November 24, 2014
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Golf tournamnet fosters Armenian community camaraderie
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TOURNAMENT PLANNERS: Gathered around RI Ararat Open Chairman Alan G. Zartarian, at center, are from left, Kenneth R. Minasian, K. Kenneth Bogosian, Charles J. Ajootian, Stephen P. Kanarian, H. David Papazian and Richard K. Papazian.

Ararat Association of Rhode Island will hold its 25th Annual Armenian Invitational Golf Tournament at the Quidnessett Country Club in North Kingstown Monday, Aug. 27. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. sharp. More than 128 golfers are expected to participate in the day’s activities. The $195 entry fee includes a luncheon buffet, 18 holes of golf, cocktail hour, dinner and prizes. Various sponsorships and prizes are donated by both individuals and companies, and all proceeds are distributed to various, local and regional Armenian organizations and charities.

The tournament has become the highlight of the summer season for many of its participants, as they annually look forward to a friendly round of golf, camaraderie, homemade Armenian appetizers and the traditional shish-kebab dinner. The generosity of all parties concerned has greatly contributed to the financial success of this annual tournament. Over the past 24 years, this event has raised more than $300,000 in net proceeds, all of which have been donated to the Rhode Island Armenian community. During the winter of 1983, six Rhode Island professionals, all from Armenian descent, came together to form what is now known as the Ararat Association of Rhode Island. It was decided that this organization was to be non-sectarian and was to operate on a not-for-profit basis. It’s main purpose and focus was to cultivate professional, social and cultural interaction amongst its members and the Rhode Island Armenian community.

In early spring of 1988, in keeping with the original objectives of the organization, it was decided that the group would create, run and sponsor an annual golf tournament in order to promote sportsmanship, fellowship and social interaction within the Armenian community. An equally important aspect of the new tournament was to raise funds to be donated to various local and regional Armenian organizations.

The first annual Ararat Rhode Island Open Golf Tournament was held in 1988 at the Valley Country Club in Warwick.

It rapidly became a favorite.Booked for the last Monday of August, the tournament quickly sells-out.“The purpose of our annual golf tournament is to promote sportsmanship and fellowship among the Armenian community,” says Alan Zartarian, tournament coordinator.

Tournament tickets, golf tee signage, and proprietary sponsorships, although limited, are still available.


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