BRISTOL â€“ The Central CT Chambers of Commerceâ€™s 30th Annual Golf Tournament at Tunxis Country Club saw wide attendance from members of the business community Monday.
The parking lot was packed at Tunxis Country Club as golfers got out, hoisted their clubs over their shoulders, and got in line to register. Some took the time before the start of the tournament to catch up with friends, talk business or to warm-up with a few practice swings.
In total, Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the Central CT Chambers of Commerce, said that 197 golfers had signed-up for the annual fundraising event.
â€śItâ€™s a gorgeous day for a golf outing,â€ť she said. â€śWe have our faithful followers who show up year after year as well as some new foursomes this year. A lot of people are eager to get out, socialize and see each other again.â€ť
Elizabeth Sheridan, business relationship officer with Ion Bank and a Chamber Board member, said that it was a beautiful day for golf. Several members of Ion Bank were joining her on the course.
â€śItâ€™s a great course and weâ€™ve got great turnout,â€ť she said. â€śWe couldnâ€™t be happier.â€ť
Mark Cornacchio, president and CEO of First Bristol Federal Credit Union, said that he has supported the tournament for â€śa number of years.â€ť He too came to play with several Board members.
â€śItâ€™s always nice to get out and support anything with the Chamber,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m looking forward to seeing everyone and enjoying a nice round of golf. The Central CT Chambers of Commerce is a great chamber and I enjoy being a part of it.â€ť
Brett Santeusanio, of CrossCountry Mortgage in Farmington, said he had been playing at the tournament on and off over the years. He said he is always impressed by the turnout, remaking that some people are â€śreal service warriorsâ€ť and never miss a Chamber fundraiser.
â€śPeople do a lot of networking at the Chamber Golf Tournament,â€ť he said. â€śItâ€™s a win-win for the Chamber and business owners.â€ť
Eddie Dâ€™Amato, president of Dâ€™Amato Construction, was also pleased by the turnout. He said that he liked to play frequently at the Chamberâ€™s golf tournament and other fundraisers.
â€śThe Chamber rents their office from us,â€ť he said. â€śCindy does a great job for our business community; they all do.â€ť
Rep. Whit Betts was among the golfers Monday as well. He said that he was happy to see a â€śsolid turnoutâ€ť with many people getting re-acquainted after covid-19 and supporting their local Chamber.
â€śThe Chamber works hard to help our local businesses,â€ť he said. â€śTheir legislative committee is very active. I come here every year; Iâ€™m very supportive of them.â€ť
Betts also noted that there were a lot of new golfers this year. One of them was Jean-Pierre â€śJPâ€ť Bolat of Movia Robotics, a new business which recently partnered with the Bristol system to create a summer learning program for autistic students.
â€śIâ€™m looking forward to it,â€ť said Bolat. â€śWeâ€™re in the area and this is one of the best courses in Connecticut. As a business owner I believe you need to give back to good causes like this.â€ť
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.