For years, the Gould-Chomeau Golf Tournament has been widely known as a precursor to the Resorters’ Golf Tournament in early August at Peninsula State Park. Since its first year, back in 1978, the event was held to honor family members, and, lately, it has taken on a far greater meaning for Door County.
The event was established to honor multiple family members from both the Gould and Chomeau families, who annually ventured to Door County from St. Louis for a summer of golf at Peninsula State Park. The tournament lasted 31 years in its original format, before the guidance of PGA Professional Jason Daubner suggested that it take on a greater significance for the area.
What started as a senior tournament (50-plus-year-old entrants), sanctioned by the Peninsula Golf Association, is now known as the Gould-Chomeau Scholarship Golf Tournament, providing scholarships for students of Gibraltar High School.
In 2010, the event was able to raise enough money through donations and entry fees to fund five, $1,000 scholarships. With a larger donation tally in 2011, the tournament was able to grow its grant total to 12 scholarships (eight new grants, four returning).
Tournament director Betty Chomeau has come to really appreciate the new direction of the event, filled with enthusiasm through awarding the scholarships to deserving students.
“It’s an incredible bunch of kids at Gibraltar. It’s impressive,” said Chomeau. “Since we’ve been able to fund and refund students from the past, it has been really exciting.”
In addition to adding the scholarship arrangement, the event has also opened up registration to golfers age 40 and older. With the Resorters’ event taking place during the days that follow the Gould-Chomeau event, a larger age bracket has drawn greater interest from those interested in practicing the Peninsula State Park course before the second tournament begins.
This age bracket change not only brings more money into the scholarship fund – $15 from each entry fee is entered into the fund—but additional golfers visit Door County earlier than they normally would.
The Gould-Chomeau format is single-person stroke play, with age brackets and handicaps eventually providing multiple champions. An awards ceremony follows with a lunch held at Alexander’s of Door County.
The Gould-Chomeau Tournament has seen multiple changes, but all of them for the better. With the ability to honor family and hard working students (golfers too!), the event will continue to adapt to the likes of all.
Chomeau could not be happier with the changes that have come to date.
“It is really neat for Gibraltar to become the recipient of the scholarships and for more golfers to come out and play,” she said. “The changes have added a nice, new twist.”