Groton Rotary Club Golf Tournament a Big Success

Groton, CT – The Groton Rotary Club’s fourth annual golf tournament was a success both on and off the course. The main beneficiaries, youth scholars and community non-profit organizations, will have reasons to cheer.  The tournament turned a profit of nearly $15,000. 

This year’s tournament drew a good cross section of the entire community, as 97 golfers played the Shennecossett Golf Club, a historic Donald Ross designed course.

The Groton Rotary Club extends its gratitude and appreciation to its seven corporate and 41 hole sign sponsors.  “Without the support of these sponsors, nothing is possible,” Tournament Co-Chairman John Silsby said. “The Groton Rotary Club especially appreciates the major support of corporate sponsors, Brustolon Buick Motors, Yale New Haven Health, Cardinal Honda, RB Kent & Son, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, FW Webb, and Groton Utilities.”

Four of the sponsors also became Corporate Scholarship Sponsors, donating $1,000 toward scholarships for local high school students.  They were Brustolon Motors, Cardinal Honda, R. B. Kent & Son and Groton Utilities.  The $2,000 scholarships were designated for Fitch Senior High School, the Ella T. Grasso Technical High School, and the Marine Science Magnet High School.

“The Groton Rotary Club continued its special corporate category, the Military Sponsorship,” Silsby explained.  “This was a special opportunity for area businesses to help Rotary honor our community’s active servicemen and veterans.”  The participating businesses and organizations were Naval Federal Credit Union, Yale New Haven Health, Groton Utilities, Stonington Odd Fellows Lodge #26, Mystic Jet Center, Foxwoods Resort Casino, and the Dogwatch Café. This resulted in 28 military members from the U.S. Naval Submarine Base and from within the community, golfing free.

The Groton Rotary Club raises funds annually to finance scholar awards and grants approved by its community foundation, which is formally known as the Groton Rotary Foundation Community Grant, Inc. “The golf tournament is just one of the events which help support the club’s annual giving program,” Silsby explained.

The Groton Rotary Club is a community organization dedicated to the theme, “Service Above Self”, and welcomes new members. Persons interested in joining the club should visit the Club’s web site at or contact a local Rotarian.  A list of Rotary Club members is on the website.  You may also contact Club President Gary Weale by e-mailing him at