Chamber to host golf tournament, scholarship fundraiser

Blazing Saddles actor Burton Gilliam to play in tournament

(Royse City) Actor Burton Gilliam, a Texas native who although has been an accomplished boxer and firefighter, is usually noted for his successful acting career. Starring in several television shows and movies, he was nationally known as the Pace Picante spokesperson for 12 years; he’s the one who said, “Hey, that stuff’s made in New York City!”

He is also known for his punchline advertising vehicles, “I don’t kere how you git here. Just git here!” But he’s probably most well-known for his role in the cult classic Blazing Saddles, playing Slim Pickens sidekick, Lyle.

Burton Gilliam

Join him as the Royse City Chamber of Commerce presents its 11th Annual Golf Tournament and Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday, May 25 at Buffalo Creek Golf Course, 624 Country Club Drive in Rockwall.

The tournament is the primary source of funds for two college scholarships that are awarded each year to graduating high school seniors. The tournament also helps support the day to day operations of the Chamber.

The event begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. There will be cash prizes for first and second place teams as well as the Las Vegas hole. Prizes will also be given for Longest Drive (sponsored by Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital); Closest to the Pin (sponsored by Orthopaedic Specialists of Dallas); Last Place and Best Dressed Golfer. Someone may drive away with the Hole in One prize!

Lunch will be provided by Chick-fil-A of Rockwall. Eat in the clubhouse before hitting the links or take it on the cart with you.

An awards dinner will be served after the tournament while winners are announced and door prizes and raffle prizes are handed out. Dessert is sponsored by Arbor House.

The tournament is open to anyone who wants to play. Sponsorships are available.

Register at or call 972-636-5000 for more information.

The Royse City Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization that’s primary aim is to protect the interest of the business community as a whole by not only representing and promoting the area’s businesses but also the community’s pride and self image. Since we are continually involved in non-commercial areas, such as education, human relations, environmental, cultural and governmental concerns there is always a need for funding to help support these causes.

Thanks to Julia Bryant, Royse City Chamber, for sharing this news.

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