PROVIDENCE — 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 oper- ate on a not-for-profit basis. Its 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 vari- ous local and regional Armenian organizations.
This tournament quickly sells out and accom- modates approximately 128 golfers each year. It has become the highlight of the summer for many participants as they look forward to a round of golf and camaraderie.
The 2012 Ararat Open will be held at the Quidnessett Country Club in North Kinstown, on Monday, August 27. A luncheon buffet, cocktail hour and traditional Armenian dinner is served throughout the day’s festivities. Prizes are donated by both individuals and companies and are awarded at the end of the evening to golfers who have shot the best scores for the tournament.
Over the past 25 years, this event has raised more than $300,000 in net proceeds, all of which have been donated to the Rhode Island Armenian community.