Rotary Club Golf Classic attracts 72 golfers to Whitney Farms

A golfer makes a putt during The Rotary Club of Monroe's 28th Annual Golf Classic at Whitney Farms Golf Course Thursday.

MONROE, CT — The Rotary Club of Monroe’s 28th Annual Golf Classic at Whitney Farms was played under a bright sun with mostly clear skies Thursday, as 72 golfers competed, while raising money to benefit community causes the club supports.

“We lucked out. It’s a fantastic day,” said Molly Smith, the club president. “We’re thankful for the ongoing support from the players and the sponsors. We couldn’t do it without them. Leon has been an amazing partner.”

Leon Barnaby, left, and his son, Brian, owners of L.A. Barnaby & Sons, the title sponsor of Thursday’s Rotary Golf Classic at Whitney Farms Golf Course.

“Leon” is Leon Barnaby, owner of L.A. Barnaby & Sons Inc., a roofing, siding, doors and windows business, which is the golf tournament’s title sponsor two years running.

“We have a great day,” said Barnaby, who golfed with Brian, his son and business partner. “The participation by everyone has been great.”

“We love supporting the town and seeing everyone out here,” Brian said. “It’s always a fun time.”

Leon Barnaby marveled at the dedication of the Monroe Rotary Club’s 17 members.

“There is a lot of longevity,” he said. “They’re a bunch of dedicated volunteers who support one another and do wonderful things for the town of Monroe.”

Golfers enjoyed sunny weather at tee time.

Last year, the Rotary Club’s golf tournament raised $10,000 for the training room in the addition being built for the Monroe Volunteer Emergency Medical Service’s headquarters.

This year, the Rotary donated and installed trail markers at Great Hollow Lake and Wolfe Park, and organized “Reality Check”, a financial literacy simulation, at Masuk High School.

Over the years, the organization funded the Rotary Board Room at Edith Wheeler Memorial Library and the Rotary Pavilion at Wolfe Park. Among its many financial contributions, the club has benefited the Monroe Food Pantry and Project Warmth.

The organization also awards scholarships to high school students every year.

This year’s sponsors

Smith expressed her appreciation for all of the golf tournament’s sponsors, which included:

Corporate Sponsor: GAF Materials Corporation

Hole-In-One Sponsors: Douglas C. Lane & Associates, registered investment advisors; and PKF O’Connor Davies, accountants and advisors.

Putting Green Sponsor: Stockman, O’Connor, Connors PLLC, trial attorneys

Golf Cart Sponsor: ABC Supply Co. Inc., wholesale building supply distributors

Logo Golf Balls: “42” Design & Printing, specializing in customized golf ball design and printing, Anthony Pucci.

Lunch Sponsor: Sippin Energy Products

Cigar Sponsor: Wincore Windows & Doors

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