First Church, First Golf Tourney

Guilford's First Congregational Church is reaching beyond its home on the Guilford Green to gather folks on the golf green.

In September, the church will sponsor the first-ever Guilford First Congregational Church Golf Tournament. Proceeds will benefit church outreach ministry programs.

"We were looking for a creative and fun way to support the outreach ministries of our church, by including folks who are not necessarily directly connected to our congregation," said First Church Pastor Sarah Verasco, adding "The event is a scramble format, which can accommodate beginners through advanced players alike, while giving everyone a moment to shine for their team."

The tourney will take place at the Portland Golf Course on Sept. 27 with a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start. The day includes gazebo lunch (hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage and peppers, watermelon, and drinks) and, at 4 p.m., prizes for first through fifth lowest team scores, longest drive (men and women), and closest to pin (men and women) will be awarded. Additionally, a silent auction takes place, and hot and cold appetizers and drinks will be served.

First Church member (and golf enthusiast) Chuck Ramsey encourages players of all levels to join in the event.

"Whether you are a scratch golfer like Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods or you just love carrying the bag from hole to hole, this tournament is for you. This will be a great opportunity for our church members to enjoy each other's company outside the four walls of our church," he said.

Ramsey noted the tournament is limited to 30 foursomes and advance registration is required. To take advantage of an early registration fee savings, register before Monday, July 15 (fee is $150 per player before July 15, $175 per players registered thereafter, through Sept. 16).

For more details on First Congregational Church's First Golf Tourney or to register, visit www.firstchurchguilford.org or call 203-453-2640.

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