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Thank You 2020 Sponsors

Five Star
Ame & Lulu
Club Car
Bushnell
Cutter & Buck
Ahead

The above sponsors all provided merchandise or prize money for our Chapter events. Please thank their representatives when you see them.

   

Pro-Lady Champions

Pro-Lady Championship @ Biddeford-Saco CC  - 8/12/2021
Individual Professional
Player   Total
Eric Higgins -3 68
Matt Gaynor E 71
Pro-Am - 2 out of 4 Best Ball GROSS
Team   Total
Murken/O'Grady/Landes/Cianchette -5 139
Marr/Jones/Keeley/Whalen +9 152
Pro-Am - 2 out of 4 Best Ball NET
Team   Total
Higgins/Davis/Gilpatric-Smart/MacDonald -17 127
Gaynor/DiBiase/Cross/Corbeau -11 133

For complete results click here!


 

Going into the 2021 State of Maine Championship as one of the favorites, 19-year-old Brunswick GC amateur, Caleb Manuel proved he is currently one of the hottest players in Maine. After two rounds of play, at the challenging Sugarloaf Golf Club, Caleb emerged as the 2021 Champion, joining a group of past champions that include some of the best Maine golfers in the 30-plus year history of the Championship.

The State of Maine Championship is one of the premiere events in the history of Maine golf and attracts the area's top players to boast one of the year's strongest fields. The two-day 36-hole event includes both amateur and professional players from Maine.

Caleb becomes only the third amateur to ever come out on top. Reese McFarlane tied PGA Professional John Hickson in 2017, and Mark Plummer won it four times, in 1990, 1995, 2004 and 2006. Other notable past champions have been PGA Professionals Jeff Seavey (2010, 2011, 2018, 2020), John Hickson (2007, 2012, 2014, 2017), Shawn Warren (2013, 2016) and six-time champion, Bob Darling Jr. (1996, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2015).

“The Loaf” was demanding as ever during both rounds. Playing at just over 6,400 yards, the 71-player field turned in less than 10 rounds below 80 on both days. Results after Wednesday’s round one had Goose River’s Jeff Seavey leading the way with a one-over par 73, followed by Manuel at 74 and Waterville GC’s professional Don Roberts, at 75.

The three of them, playing in the final group of the second day, remained within reach of the title throughout the round. After matching par-3’s on the 8th hole, their 17th of the day, Seavey and Manuel were tied at 4-over-par for the championship, with Roberts 3 shots back. The title literally came down to the last hole as Manuel made par and Seavey made double bogey from over the green, to give Manuel the title, with a final score of 4-over-par 148.

Division winners include:

Overall champion – Caleb Manuel
Professional – Jeff Seavey
Senior Professional – Jim Fairbanks
Low Amateur – John Hayes
Junior Amateur Champion – Kellen Adickes

For complete results go to the Maine PGA Chapter website at www.mechapter.com.

Thanks go to Zach Zondlo, Sugarloaf head professional, and the entire crew at Sugarloaf Golf Club for providing a great venue for this perennial favorite. The course was in the best condition seen in many years and the weather was great for both days.


Pro-Pro Stroke Play Championship

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

2021 ProPro SP Champions

The 2021 Maine Chapter Pro-Pro Stroke Play Championship was contested this past Wednesday, June 23rd at Webhannet Golf Club. Always a favorite venue, Webhannet was good enough to give us a date in the middle of a busy summer week. We had a beautiful sunny day, and the course was in great condition.

A total of 28 PGA professionals in two-man teams participated in the 36-hole, four-ball event. The home club team of Kirk Kimball & Eric Higgins took an early lead, posting a 5-under 66, but that was followed by a seven-birdie, one-eagle, along with only one bogey, effort from Chad Penman & Greg Martin. Their torrid 63 gave them a 3-shot lead after round one. In the afternoon round both leading teams shot 8-under 63s, giving Penman/Martin a 3 shot win.

Thanks go to the Webhannet Golf Club for hosting the Maine Chapter at their first-rate facility. Everyone had great compliments with regards to the conditions of the golf course! Hats off to Kirk Kimball, his grounds crew, as well as the golf shop staff, who made sure everyone enjoyed their day.

