Monroe Rotary Club tournament golfers tee off in the rain

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Bob Guere, a Rotary Club member, hits his first drive off the tee during Thursday's golf tournament at Whitney Farms Golf Course Thursday morning.

MONROE, CT — A steady rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of participants in the Monroe Rotary Club’s annual Golf Classic at Whitney Farms Golf Course Thursday, as 21 foursomes battled amid wet conditions.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service by helping to create a community education center in its headquarters on Jockey Hollow Road, which will soon undergo a renovation and addition.

Monroe Rotary Club President Dennis Condon, left, with from left, Rotarian Phil Lindstrom and golf tournament sponsors Leon Barnaby and his son, Brian, of L.A. Barnaby & Sons, Inc.

First Selectman Ken Kellogg said shovels will go in the ground this coming Monday, getting construction started for the project, which costs just over $4.5 million.

“This is a 20-year-project in town, under four different selectmen and five different committees,” Dennis Condon, president of the Monroe Rotary Club, told the crowd of golfers, as they sat in their carts for the shotgun start.

“It’s something that’s desperately needed,” Condon said. “If any of you have ever used the EMS services here, they’re outstanding. It’s only a group of about 40 people.”

Kellogg and his wife, Mary, participated in the tournament, as well as State Rep. Tony Scott, R-112th, and Superintendent of Schools Joseph Kobza. Former first selectman, Steve Vavrek, also played.

William Street, the head PGA professional, went over the rules in the parking lot before rows of golf carts headed toward the first holes.

The golf tournament’s title sponsor was L.A. Barnaby & Sons, Inc.

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