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Tourney to benefit golf course improvements

A golf tournament this month will raise funds to improve Ridgefield’s public town-owned golf course.

The Ridgefield Golf Course Improvement Fund Tournament will be on Thursday, July 18, with registration and lunch at 12:30 and a shotgun start at 1:15, at the town course at 545 Ridgebury Road.

The required donations are $175 per person or $600 for a four-member team. The donation covers greens fees and cart, lunch, cocktails, dinner, prizes and raffles.

All net proceeds from the tournament will be used to finance improvements at the town course.

“The Ridgefield Golf Course Improvement Fund (RGCIF) was founded in 2011 by a group of Ridgefield golfers for the purpose of improving the quality of our town course thereby providing for a better golfing experience for town residents and golf course patrons,” wrote tournament co-chairs Henry Seemann and Mary LaRosa in a letter to supporters.

“The golf course is a unique asset for a town the size of Ridgefield, created from the vision of town forefathers to provide public recreation for all age groups and skill levels. The course is a ‘gem’ in Fairfield County, designed by a world-class architect, built in a beautiful setting but is sorely in need of updates for the 21st Century.

“Maintenance of the course, while good, is constrained by limited town revenues. Any significant improvements are subject to political debate and must compete with all other town public facilities for funding. The RGCIF was created to facilitate and fund the implementation of these identified improvements.”

Money raised by last year’s tournament was used “to completely rebuild hole number 11 including new design, drainage and sand,” the letter says.

For more information, e-mail RidgefieldGolfImprove@gmail.com or visit ridgefieldgolfcourse improve.info.

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