Greg Ludes with Titleist and David Turner with Foot Joy, who have sponsored the event for years, were generous as always with multiple tee gifts to all our participants! Patrick DeAngelo, representing Yamaha/NEGC also was onsite and sponsored the championship event. Next time you see Kirk, Greg, Dave or Patrick, thank them for their efforts in making this a wonderful event!

Complete results are available here.

CONGRATULATIONS TO CHAD PENMAN & GREG MARTIN
2021 PRO-PRO STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONS!


2021 Maine ProAm Championship Results

With all four players posting scores in the 70's, a Martindale CC team was able to walk away with the 2021 Maine ProAm Championship with a 10-under score of 132. The home club advantage was too much to overcome for the rest of the field, as two of three Martindale teams finished first and second in the "2 BB of 4 Gross" format event.

Finishing first was the team of PGA Pro Nick Glicos and amateurs Brian Bilodeau, Jace Pearson and Kelly Cates. Led by Pearson's 1-under score of 70, Bilodeau's five birdies and Cates' birdie-eagle finish, the perennial contenders were able to hold off another Martindale Team of PGA Pro Gregg Baker and amateurs Scott Lever, Tyler Morin and Evan Glicos, to capture the championship.

In the Net division the teams of Bob Darling, PGA and amateurs Craig Chapman, Colby Gilbert and Gary Caiani were tops with a score of 13-under 129.

The Individual Professional contest was a close one. Eric Higgins continued his fine play posting an even par 71, followed closely by Greg Martin at 72 and Indiana Jones with 73.

The Maine Chapter wishes to thank Martindale owner Nick Glicos and his staff for hosting this event which was an enjoyable day for all participants.

Complete results are available here.

2021 Maine ProAm Champions


UPCOMING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

Monday, March 22, 2021 | 10:00 AM (1 MSR) Click for Video

Hosted by the Maine Chapter of the NEPGA
 
Applying 2020's Lessons to 2021

Including: Outings & Large Events; Food & Beverage; Tournament Ideas; Merchandising; Staffing; Junior Golf

Save the date in your calendar and use this link to join:
https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/pkxdzvgx


 

2021 Maine Chapter Schedule

Maine PGA Professionals,
Here is a look at the pending 2021 Maine Chapter Schedule. Registration will open on March 15.
 
2021 Maine Chapter Schedule
Mon, March 29 Spring Meeting
Mon, May 10 Falmouth Pro-Am
Tue, May 18 Prouts Neck Pro-Am
Mon, May 24 Brunswick Pro-Am
Tue, Jun 1 Old Marsh Pro-Am
Mon, Jun 7 Woodlands Pro-Am
Mon, Jun 14 Pro-Am Champ @ Martindale
Wed, Jun 23 Pro-Pro SP Champ @ Webhannet
Mon, Jul 19 Pro-Sr Champ @ Augusta
Tue, Jul 27 Sugarloaf Pro-Am
Wed-Thu, Jul 28-29 State of Maine Champ @ Sugarloaf
Tue, Aug 3 Pro-Jr Champ @ Fairlawn
Thu, Aug 12 Pro-Lady Champ @ Biddeford-Saco
Mon, Aug 16 Sunday River Pro-Am
Mon, Aug 23 Waterville Pro-Am
Tue-Wed, Sep 7-8 Chapter Champ @ Rockland/Samoset
Tue-Wed, Sep 7-8 Senior Champ @ Rockland/Samoset
Mon, Sep 13 Cape Neddick Pro-Am
Tue, Sep 14 York Pro-Am
Wed, Sep 15 Webhannet Pro-Am
Mon, Sep 20 Portland Pro-Am
Tue, Oct 12 Northeast Harbor Pro-Am
Wed, Oct 13 Kebo Valley Pro-Am
Tue, Oct 19 (tentative) Fall Meeting

2020 News



Best Practices for Your Facility & Operations

The New England PGA is excited to share a document that has been compiled recently as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has and will contine to affect our New England PGA Professionals, Facilities & Events. NEPGA Playing Through COVID-19 Best Practices for Facilities & Operations provides an in-depth guide for best practices to use at your facility during and after re-opening occurs. Click here for the PDF!


