Maritime Aquarium Golf Tournament Now Offers Tennis — Sept 17 at Wee Burn Country Club

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Tee up or — as a new option — return serve in support of The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk on Monday, Sept. 17 as the Maritime Golf Classic now offers an optional tennis tournament.

— an announcement from the Maritime Aquarium

Registration is open now for the 8th annual Maritime Golf Classic, a fun, fundraising event at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien. New this year is a concurrent tennis tournament on the country club’s courts. Both are co-ed.

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Sand trap

“We’re excited to add the tennis option as an alternative for anyone who wants to come out and support the Aquarium but who isn’t a golfer,” said Alicia Wettenstein, the aquarium’s director of advacement.

“It becomes a good day out for couples. One spouse might golf; the other can play tennis — and then they reunite in the clubhouse for the post-play cocktail reception, dinner and auction.”

Hole in One Maritime Aquarium Golf Tournament

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Hole in one

This annual tournament supports the Maritime Aquarium’s mission through the continuing exploration of animal and conservation issues in Long Island Sound and the oceans beyond. In addition, funds raised help to provide STEM-focused education opportunities to area students, regardless of their ability to pay.

Opportunities for the golf half of the Maritime Golf Classic include: $10,000 as naming sponsor with two foursomes and two hole sponsorships; $4,000 for a foursome; and $1,000 as an individual player or hole sponsor.

Albino Alligator Maritime Aquarium

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Beware the albino alligator on the putting green.

The tourney begins with registration/bag drop at 10:30 a.m., a barbecue lunch opening at 11 a.m., and then a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Carts and refreshments are included.

Special course challenges during the 2018 Maritime Golf Classic include: a “hole-in-2” contest led by “Fast” Eddie Fernandes, a former assistant pro for Roy Pace at Wee Burn, with a potential golf/travel prize package from Callaway; and a putting contest with a potential $5,000 prize.

Water Hazard Maritime Aquarium Golf Tournament

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Water hazard

For the round-robin tennis tourney, cost to participate is $250. Registration opens at 2 p.m., with first serve at 2:30 p.m.

The golf and tennis tournaments will conclude together, with cocktails, dinner, silent auction and awards beginning at 5 p.m.

The chairman of the Golf Classic is Charlie Hinnant of Rowayton, a member of the aquarium’s Board of Advisors. Sarah Ritchey of Wilson Point is chair of the tennis tournament.

Get more details and sign up online, here or by calling (203) 852-0700, ext. 2277.

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