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Chamber tournament moves to Kirkbrae
Pete Fontaine
It’s almost tee off time for the North Central Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament. The committee includes co-chairmen Joel Bessette and Chris Sabbagh, Kayla Vasey, Karen Dalton, Ann Andrews, Erica Valentine, Deborah Ramos and Randy Russo.

People who sign up to play in the North Central Chamber of Commerce’s (NCCC) annual Golf Tournament are in for a treat. This year’s tournament will be played at one of the best golf layouts in New England.

“We’ve taken our game to Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln,” said NCCC President Deborah Ramos. “The committee is excited about having our tournament there; Kirkbrae is considered one of the region’s finest golf courses and country clubs.”

The NCCC previously held its golf tourney at Crystal Lake Golf Club in Burrillville, which, as Ramos noted, “is a semi-private club. In my tenure with the Chamber, I can’t ever remember our golf event being held at a private country club.”

When the 2012 tourney tees off at the 18-hole par 71, 6,549-yard layout on Monday, July 16, the field will be treated to one of the best playing surfaces in New England, as Kirkbrae Golf Course Superintendent Mark Richard is known for having conditions that are rated par excellence.

Richard, who is a ranking board member with the Rhode Island Golf Course Superintendents Association and an officer with New England Regional Turfgrass, previously enjoyed stints at Potowomut and Wannamoisett Country Clubs.

“While this is a major fundraiser for the Chamber, we also want people to enjoy the day and all our planned festivities,” said Ramos. “We are really looking forward to playing at Kirkbrae.”

The July 16 event will benefit the NCCC and Smithfield High School Academy of Finance. Joel Bessette and Chris Sabbagh, who are both staffers at Navigant Credit Union, will serve as co-chairmen of the tournament.

The committee, which held another meeting Monday morning at Navigant Credit Union’s branch in Greenville, also includes: Navigant teller Kayla Vasey, Karen Dalton of HealthAccessRI, Ann Andrews and Erica Valentine of Smithfield High School Academy of Finance, Joe Brito of Citizens Bank and Randy Russo of the Village at Waterman Lake, who is also chairman of the NCCC Board of Directors.

Golfers will enjoy complimentary use of the practice range and participate in a putting contest. Registration is $130 per player or $500 per foursome. The scramble format will be used and tee off is set for 1 p.m. The entry fee includes a light lunch, post-tournament cocktail reception, Italian buffet dinner and awards ceremony.

Golfers will also be able to sign up for the hole-in-one contest and compete for the longest drive, closest to the pin, straightest drive and more.

The tournament will be played rain or shine. Tee sign sponsorships are available for $100. To register or receive more information about sponsorships, call the NCCC headquarters at 349-4674.


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