 

Maine Chapter Spring Meeting

In case you missed the Maine Chapter Virtual Spring Meeting held on Tuesday, April 21st, here is a link to the recording. https://vimeo.com/411061469 


 

2020 Town Hall Spring Meeting

4/17/2020

Dear Fellow PGA Professional,

I hope this finds you safe and healthy. As a reminder we will be conducting our Maine PGA Spring Meeting / Town Hall discussion via teleconference on Tuesday April 21st at 10am EST. The link below will allow you to access the meeting through “Ring Meetings”. Please download the app or program to your computer prior to the meeting, full instructions available here. You will receive the appropriate MSR credits for joining the meeting.

The teleconference will cover relevant topics as it relates to our current environment. This will include an update from NEPGA Executive Director Mike Higgins, NEPGA President Allan Belden, PGA Career Consultant, Jim Remy, the Maine PGA Board and most importantly a town hall discussion surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. We highly encourage all our Maine PGA Professionals to join the meeting. A full agenda is available by clicking here.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter and we look forward to seeing you all online this Tuesday.

Thank you,

Chris Twombly, PGA
President
Maine Chapter NEPGA

Click below to

Join Town Hall on April 21

 
 

2020 Spring Meeting Cancelled

Because of the COVID-19 situation the 2020 Chapter Spring Meeting scheduled for April 14th at The Woodlands Club has been cancelled. We will have an online meeting on Tuesday, April 21st instead. More information to follow...


2020 Registration Still Open

In response to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation that is present within our New England PGA Section, the NEPGA Officers, Board of Directors and Staff are working diligently to provide clear and concise information to all our constituents regarding the start of our season and the many events that coincide. We are paying close attention to the suggestions made by our local and national governments, the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control as it pertains to our PGA Members and business, and will act accordingly to maintain the safety of everyone involved.

Out of an abundance of caution for everybody's health and wellbeing, the NEPGA Section has postponed all events through April 15. Accordingly, the Maine Chapter Spring Meeting has been postponed to an undetermined date.

However, registration for all Maine Chapter events is now open and will still be operating as usual during this time. If any event needs to be cancelled or postponed a full refund will apply.

Since this situation is extremely fluid, we are asking for patience and understanding as the status of some or all these events may change in the coming days and weeks.

The Chapter schedule will be updated as rapidly as possible with any changes in status, and all Members are encouraged to check back periodically.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out and thank you for your patience and understanding.

We will continue to be in touch with our Members regarding Section and Chapter activities and recommendations. In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy.

 

2019 Pro-Assistant Championship

2019 Pro-Assistant Champions

It was a great fall day at Purpoodock Club for the last event of the season. Despite a small field we couldn't put this season to bed without a little drama on the 18th hole.

Scott Mayer and Ian Marr were 3-under going in to the last hole. Ian's tee shot went wide left and was lost. Scott found the fairway but had a little trouble finishing out the hole. While Scott was lying on the green in 5 strokes, Ian went back to the tee to hit his third shot. Scott made sure Ian's ball wasn't needed and made a nice putt, carding a double bogey for the team and salvaging the win by one stroke.

Thanks to all the competitors that made 2019 another great season. We look forward to bigger and better things in 2020.

 



We're ready to go.
Thank You Ron Bibeau for helping to create the teams and first day pairings!



The teams are:
North Team South Team
Bob Mathews Ken Raynor
Leon Oliver Eric Higgins
Indiana Jones Jim Fairbanks (Tue)-Matt Gaynor (Wed)
Zach Zondlo Chris Kelloway (Tue)-Gregg Baker (Wed)
Keenan Flanagan Dan Limauro
Mike Dugas Todd Prescott
Jay Durfee Casey Cox
Ron Bibeau Scott Mann

Please show your colors! For those on the North team please try and wear a Blue shirt, Red for South.

The Dugas Cup is a two-day Ryder Cup style get together to mark the end of the season. The event will be held on Tues/Wed, October 8-9 at Cape Arundel Golf Club.

Starting times for Tuesday's rounds are:
  • 8:00 am - Round 1 --- Four-Ball (Best Ball)
  • 12:30 pm - Round 2 --- Foursomes (Alternate Shot)
For Tuesday's pairings Click Here

Wednesday's singles matches will start at 8:00 am.

