Seacoast Security Classic tees up June 27-29Three-day, three-course, 54-hole event rekindles former Knox County tourney
One of the Midcoast's most popular competitive individual amateur golf tournament from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s will return this summer on a trio of familiar Knox County courses — and with a new name.
The Seacoast Security Classic, the next generation of the former Knox County Amateur Championships from the 1980s and 1990s, is slated for Friday through Sunday, June 27-29.
The 54-hole, three-day, three-course competitive stroke play event will be contested at the Samoset Resort Golf Club in Rockport, Goose River Golf Club in Rockport and Rockland Golf Club.
The tourney will be limited to 100 golfers, said event director Bob Carter. The event's major sponsor is Seacoast Security, while Courier Publications/VillageSoup is the media sponsor.
Although it will be played on three Knox County courses, the event is open to all golfers, regardless of which course they play or from what area of the state they reside.
The individual tournament for men and women expects to give back up to $3,000 in prizes awarded to both gross and net participants. Prizes will be awarded by flights, including A, B, C and D for men and women. There will be additional awards for seniors and juniors.
"We plan to give back virtually everything we get," Carter said.
The entry fee of $75 covers a golfer's play for all three rounds at the courses and entry into the post tourney banquet. Cart fees are not included in the entry fee and additional banquet tickets may be purchased for $15 per ticket.
Pins, skins and sweeps will be available each day at the courses and are not included in the entry fee.
The entry deadline is Friday, June 13. Entries after that day will be accepted at a $100 rate until Friday, June 20.
The plan is for all golfers to play the Goose River on Friday, June 27, then Rockland on Saturday, June 28 and finish the tourney at the Samoset on Sunday, June 29. The banquet will be in the Sandbagger's Cafe in the RGC clubhouse as soon as the tourney concludes about mid-afternoon on the final day.
Carter said the professionals at the courses — Jim Blanchette at Goose River, Keenan Flanagan at Rockland and Gary Soule at Samoset — were eager to be involved in the event, especially since the tourney will bring plenty of golfers to each individual course on only one day of the three-day event.
All entrants must have a verifiable handicap index. Tee times, which will be arranged by the tourney committee, will be utilized.
Carter said the flight handicap cutoffs will be: A Flight, 0-10.5; B Flight, 10.6 to 18.5; C Flight, 18.6 to 25.5; and D Flight, 25.6 and higher. Juniors will be those ages 18 and younger and seniors those 60 and older.
Carter said he anticipates, depending on the number of golfers who register, A and B Flight players may play together as will C and D Flight players.
One can enter the tourney by mailing the following information to Bob Carter, P.O. Box 254, Warren, Maine 04864: Name, address, city, date of birth, handicap index, club affiliation and email address. Include a $75 check.
Carter also can be reached by phone at 273-3471 or by email at email@example.com.
Carter, 63, is 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.
The application for entry into the tournament will, when the event draws closer, be available on the VillageSoup websites and in the Courier Publication newspapers.
Carter said the tourney also plans to make a donation to Knox County Humane Society and PAWS Animal Adoption Center.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 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.
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