Swing Fore Special Olympics tournament Saturday in Southington

Published on Friday, 24 June 2022 15:09


SOUTHINGTON – The Swing Fore Special Olympics Connecticut Tournament will be held Saturday at the Southington Country Club. 

Carol Wilkas, a tournament representative, said the swing fore tournament started in 2013. 

“It is a way to expand the Charity Cycling Challenge, Inc. (CCC) fundraising efforts and provide much-needed funds to a very worthy cause,” Wilkas said. 

According to Wilkas, the event has been held annually, only missing 2020 due to the pandemic. 

“Since its inception, the event has raised over $60,000 for Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) programs,” she said. 

Participants will enjoy a friendly, somewhat competitive round of golf at the Southington Country Club, Wilkas said. She said those participating will meet athletes from local Special Olympics programs, receive “swag bags” at registration, and have a continental breakfast. 

“A grilled lunch is provided at the turn to all golfers, and a beverage cart is on the course all day providing free beer, water and sodas,” Wilkas said. “There will be a dinner catered by the Aqua Turf of Southington after the event where awards will be given out, and the raffle drawing is held.” 

Wilkas said prizes for the tournament include tournament champions, the longest drive hold for both men and women, closest to the pin prizes for each of the five par-three holes, and special prizes for a hole-in-one on any of the par threes.

“All but the hole-in-one prizes are awarded at the event,” she said. “The others are mailed to the winners.” 

The Swing Fore Tournament provides funds to local SOCT programs that help them purchase uniforms, equipment, and cover training and travel costs for athletes, Wilkas said. 

“The CCC staff and the people running the local SOCT programs are all volunteers, so all the net proceeds go directly to the program's needs,” Wilkas said.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Friday, 24 June 2022 15:09. Updated: Friday, 24 June 2022 15:11.