"It's their weekend of being in the U.S. open, we call it, it's the U.S. open of Greenwich," said Joe Felder, Griffith Harris Golf course PGA golf professional.
Greenwich's golfers teed up at the Griffith E. Harris Golf course on Saturday for the town's 70th annual golf tournament. With 120 residents participating, organizers say its a tradition they continually strive to keep up with.
"I just met a guy out here today," said Felder. "He's 84 years old, he played in the first one 70 years ago. It's kind of cool. The older guys are still playing."
The Griffith E. Harris Golf Course is the town's only municipal course open to all Greenwich residents. This year's event is sponsored by wealth management and financial planning service, the Dowling Group, with additional support from New County Audi and Vineyard Vines.
"It's important to continuously support events in the Greenwich area that help bring families and individuals together, to just enjoy the weekend and get outdoors and spend time together," said Michael Buccino of the Dowling Group.
This grand prize for a hole-in-one on the 11th hole: a new Audi from the event's supporter.
"I think you've got to sponsor everything to keep this golf course as strong and as beautiful as it is, they need everybody to participate," said David Delaney, director of operation at New County Audi of Greenwich.
Those who continue to play say they've learned some strategies along the way.
"Mostly to limit your mistakes, just stay in the moment," said Greenwich resident Jason Morilla. "You don't want to do anything crazy. Know what your abilities are and play to them."
"It's catching on," said Felder. "People know it's a fun two days and they get to play golf, they play golf and now they get a chance for all of these prizes."
The tournament runs until 5 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday, June 29) .