Reminder: The entry fee, which includes two days of golf & food is $100 per person, payable on arrival. Please bring cash or check.
 

ELECTION AND NOMINATION TIME


It’s that time of year again; time to submit your nominations for our yearly Chapter Awards. Anyone who has been lucky enough to win an award can tell you that it goes a long way in showing value to your home club members and owners.

Please take the time to recognize the hard work, energy, dedication and service of your fellow golf professionals.


The categories to be determined are:
  • Professional of the Year
  • Assistant Professional of the Year
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award
  • Horton Smith Award
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Player Development Award
  • Youth Player Development Award
  • Deacon Palmer Award
  • Patriot Award
  • Merchandiser of the Year; Private, Public & Resort

 
For a brief description of each of the above awards, download the paper nomination form by clicking here. You may email Don your choices, using this form for submitting or you may go online to submit your nominations here.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, October 11, 2019.



ELECTION TIME!    
It’s also election time again! As we get closer to our fall meeting it’s time to nominate someone for a board position or consider running yourself.

This year we will be electing a new President and Vice President, as well as one Director.
 


Our current board members are:
2019 Board of Directors
Tony Decker President Purpoodock Club Term 2019 - 2 Year
Chris Twombly Vice President Prouts Neck CC Term 2019 - 2 Year
Doug VanWickler District Director Woodlands Club Term 2021 - 3 Year
Peiter DeVos Director Kebo Valley GC Term 2019 - 3 Year
Dan Limauro Director Ledges GC Term 2020 - 3 Year
Don Roberts Director Waterville CC Term 2021 - 3 Year
Dan Venezio Director Portland CC Term 2021 - 3 Year
Don Doyon Operations Manager NEPGA

We want to thank Tony Decker for his many years of service to the Maine Chapter and especially the past couple of years as Chapter President. Tony will of course still be around, as he assumes the position of Past President.

Tony, Chris Twombly and Peiter DeVos have come to the end of their terms, so we are seeking nominations for their respective board positions.

If you wish to nominate someone or are interested in running for a board position yourself, please let Don know. Here’s your chance to be part of the governance of your Chapter.

Elections will be held at the fall meeting, which will be at Purpoodock Club, Tuesday, October 15th.


 

2019 Chapter Championship

September 3-4th, 2019

The Maine Chapter Championship is in the books for another year, and what a shootout this one was. The individual stroke play event is contested at Rockland Golf Club on day one and wraps up at Samoset Resort the following day. A field of 23 PGA Professionals made this one very interesting, with a third of the field being within three to four shots of the lead after round one.

 After the dust had settled on opening day, five-time champion, John Hickson, led the way with a 2-under 68. But past champions Jeff Seavey and Don Roberts, carding 69’s, were only one shot back. Three other players, Dave Grygiel, Chris Kelloway and Chad Penman had 70’s and 2019 State of Maine Champion, Jerry Roman, was only three back with a 1-over 71. Also, within reach with a 74, was eight-time champion, Bob Darling Jr…… So, to say that it was “anybody’s ball game” was a definite understatement.

Host PGA Professional Keenan Flanagan of Rockland GC went out of his way again, putting out ribs, chicken, salads etc. for the players after round one. The course was in unbelievable shape and a nice sunny day made round one a great start to the championship.

A chilly start on day two reminded us of the impending cold weather on our door step, but it warmed up nicely and we had another great day of fall golf in Maine. The Samoset golf course proved to be a tougher test on this day, with Hickson carding the only under-par round of the day. His 1-under 69, along with his tournament leading 68 from round one gave him a four shot win over long-time friend and competitor Jeff Seavey. Don Roberts and Dave Grygiel tied for third, five shots back.

Thanks go to the Rockland Golf Club and Samoset Resort for hosting the Maine Chapter Championship. Everyone had great time and both courses were in fantastic shape.

A tip of the hat also to Ron Bibeau of presenting sponsor, Club Car Enterprises and to Becca DiBona of Cutter & Buck who was on the first tee at Rockland GC presenting outer-wear tee gifts to all players.


