Fourth annual event

Seacoast Security Classic golf event shortened to two courses, 36 holes

Amateur stroke play tournament tees off June 24-25
By Ken Waltz | May 08, 2017
Artwork by: Christine Dunkle

Rockland — There have been a few changes to the Seacoast Security Classic golf tournament, but, for the fourth straight year, the event will tee it up — albeit shortened from three to two courses and 54 to 36 holes over one weekend.

The 2017 event will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25 on the Goose River in Rockport and Rockland golf courses. The Samoset Resort Golf Course in Rockport will not be part of the rotation this year.

The cost for this year's amateur stroke play event is $60 to play two rounds of golf (carts not included). That cost includes the post-tourney banquet and a gift.

The 36-hole individual tournament is for men and women. There will be up to $2,000 in prizes awarded in gross and net. Prizes will awarded by flights, which include A, B and C for men.

There will be additional awards for seniors, juniors and women, with a minimum of 12 golfers needed in those categories for awards to be presented.

Although played on Knox County courses, the event is open to all golfers, regardless of which course they play or from what area they reside.

Pins, skins and sweeps will be available each day and are not included in the entry fee.

All entries must have a verifiable handicap index. The event is limited to 100 golfers.

A post-tourney awards ceremony and banquet will be held at the Sandbagger's Cafe in the RGC clubhouse on Sunday afternoon.

Additional banquet tickets may be purchased for $20 per ticket.

Tee times will be utilized and arranged by the tournament committee.

The entry deadline is Friday, June 9. The entry fee after that time will be $90. Entries officially close on Friday, June 16.

Mail entries to: Bob Carter, 3 Busque Blvd., Standish, Maine 04084. One also can call Carter, the tournament director, at 648-4111 or email him at rcjcsccc@gmail.com.

The tournament's main sponsor is Seacoast Security and media sponsor is Courier Publications/VillageSoup.

There will be a tournament donation to the Humane Society of Knox County and PAWs Animal Adoption Center.

Carter is a former committee member of the Knox County golf tourney. Carter was in the bank business 25 years and also spent 15 years as a school principal. He also was a longtime swim coach. Carter is an avid golfer.

Tourney results

Ricky Jones won two of the first three events. The Thomaston resident, in his mid-40s, cruised to easy wins in the only two tournaments he participate in — the first and third years.

Last year, he finished 8-under par for the three days and outdistanced the field by a whopping 25 shots.

How good was the multi-time Maine Amateur champion and a golfer who has played in some of the most prestigious national amateur events? Well, he finished eight strokes under par for the tourney on three distinctly different courses while all others in the 60-plus field finished well over par on the difficult-to-adjust-to tracks.

It essentially was a walk in the park weekend for the unbelievably talented Jones, who outdistanced the field by a whopping 25 shots.

The following are the 54-hole totals for the top gross and net golfers in each flight from last year's event:

A Flight — Gross: Jamie Boutin 230, Sean Fogarty 231 and James Anderson 233. Net: Chris Seavey 216, Drew Long 224 and Dave Busch 224 (second and third was decided by matching cards).

B Flight — Gross: Mark Manzi 258, Ewie Greet 259 and Mike Parent 259 (second and third was decided by matching cards). Net: Roger Wickenden 214, Adam Wilcox 217 and Mike Bonzagni 225

C Flight — Gross: Mike Schroeder 271, Mike Gray 275 and Paul Lombardo 287. Net: Jorge Leon 215, Kerin Resch 219 and Paul Neagle 222.

Seniors (those ages 60 and older who chose to play the forward tees) — Gross: Charles "Chum" Berry 241, Charlie LeRoyer 244 and Shane Grindle 250. Net: Mark Haskell 184, Mike Weatherwax 192 and Tom Rowe 196.

The weather was beautiful the first and third years, but rain forced the event to be shortened to 36 holes two years ago.

In 2016, the event included a record 63 golfers (although a few withdrew), ages 18 to 77, and a talent-laden field that included the previous two overall champions in Jones (2014) and Anderson (2015).

The event was contested Friday through Sunday, June 24-26, on three distinctly different Knox County courses — seemingly the perfect challenge for golfers who hoped to be crowned champions by the end of the weekend.

The event attracted golfers from a bundle of Midcoast towns and cities, who represent Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties and golf clubs around the state and beyond.

Golfers from as far away as Arlington, Mass. and Amherst, N.H. participated in the event.

Golfers from nearly the entire spectrum, from zero to 31 handicap, participated. The field also included 19 in the senior flight, those ages 60 and older who choose to play the forward tees. That group also includes two women.

Tourney director said the tourney awarded prizes to first, second and third gross and net for flights A,B, C and seniors, along with a trophy for the overall winner. He said it provided 25 total awards for more than $2,000 in prizes.

Two years ago, rain the final day limited the tourney to a two-day, two-course, 36-hole event.

More than 50 golfers, including men, women, juniors and seniors, competed in the tourney in warm, sunny conditions the other two days.

When the final putts had been holed, Anderson was the overall champion by one stroke over Seavey — 156 to 157. Long finished third at 158.

Greet finished first in the B Flight at 173, a two-stroke victory over LeRoyer at 175. Greet shot 86 at Goose River on Saturday to secure first in the division.

In C Flight, Jon Wickenden finished first at 191, as he outdistanced runner-up Lombardo (193) by two shots.

For the second straight year, husband and wife Charles "Chum" Berry and Brenda Berry finished as the senior's and women's champions.

Jones was the inaugural overall winner in 2014. Jones easily outdistanced the field to capture the first title.

The first tourney included a 53-golfer field to start, although a few competitors withdrew during the event.

Jones shot 70-76-72—218. He outdistanced runner-up Boutin (73-87-73—233) by 15 shots.

Jones held a 10-stroke lead over Seavey heading into the final 18 holes at Rockland, a layout where Jones holds the course stroke record of an eye-opening 60.

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Ken Waltz has been member of the media nearly 35 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon, who lives in North Carolina.

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