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The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Golf Tournament benefitting Red, White and Boom is still a week away, but already the popular tournament is sold out.

There are 144 golfers set to compete in the 17th Annual Chamber Masters Golf Tournament on Friday, April 11, at the Ahwatukee Country Club, 12432 S. 48th St.

“As we’re celebrating our 20th anniversary we’re having it at the Ahwatukee Country Club, which is a 20-year member of the chamber,” said Anne Gill, president and chief executive officer of the chamber. “Our title sponsor is Brewers and they are a 20-year member as well so it’s all tying back into that. The country club is also the site of the fireworks in July and that’s what the tournament benefits.”

The tournament is the largest fundraiser for the annual community fireworks show in Ahwatukee.

The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8 a.m., with a lunch to follow. Guests can still attend the lunch after the tournament and take part in the raffle and auction. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on the chamber’s website,

The annual event is one of the most popular fundraisers the chamber hosts. Darla Salem, chair of the golf committee, said she has golfed in the past but this is her first year on the golf committee. She chose it because she wanted to be a greater part of such a fun event.

“It’s very energetic,” she said. “Everyone just lets their hair down and loosens up a little bit and you really get to know people as who they are. It’s not a stuffy environment or an uncomfortable mixer. Everyone just has a good time.”

Salem said there is always a need for more volunteers to help with registration and selling raffle tickets.

For more information on the tournament, or to volunteer, visit

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