Pro-Pro Stroke Play Championship

Monday, August 26th, 2019

The Maine Chapter Pro-Pro Stroke Play Championship was originally scheduled for June 10th but due to heavy rains, the event was postponed to August 26th. Webhannet Golf Club was good enough to give us a date in the middle of their busy championship week. This time we had a beautiful sunny day, and the course was in great condition and dry, considering the rain they had just a couple of days prior.

A total of 16 teams participated in the 36-hole, four-ball event. The team of Dave Grygiel & Scott Mayer took an early lead, posting a 5-under 66, but that was followed by an eight-birdie effort from John Hickson & Jeff Seavey. Their torrid 63 gave them a 3-shot lead after round one. In the afternoon round both leading teams shot 3-under, 68s, giving Hickson/Seavey a 3 shot win.

Thanks go to the Webhannet Golf Club for hosting the Maine Chapter at their first-rate facility. Everyone had great compliments with regards to the conditions of the golf course! Hats off to head professional Kirk Kimball, his grounds crew, as well as the golf shop staff, who made sure everyone enjoyed their day.

Greg Ludes with Titleist and Bryan Saylor with Foot Joy, who have sponsored the event for years, were generous as always with multiple tee gifts to all of our participants! Next time any of you see Kirk, Greg, or Bryan, thank them for their efforts in making this a wonderful event!

CONGRATULATIONS TO JEFF SEAVEY & JOHN HICKSON
2019 PRO-PRO STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONS!


Drive, Chip & Putt 2020 Qualifying

The NEPGA's first Drive, Chip & Putt qualifier was recently contested at Val Halla GC in Cumberland, ME. About one hundred boys and girls tried to qualify locallly and move on to the sub-regional at Renaissance GC, with the ultimately goal of making it to the Masters next spring.

To view the results click here.


Prouts Neck CC Pro-Am Results

 

What a day at Prouts Neck Country Club! 123 players braved the high winds and cold for a chance to play this perennial favorite. With the National Weather Service recording winds of 30 mph and gusts of up to 41 mph, it was an interesting day on the links.

With the waters of Saco Bay a mere few hundred feet away, the opening tee shots were guided by the winds to parts normally unknown. An estimate of 25% finding the first fairway would not be a stretch. However, some players seemed to avoid errant shots and managed to post very respectable scores in these conditions.

Zach Zondlo, head professional at “The Loaf”, not a stranger to playing in the wind, was able to post a 1-over 71 and take medalist honors for the day. Shawn Warren, never far away from the top of the leaderboard, followed with an equally impressive 72. Rounding out the top three was Jim Fairbanks at 73.

Jim’s 73 was good enough to place him at the top of the senior points quota field, edging out Don Roberts by one shot.

In the team competition, the foursome of Jim Fairbanks, Tad Woolsey, Steve Mazza & Brandon Wohl, carded a 4-under 136, only to be matched by the Portland CC team of Pat Kowker, Steve Tsujiura, Mike Francoeur & John Walker.

On a side note, this event was designated as a fundraiser for the Maine Chapter Scholarship Fund. An addition to the entry fee of $10 per player made it possible to raise a total of $1,230 to add to the fund.

Erin Henderson from Callaway Golf was on hand at the first tee and gave each player a choice of Callaway balls. Adam Casey of Bushnell Golf provided two Tour V4 Patriot Pack rangefinders for a raffle drawing amongst participating amateurs. The Luck winners were: Leo Paquette of Falmouth CC and Peter Shaw of The Woodlands Club.

The Maine Chapter would like to thank Chris and Robin Twombly for their hospitality. Despite the high winds, everyone seemed to have a great time.
 

Bushnell Winners


Falmouth CC Pro-Am Results

 

What started out as a fairly nice day for our second Pro-Am, quickly turned windy and cold, making it quite a challenge to get around Falmouth Country Club. That didn’t seem to bother Pat Kowker from Portland CC, who played in the second group of the day, carding an impressive one-under 71, despite a triple bogey 8 on the par-five 14th hole. Pat’s round included five birdies and an eagle, to help him to a 3-shot victory over fellow PCC professional Dan Venezio.

Also impressive was Sugarloaf GC professional Zach Zondlo, who despite playing his first 18-hole round of the season, had two eagles and two birdies on his way to a round of 78.

