Chamber sets sights on golf tournament

The Chamber of Commerce is usually concerned with promoting business in town and helping the local economy grow, but once a year members turn their thoughts to the game of golf.

It’s that time of year, as the Chamber prepares for its 21st annual Wilton Chamber Golf Classic, set for May 8 at Rolling Hills Country Club.

The big event will put Nick Lee, of Lee Horticultural Services, and Robert McDowell, chief executive officer of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA, against all comers as they are the reigning champions and are set to defend their title and retain possession of the prestigious Wilton Cup.

To reserve a place in the tournament, call the Chamber at 203-856-3500.

The annual golf outing is a fund-raiser for the Wilton Chamber and its scholarship program, through which a deserving high school senior is given money for school each year, said Debra Hanson, executive director of the Chamber.

“One high school student is awarded our scholarship each year. The school works with a committee selected by them, and incorporating our suggested criteria of academic achievement, leadership and community service they select a winner. It is presented usually in June at their award ceremonies,” Hanson said.

Ideally, there should be at least 18 foursomes playing in the tournament.

“I can’t share actual numbers with you but, for example, at $1,000 a foursome we would get $18,000. We do have expenses then, the club fees, signage, etc.,” Hanson said.

There were several courses where the tournament could have been held, but the Chamber members wanted to play in Wilton, so they are back at Rolling Hills.

“They are a member and have a beautiful course and clubhouse, so we look forward to working with them on this and other events, like our annual celebration event usually in September,” Hanson said.

This is the 21st year of the golf outing.

“It has been our main fund-raiser each year, and then it supports us awarding a deserving high school senior each year,” Hanson said.

“We are hoping for at least 18 foursomes, men and women, and we welcome singles or doubles also,” she said.

“We have several contests, like longest drive and closest to the pin, to liven up the competition, and we are working on a hole-in-one contest this year,” she said.

The event also features prizes gathered from the Wilton retail and business community and consistently sends many happy winners home with a smile.