Central CT Chambers of Commerce's 30th Annual Golf Tournament sees wide attendance

Published on Monday, 2 August 2021 13:33


BRISTOL – The Central CT Chambers of Commerce’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.

“It’s a gorgeous day for a golf outing,” she said. “We 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.”

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.

“It’s a great course and we’ve got great turnout,” she said. “We couldn’t be happier.”

Mark Cornacchio, president and CEO of First Bristol Federal Credit Union, said that he has supported the tournament for “a number of years.” He too came to play with several Board members.

“It’s always nice to get out and support anything with the Chamber,” he said. “I’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.”

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 “real service warriors” and never miss a Chamber fundraiser.

“People do a lot of networking at the Chamber Golf Tournament,” he said. “It’s a win-win for the Chamber and business owners.”

Eddie D’Amato, president of D’Amato Construction, was also pleased by the turnout. He said that he liked to play frequently at the Chamber’s golf tournament and other fundraisers.

“The Chamber rents their office from us,” he said. “Cindy does a great job for our business community; they all do.”

Rep. Whit Betts was among the golfers Monday as well. He said that he was happy to see a “solid turnout” with many people getting re-acquainted after covid-19 and supporting their local Chamber.

“The Chamber works hard to help our local businesses,” he said. “Their legislative committee is very active. I come here every year; I’m very supportive of them.”

Betts also noted that there were a lot of new golfers this year. One of them was Jean-Pierre “JP” Bolat of Movia Robotics, a new business which recently partnered with the Bristol system to create a summer learning program for autistic students.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Bolat. “We’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.”

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Monday, 2 August 2021 13:33. Updated: Monday, 2 August 2021 13:35.