Wednesday, May 29, 2013
There is no other place Jon Troneck would rather be on Memorial Day Weekend than Summerville Country Club.
Every year Troneck makes sure he clears his calendar so he can participate in the Chick Miler Invitational golf tournament held at the Miler Golf Course. Since Bufort Blanton and Archie Paris founded the tournament, Troneck has only missed it once.
“I didn’t play in the first one in 1974 because I didn’t know about it but I’ve played in all the others,” Troneck said. “A friend of mine who played in the first one told me about it and how nice it was so I signed up the next year.”
Last weekend, Troneck teed off for his 39th straight Chick Miler and he says it won’t be his last.
“As long as I’m able to swing a club, I’m going to play in the Chick Miler,” he said. “Naturally my scores aren’t what they used to be. I injured my shoulder and it was actually really bothering me this year but I told the doctor to just do anything he could because I wasn’t going to miss this tournament.”
He has seen the invitational tournament grow over the years.
Troneck’s first year participating there were only some 25 golfers in the field. Last weekend, 201 participants teed off for the 40th annual event.
One of the lures of the tournament is it welcomes a broad spectrum of golfers ranging from those who won’t be upset if their best round is over 100 to those who have PGA aspirations.
“The Blantons are such good people and the hospitality at this tournament is just great,” Troneck said. “Even at the first tournament I participated in they fed you after every round. There are a lot of repeat players so we have become a very close-knit group over the years that share a lot of memories. Plus, I’ve met so many interesting people through this tournament. Even the Mayor plays in this tournament.”
The 62-year-old Troneck finished this year’s tournament with a 271 score to place seventh in the ninth flight. He just edged out Summerville Mayor Bill Collins, who tied with Dewey Nettles for eighth place in the ninth flight with a 272 score.
Troneck’s best performance in the tournament was in 2000 when he shot rounds of 74, 73 and 77.
“I remember Bufort Blanton coming up to me and saying ‘when did you get so good? I didn’t know you could shoot in the low 70’s,’” Troneck said.
The golfer’s loyalty to the Chick Miler tournament comes as no surprise to those who know him.
Troneck grew up on James Island and graduated from Baptist College in 1972. One of his first job interviews was with Belk’s. He accepted the job and worked there until he retired.
He moved to Summerville in 1987.
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