Fred PoulinOur partners at Ping Golf provide a 2019 Ping G410 driver for an amateur raffle prize. The name Fred Poulin was drawn from 33 amateur names, as the winner of the driver. Fred was in his car about to leave but was quick to come back to claim his prize. Congratulations Fred! Ping has donated two drivers this season, so we will have another raffle at a future Pro-Am.

For complete scoring results and statistics go here.

Next on our schedule – Prouts Neck CC where we will have random drawings for a Tour V4 Patriot Pack Bushnell Rangefinder.

 

Old Marsh CC Pro-Am Results

 

Our first Pro-Am of the season might have had a small field, but mother nature cooperated and gave us one of our best days so far. The Old Marsh CC course was in near mid-season condition, making our opening day a great success.

Despite having their share of bogeys and doubles, Eric Higgins and John Hickson managed enough birdies to come away with matching 2-over 72’s and tie for first place individual professional honors. Don Roberts rode a 3 in a row birdie streak through holes 3-5 to a third place 75.

In the best ball team competition, the Webhannet team of Eric Higgins, Joe Alvarez, Peter Rouillard and Tom Nill, playing in the second group of the day, posted a 7-under Gross/Net score of 133, that was never in jeopardy of being surpassed.

The Chapter would like to thank our partners, Club Car Enterprises and Dan & Mellissa Dempsey, for providing extra prize money and tee gifts for this event.

For complete results and statistics click here and go to the photo album tab above for pictures.


 

2019 Maine Chapter Spring Meeting Wrap-Up

April 16, 2019 – Woodlands Club
 
The meeting was called to order at 9:00 am.

Chapter President Tony Decker, PGA, had the members introduce themselves and state how long they have been at their current positions. He then spoke about the fraternity of the PGA Professional. Tony told of a trip out west where he became involved with a group of Golf Professionals of the Year, that through a weekly email blast, share ideas and knowledge of all aspects of the PGA profession. These emails are part education, part inspiration and part motivation. Tony will reach out to all Maine Chapter professionals to see if they are interested in creating a similar email chain. The idea being that you can learn a lot by interacting with your peers.  
 

Next on the agenda was District Director, Doug VanWickler, PGA, who gave a brief recap of some of the duties of his new position. He spoke about the monthly report he presents to the section board and stated that the Maine Chapter is in excellent financial shape. The section will be providing $3,500 to the Chapter from Section partners this year. Doug encouraged all PGA Professionals in attendance to setup direct deposit for any funds coming from the PGA because starting in 2020 they will no longer issue checks.

He also spoke of the “Foundation Foursomes Auction” which is taking place again this season. In the first 24 hours the auction raised over $12,000 for the NEPGA Foundation. Finally, Doug reminded everyone that this fall we will be electing a new Section Secretary and encouraged everyone to get involved in governance either at the Chapter or Section level.
 

Scholarship Committee Chairman, Dan Lemauro, PGA could not attend the meeting but had President Decker present a brief report concerning the scholarship fund. The fund has a current balance of just under $50,000. Dan reminded everyone of the two major fundraisers this season; the Prouts Neck CC and Portland CC ProAms. The entry fee for these two events is increased by $10 per person and in 2018 raised just over $2,000.

One of the biggest changes this year is the decrease in qualifying GPA. Scholarships will now be available for students with a GPA of 3.2 instead of the previous 3.4. It doesn’t sound like a big difference but it’s a first step in getting more of our kids eligible for scholarships. Applications will be available on the Chapter website and will also be emailed to everyone. Deadline to apply is August 1, 2019.
 


Next on the agenda was a report from our Education Committee Chairman, Dan Venezio, PGA.  We will have an education seminar after the meeting at which Dan will go over tips and tricks in using the premium version of the Golf Genius software.
There’s also been some discussion about getting together during the off-season to simply share ideas and best practices or possibly create a “Cracker Barrel” type of seminar. Dan spoke about the NEPGA University and stated that about 200 members have already signed up. The purpose of NEPGA U. is to provide an inclusive, Section-wide platform which facilitates development and inspires growth of the NEPGA Professional by focusing on the following five pillars: Instruction | Merchandising | Personal Wellness | Golf Operations | Career Development.
 
