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Tee it up: Seacoast Security Golf Classic back on course

By Ken Waltz | Apr 09, 2021
Artwork by: Christine Dunkle

After a year off course due to COVID-19, the Seacoast Security Golf Classic will return in 2021, with the addition of a new course, 18 holes and a third day.

Robert Carter, the event director, said the amateur stroke-play tournament will increase from 36 holes and two days to 54 holes and three days — with an additional Lincoln County course.

The courses golfers will play on consecutive days are Sheepscot Links Golf Club in Whitefield, Goose River Golf Club in Rockport and Rockland Golf Club. Two of the courses are located in Knox County and one in Lincoln County.

The event, which again will provide donations to Knox County Humane Society and PAWS, is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, June 18-20.

The tournament is open to golfers from any club and area.

Prizes will total at least $2,000, Carter said.

The entry fee is $105 for three rounds of golf and a banquet. Cart fees are not included. There also will be separate, individual action at each course for each round.

The tourney format is individual stroke play by flights and prizes will be awarded for gross and net. Should there be enough entries, women's and/or junior flights will be added.

The event begins with 18 holes at Sheepscot Links on Friday, June 18, before moving to Goose River on Saturday, June 19 and finishes at Rockland on Sunday, June 20. The post-tourney awards banquet will be at RGC after the final day's play.

The event was held six years as a two-day, 36-hole event at Goose River and Rockland before the pandemic sidelined the event.

Rockland is a par-70 layout, Goose River par-72 and Sheepscot Links par-72. Goose River and Sheepscot Links are nine-hole layouts with different tees. Rockland has 18 separate holes.

In 2019, James Anderson of RGC used his impressive all-around game to work through the difficult conditions and finish first gross overall at 79-71 —150. He bested Chip Allen, a former champion, who was second at 78-73—151, by a stroke.

It was the second straight year Anderson outlasted Allen by a shot for the crown.

In 2018, Anderson outlasted Allen, the defending champion, by one stroke — 148-149 — for the overall title. Ricky Jones won in 2014 and 2016, Allen in 2017 and Anderson also in 2015.

Senior players can hit from the forward tees, but, if they do, are not eligible for the overall championship.

The event usually attracts a bundle of senior golfers. In fact, half the event's participants often are ages 62 and older.

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

For more information, call Carter, who started and continues to nurture the event, at 648-4111 or email rcjcsccc@gmail.com.

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