ASHRAE is the premier international society for the advancement of heating, refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation sciences. With over 150 individual chapters, ASHRAE sets the standards and funds research and promotion among the HVAC&R industry. Flow Tech, Inc. is a proud member of the international society and is happy to have several employees as individual Connecticut chapter members, some of which hold office on the board. The Connecticut chapter is one of ASHRAE’s oldest chapters, dating back to June 1940.
In recent years, the CT Chapter has hosted a golf outing every spring. We’re happy to report that this year’s event was very successful in terms of attendance and money raised for ASHRAE Research Promotion. Keeping with the tradition of the last couple years, the Outing was held the Friday of Memorial Day weekend which happened to be May 26th this year. Golfers and volunteers alike find this to be a great way to get an early start on an already long weekend! Again, Tower Ridge Country Club (@TowerRidgeCC), located at 140 Nod Road, Simsbury, CT, was the venue for this day of fun.
The sky looked ominous and there was a slight drizzle as Flow Tech’s Nichole Petersen, event volunteer, and co-organizer arrived before registration started. As golfers began arriving for the 9:00 AM Registration conversation mostly consisted of the weather and if the rain would clear up, or at least not down pour. Luckily a complimentary breakfast was provided and seemed to get everyone’s minds off the weather.
Although not great, the weather behaved itself enough to remain dry, albite damp, for the remainder of the day. Once the final golfer of the 108 participating players arrived the 10:00 AM shotgun start proceeded. Players could register as a single player or a foursome for this scramble-style event. It just so happened that 4 single players registered creating their own foursome. Flow Tech’s Mike Daivs invited some of his engineering customers to join him on the course. Eric Fontaine of van Zelm Engineers, and Brad Huff and Jim Norton of BVH Integrated Services completed Flow Tech’s foursome. Our team definitely had a fun time.
Flow Tech was the official drink cart sponsor for the day. In order to keep up with the demand for drinks, the course’s management decided 4 drink stations throughout the course would be more effective than just 1 drink cart. Nichole Petersen and fellow volunteer, Alex Lamparski acted as the unofficial drink cart girls and worked in conjunction with the beverage stations ensuring that the players did not go thirsty as they rode around handing out beverages. The ladies also sold raffle tickets as they went around. Players could by an arm’s length for $20 or get the foursome special which was 5 arm’s lengths for $80. The more raffle tickets a player purchased the better their odds to win one of the many prizes at the end of the day.
The day flew by and soon it was time for golfers to head back to the clubhouse for an open-bar cocktail hour and a dinner reception. A buffet-style dinner with a carving station was included with each player’s registration. During dinner, the winning team was awarded their prize along with Longest Drive and closest to the Pin awards. After dinner, the raffle prizes were announced along with special thanks to sponsoring firms.
All in all, it was a great day for CT ASHRAE and all participants and volunteers. If you missed out this year, mark your calendars for Friday, May 25, 2018, for the same time and location. CT ASHRAE usually starts promoting the event in January.
For more information about the Connecticut Chapter of ASHRAE please visit their website. If you’d like to view all of the pictures taken during the outing please visit CT ASHRAE’s photo gallery. To get involved in next year’s tournament email Brandon Bradley, or for information about sponsorship email the sponsorship committee. If you’d like to find out more about Flow Tech’s involvement in the chapter please reach out to us. You can also find updated information on our website. Don’t forget to follow us on social media: Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.