Benefits of University Enrollment **
  • Unlimited Access to NEPGA University Education (On-Line & In-Person)
  • Free Access to NEPGA General Education Seminars
  • Discounted Access to Summits & Symposiums
  • Required Educations MSR’s
  • Low-Cost Education in a timely fashion
  • Ease of Use
 


The Tournament Committee followed, with chairman Peiter DeVos, PGA, giving a brief presentation. He spoke about the survey the Chapter sent out after last fall’s meeting, and how the results of that survey were used, in part, to help create this season’s schedule. The schedule has been published in various formats with two posters, a calendar, pocket schedules and on the Chapter website.

Changes that are taking place this season are the ability for a Professional to have multiple team entries, the amateur payouts will be handled differently to better reward the Professional who takes time out of his busy schedule to play Chapter events, the State of Maine Championship has gone back to a July date and we will be reviving the Dugas Cup tournament at Cape Arundel.

Peiter thanked all our partners, as without them our schedule would not be possible and encourage Chapter members to get involved a try and play more.
 

Chris TwomblyNext came Chris Twombly, PGA, Vice President and chairman of the Awards Committee. He explained that the Chapter wants to give out these awards and give them to different people, but the membership needs to be more diligent in nominating possible candidates and those nominated need to complete the application. This past season, eleven PGA Professionals participated by nominating someone. There was a total of 50 individuals nominated for different awards. 27 of those did not fill out the application, so that left 23 choices for 11 awards.

Nomination forms will be available on line and at each Chapter event. You don’t have to nominate someone for each award. If you’re at an event and the host professional moves you to think he is deserving of recognition, pick up a form and nominate him then and there. Don’t wait until the last minute!

Chris gave a brief rundown of each application submitted by the award recipients. The following received 2018/2019 Chapter Awards:
  • Player of the Year – John Hickson
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Private – Tony Decker
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Resort – Gary Soule
  • Merchandiser of the Year – Public – Rick Altham
  • Youth Development – Brian Bickford
  • Player Development – Brian Bickford
  • Bill Strausbaugh Award – Dan Limauro
  • Teacher of the Year – Jim Ouellette
  • Horton Smith Award – Scott Mayer
  • Patriot Award – Rob Jarvis
  • Professional of the Year – Chris Twombly

For images of the Chapter Award recipients go here.



Operations Manager, Don Doyon, was next with a Chapter Report. Don first pointed out that the 2019 Chapter schedule is now live, and members may start registering for events. Our schedule has been published in multiple formats. Two different posters, pocket schedules, calendars and online.

Also, Don went over that a new website had been built during the off season and he added an SSL Certificate which simply means that the website is secure. This added layer of security decreases the risk of hackers or identity thieves stealing your credit card information, usernames and passwords. The new website is: www.mechapter.com.

Don then discussed our Partnership Levels document which describes in detail what a sponsor would receive for various levels of donation, either monetary or product. The levels start at $250 and go to $3,000 +. A slide was shown with all the logos from our 2019 sponsors and so far, the value of both cash or merchandise is approximately $14,000.

Changes to our tournaments that Peiter had touched on were further discussed. In an attempt to increase participation all ProAms have been setup so that a Pro can bring two teams of amateurs and Don showed a couple of screen shots of what that will look like in BlueGolf.

The other major change is how amateur winnings will be paid. Starting this season any check for amateur prize money will be sent to the Pro’s home club. The current system sends individual checks to the amateur’s home course and sometimes that course doesn’t even have a PGA Pro. It was felt that the Pros that are making the effort to put together a team and come play should have their Pro-shop rewarded. This will simplify the whole process.

Another change is more of a clarification. In the past there was confusion in registering for the Chapter Championship because of the way it was structured. This season it will be simple. Setup as one tournament with multiple flights, the player can choose to play for the overall championship, a combination of overall and senior or senior only.
Don discussed the recent rules of golf seminar and noted that although the Chapter might not schedule another full seminar, the MSGA is offering shorter condensed versions.

The 2018 champions list was displayed and those on the list who were present were asked to stand and be recognized.

