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Golf Tournament Honors Beloved Businessman

The Mark Chambers Memorial Golf Tournament at the Stone Creek Country Club in Oregon City, OR, was held Saturday, July 30 in memory of avid golfer, Mark Chambers. The event boasted great weather, and great day and a good time had by all who participated.

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Mark Chambers (center) with Andrew Stein (far left) at a charity golf event before Mark’s death.

Organized by Andrew Stein, Chambers’ business associate and golfing buddy, the event was created to honor and remember a local business man and friend.  “Mark was an avid golfer, he loved to have fun.  As a huge Jimmy Buffett fan, Mark just wanted to have a good time,” Stein said while talking about his friend.  “He was one of the brightest, most intelligent guys. He worked hard, but also played hard.”

The two men met through the local Chamber of Commerce where they both served on the Board of Directors.  Once they discovered their mutual love of golf, wine and travel, they enjoyed both a friendship and a business relationship. “I was lucky to have Mark as both a golfing buddy and a client,” Stein stated.

Chambers battled colon cancer off and on for nearly 5 years.  A month before he passed away in January of 2011 at the age of 58, he was still traveling and playing golf.

Stein wants others to know that Chambers was not screened for colon cancer prior to his diagnosis. If he had had a colonoscopy at the recommended age of 50, the cancer may have been caught earlier or prevented entirely. “While Mark wasn’t screened in time, the good news is there are others who got screened because of his struggles.”

The tournament organizers felt a golf event was the perfect way to honor a life-long golfer with six handicap who enjoyed playing in charity and fundraising golf events. Money raised at the golf event has been donated to Get Your Rear in Gear to help advance awareness, education and screenings for colon cancer.

View additional photos from the tournament here.

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Tournament organizers (l-r) Ken Fosheim, Judy Havener (Mark’s significant other); Peggy Stein, Andrew Stein, Jon Egge. The HWC on their shirts is in honor of what Mark wrote on each of his golf balls, meaning “Handle With Care.”