The seventh annual Petit Family Foundation Golf Tournament was held on Monday, July 22nd, 2013 at the Country Club of Farmington (CCF). The first tournament was held in October 2007 after a date opened up and was put together in weeks by our amazing tournament committee. Bernie Lidestri has impressively chaired every year. The tournament moved to the third Monday in June (the Monday after Father’s Day, the day after the US Open weekend, and the first day of the Travelers Championship week at TPC River Highlands) in 2008. The first six tournaments raised about $600,000 that has been used for multiple grants to benefit the citizens of CT, the region and others around the nation.
Scot Haney from the start and now along with Kara Sundlun, both from WFSB Channel 3, have ably served as announcers, auctioneers and entertainment after dinner. Special thanks to Farmington Bank, who has been the Lead Sponsor for all of our golf tournament events.
We have been fairly lucky with the weather with the rainout of only 4-5 holes over all of our events. Lee Stange has supplied us with Licensed Massage Therapists at the second hole at every tournament. Christine Petit (formerly Paluf) of Le Petit Studio has donated the photography for the past five tournaments.
June has been a great time for our tournament as the course is always beautifully conditioned by John Ruzsbatzky (CCF Course Superintendent) and his staff. In the past few years we have moved to a double shotgun start to accommodate all golfers. For the first tournament Michael Tomasso and Lou Pandolfi at the Tunxis Plantation Golf Course graciously accommodated a number of foursomes gratis as we were overwhelmed with requests to play at CCF. Jeremy Vitkauskas (CCF Head Golf Professional) has always been the consummate pro and has been an integral part of the tournament committee. He has organized the players, obtained raffle and auction items, as well as Titleist golf balls for all the golfers in the field. He has also been able to get crystal donated each year as trophies for the winners. Jeremy along with his assistants, John Goodrich and Jason Clark have tended to our golfers’ and volunteers’ every need. They have recruited the polite and efficient bag boys to handle the rapid influx of players. These young men have donated their tips to the Foundation each year.
Graham Leveston from Nike has graciously donated shirts from each year of the tournament and they are very popular.
Dave Camilleri (CCF Club Manager) and Amy Kanachovski (CCF Events & Marketing Director) have also been very active members of our tournament committee and have helped with the tent set-up, breakfast, lunch, dinner and service, and have kept things moving smoothly throughout the day. The bartenders and servers have also donated their gratuities to the PFF. Chef James has ensured that no one goes hungry and the food has always been excellent!
We get many donations from club members, friends and local businesses that we thank each year at the event and in the program; without their generosity the tournament would not be nearly as successful as it has been.
The golf committee includes:
Bernard Lidestri - Chairperson
The Country Club was incorporated in 1892. In 1924 an eighteen hole course designed by Devereux Emmet was opened. Over the decades many changes have been made but the course continues to reflect much of Mr. Emmet’s design. It is a par 71 and plays about 6300 yards during the tournament.
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