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Benefit golf scramble, High South concert only two weeks away

  • Tickets for the Friday High South concert in Chester are still available.

    Tickets for the Friday High South concert in Chester are still available.

By Gwendy Garner
Contributing writer
updated: 5/1/2019 10:09 AM

Plans are being finalized for a weekend of fun and excitement for area golfers, fans of the band High South, and supporters of the Chester High School music department.

A few spots still remain for the golf scramble, which starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at the Chester Country Club. According to coordinator Tom Tindall, people wanting to register a four-person team should call him ASAP at (618) 246-3167, or the Chester Country Club at (618) 826-3168. All proceeds from the scramble will go to the Chester Music Patrons, to benefit the Chester High School music department.

The scramble is being sponsored by the country band High South, which has Chester roots and is in town for two concerts that weekend

"Come on out and help the High South band to help these kids!" Tindall urges.

Golfers will get a free breakfast, brats and burgers at the turn, and a full dinner following their round. The day on the course will also include a variety of contests and awards, as well as some special music.

For the nongolfers, inside the clubhouse throughout the day will be a silent auction and an oral auction, featuring a wide array of items, including some celebrity autographed items.

The non-golfing public is also invited to the clubhouse throughout the day, to participate in the auctions. Lunch will also be available for purchase to the public.

"Rumor has it that a very well-known retired Chester band director may be on hand that day at the clubhouse to greet golfers and the public," Tindall said.

"If you've ever participated in the music department at Chester schools, or if your kids have, this is a day you'll want to participate in," Tindall added. "The whole daytime event is being done for the music students."

Chester music directors Steve and Sue Colonel will have student musicians on site, providing entertainment. The entry fee is $280 per team, with cart rentals at $25.

High South in concert

The band High South, featuring Chester native Jamey Garner with Phoenix Mendoza and Kevin Campos, will play two concerts at the Chester Country Club, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 17-18.

Tickets for the Saturday show are sold out, but some remain for Friday night. Tickets are $20; contact the Chester Country Club at (618) 826-3168.

Based in Nashville, High South is an international recording group that tours the United States and Europe.

They recently released their new EP titled "A Change In The Wind" with the lead single, "Make It Better".

Garner grew up attending Chester schools and was active in the grade school and high school band and chorus. He said he wants to give back to his hometown by sponsoring the golf scramble, and his High South sidekicks are fully on board.