Chambers and Rice won the two previous years in a tournament founded by Jim Sharp.
The teams included Chambers and Rice, Evans and Tollett, T. Roy Jones and Jim Sharp, Eddie Cartwright and Jim Henderson, Dr. Ken Beard and Don Bailey, Jack Hall and Pastor Gary Sears, Bill Rominger and Jute Miller, and Dale Hughes and Paul Duncan.
According to Chambers, several players have participated every year in what is believed to be the oldest continuing tournament of its kind in the United States.
The tournament begins with a big breakfast at Mountain View Inn. A member of the tournament shares a brief devotional followed by a prayer of thanksgiving.
Sears said that in this Christmas season, “May we all be reminded that whatever trial, tribulation or difficulties that come our way, in some ways it’s a gift of God to help us be at our full potential.”
He paraphrased James 1:1-2 that says, “Count it all joy when you fall or stumble into various trials and temptations.”
Sears said to count all of the difficulties in life.
“We’ve all had them. I never thought I’d have any physical problems, but I had a stroke and to be able to bounce back from that, I thank God,” he said. “Difficult times come with the aging process.”
He said to consider it a gift when tests and challenges come from all sides, because faith and a person’s true colors are forced into the open under pressure.
“Don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well developed and not deficient in any way,” he said. “Whatever we face in life, God has already given us the wisdom to deal with multiple problems or trials and he has applied to us grace sufficient to see you through whatever you’re going through.”
Following breakfast, the players moved to the offices of Sharp Developments for a brief business meeting and review of tournament rules.