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Memorial golf tournament win goes to Eric Arthur Jr.

The late Joe Chandler went about his business in an unassuming but very successful way, and his contributions to Halifax Country Club and his adopted community were noted after Sunday’s annual Memorial Tournament.

Eric Arthur Jr. went about his business on the golf course Sunday and parlayed one of his best rounds of golf into a win, finishing with the best low net score of the day (62) and winning the Memorial Cup. 

Tournament Chairman Dennis Witt described Chandler as a “quiet and unassuming gentleman” who made a difference in the community after he and his family came to South Boston in 1968 with Westinghouse.

Chandler served as club president for two years, but he also gave back to his community as a Mason and Shriner and through his involvement with youth sports.

Chandler served on the board of directors for Carter Bank, according to Witt.

“I didn’t know Mr. Chandler, but I’ve only heard good things about him,” said Arthur, whose win came as a result of one of his best rounds of golf ever.

“It’s the only handicap tournament we play, and I haven’t played all together that well this year, so my handicap is higher,” he said.

“But, the last few weeks my game has started to come around.

“Today, I got a lot of breaks, and everything seemed to go my way.”

Golf is a very funny game, Arthur added.

“One minute it’s going your way, and the next minute it’s not.

“Today I was very fortunate and had a good group of guys to play with, too.

“I did have a little luck on my side.  It’s a prestigious tournament, and I’m happy to win it, it’s one shot from being my career round.

“I was hoping to win both the gross and the net, but I was happy to win low net.”

John Courtney had the second lowest net score of 63, followed by Joey Gasperini with a 64, while Brad Thomasson was low gross winner with a 67.