BRISTOL - Central CT Chambers of Commerce had perfect weather Monday, as they hit the Tunxis Country Club golf course for their 28th annual tournament.
The 162 participating golfers enjoyed a day of camaraderie, chatting with business owners and their employees from several local communities, all while supporting their local chamber.
“We’ve got a great turnout and you can’t beat the weather,” said Jay Sattler, chair of the chamber’s Board of Directors. “It’s a great event for the community to come out, spend some time outside and strengthen their relationships with other business owners that they meet on the course.”
Cindy Bombard, president and CEO of the chamber, noted that the tournament included a nine-hole event for women golfers. Also, new members SparGO Physical Therapy helped participants with stretches before they took to the green.
Molly Spargo, owner of SparGO Physical Therapy at 665 Terryville Ave., Bristol, who recently cut the ribbon on her new business, had a mat set up at her booth with exercise ropes.
“I’m showing people how to do stretches which will help to prevent injury,” she said as she demonstrated the exercise. “These will work their hamstring and IT band.”
Spargo said that she was happy to help out the chamber and to get involved in the community.
“Our tournament was totally sold out,” said Bombard. “This and our annual dinner are probably tied for our biggest event of the year,” she said.
Don Soucey, who co-chairs the chamber’s tournament with Carol Constant, said that he has been involved in the chamber “forever” and thanked those who put in hard work behind the scenes to keep it running.
“Networking is really the key to this event,” he said. “A lot of the golfers support each other and it’s interesting to see how it works. They really do get to know each other. The chamber is a great business partnership in the greater Bristol community. Proceeds from this will support ribbon cuttings, dinners and other events and programs in the community that the chamber puts on.”
Angelo Fidusia, director of golf at Tunxis Country Club, said that he was glad to host the chamber.
“It has been a good event every year with great participation,” he said. “The chamber is very supportive of our course.”
Mark Cornacchio, president and CEO of First Bristol Federal Credit Union, said he had been supporting the golf tournament for more than 20 years. He arrived Monday with Julie Marchetti, vice president of communications.
“I come for the ability to interact with local business owners,” he said. “It’s a nice day and a nice chance to get everyone together and to get to see everyone you know from the community. I bring along our board members and they really enjoy the day.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.