The News Sentinel's Marti Townsend with her husband, Mike.

The News Sentinel’s Marti Townsend with her husband, Mike.

Ed Curtis, left, with Rocky Goode.

Ed Curtis, left, with Rocky Goode.

Dave and Carol Bryant.

Dave and Carol Bryant.

Craig Jenkins and Phil Kaplan of the News Sentinel's sports department.

Craig Jenkins of Tennessee Smokies baseball and Phil Kaplan of the News Sentinel’s sports department.

Kevin and Kristina Lusby.

Kevin and Kristina Lusby.

Alan Carmichael, left, with Geri and Joe Sutter.

Alan Carmichael, left, with Geri and Joe Sutter.

Adrian with Bruce and Tami Hartmann.

Adrian with Bruce and Tami Hartmann.

Ed Curtis welcomed everyone to the Summit Medical Group pairings party.

Ed Curtis welcomed everyone to the Summit Medical Group pairings party.

Over at Fox Den Country Club yesterday, get a load of the plush interior of the Fleming's Ultimate 100 skybox! It looks like a cocktail lounge.

Over at Fox Den Country Club, get a load of the plush interior of the Fleming’s Ultimate 100 Skybox! It looks like a cocktail lounge.

View of the 18th green from the second story of the Fleming's skybox at Fox Den Country Club.

Here’s the view from the second story of the Fleming’s skybox. That’s former Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale second from right on the front row.

Terry Turner, left, and Chamber CEO Mike Edwards in the skybox.

Terry Turner, left, and Chamber CEO Mike Edwards in the skybox.

Robert Baird, left, with News Sentinel Publisher Patrick Birmingham.

Robert Baird, left, with News Sentinel Publisher Patrick Birmingham.

The Copper Cellar box is a less expensive hospitality option. It's also on the 18th hole, but from a different vantage point.

The Copper Cellar box is a less expensive hospitality option. It’s also on the 18th hole, but from a different vantage point.

Alan with News Sentinel retiree Bill Osbourne. (Or, as everyone calls him, "the great and powerful Oz!)

Alan with News Sentinel retiree Bill Osborne. (Or, as everyone calls him, “the great and powerful Oz!”)

Alan with our friends Richard and Dawn Ford.

Alan with our friends Richard and Dawn Ford. The guys were enjoying the golf. Dawn and I were enjoying the air conditioning!

 

 

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