Finally, Don showed a summary of the 2018 Maine Junior tour. In addition to the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals that are given out at each event, we have randomly drawn for prizes provided by our manufacturing partners. In 2018 we gave away prizes worth a total retail value of nearly $4,000. Don asked all the attending Pros to considered, as they are cleaning up and resetting their Pro-shops for the upcoming season, to donate any extra items such as hats, towels, clubs and balls to the Junior Tour to be used as weekly prizes.

In closing, Jason Gall of the Wendy’s franchises, was recognized for his generous donation of $3,000 for the second straight year, allowing the Junior Tour some much needed funding which helps keep costs to Juniors and families affordable.
 

Next came a special report from NEPGA Foundation President, Rob Jarvis, PGA. Rob talked about the NEPGA Foundation grants, the deadline of which just recently passed on March 31st, for this period, but he encouraged anyone to apply anyway as there may be more money available after the first round of allocation. Each Chapter is allowed $2,500 in grants and any proposal must have a charitable aspect.

Rob also discussed the Scholarship Fund and reminded everyone that the GPA requirement has been dropped to 3.2 and that scholarships are available for children, step-children and grand-children. There will be an NEPGA Scholarship Pro-Am on October 23rd, 2019 at Eastward Ho CC in Chatham, MA. Next year the event will be at Old Sandwich GC.

Rob then reminded everyone about the ongoing fundraising foursomes auction, emphasizing that even if you can’t donate a round of golf to the auction, please forward the link to your members so that everyone has a chance to bid.
 

Dave McAdams, NEPGA Director of Operations, followed with an update on Section activities. The New England Section is the 9th largest section in the country. The Maine Chapter has 85 Class A Professionals and 16 Associates.

Starting with some constitutional language changes, Dave spoke of section initiatives including the NEPGA Directory App, the new NEPGA website and the monthly news magazine. He then recognized the Section award winners and spoke briefly about NEPGA University. No other section in the country offers anything like this. Currently, NEPGA U has 10 different courses, offering a total of 11 MSR’s.

As Rob previously mentioned, the Foundation grant applications are currently being reviewed, and allocations for the first round will be announced shortly.

The Section will have a total of five PGA Hope programs this year, with three being funded by the PGA of America. There will be training on April 30th at Atkinson CC in NH. If you are interested in starting a Hope Program, you must attend this training to be certified, if you would like the PGA of America to fund your program.

Dave continued with information on the Omega watch raffle. Tickets are $50 each or $100 for three, and the retail value of the watch is $4,850. Proceeds support the NEPGA Foundation.

The Section’s first Drive, Chip & Putt qualifier is Saturday, June 1st at Val Halla. As always, PGA Professionals can earn MSR’s by volunteering.

The New England Section continues to be #1 in the country, with over 1800 players participating in the PGA Junior League Program. The Championship will be held on August 13th at Stowe Acres.

Dave then acknowledge various section partners and stated that the Stroke Play Series is looking for one more site, preferably in Southern Maine, for June 18th.

The Section Championship is slated for August 5-7 at Manchester CC and Concord CC. The Senior Championship is August 20-21 at Woodstock Resort and the PGA Assistant’s Championship is set for September 16-17 at Pocasset GC.
46 Teams signed up for the Vegas Pro-Am on November 10-14, selling out in two hours. The NEPGA is working on setting up a second Pro-Am the week before. Finally, the UK Pro-Am will be October 5-12.

In closing, Dave played a video from Jim Remy, PGA Career Counseling. Jim couldn’t make it to the meeting but wanted to provide everyone his contact information and offer his services.
 

The final presentation was from Brian Bickford, PGA who is the new Executive Director of the Maine State Golf Association. He emphasized that one of his immediate goals in to foster co-operation between the MSGA and the Maine Chapter of the NEPGA. He will also be making an effort to revitalize the Maine Open, by decreasing entry fees, increasing prize money and bringing back a senior division.
 
 
The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 am.

Following the Spring Meeting a 3-hour educational seminar was held with Dan Venezio, PGA offering “Hands on experience with the premium version of the USGA Tournament Management Program (Golf Genius)”. Main topics were:
  • Designing web portals (both the default one to save you work and time and customizing for special events).  
  • Live scoring with the app  
  • Using the Amazon Fire Stick to display leaderboards on TVs or projectors
  • How to keep tabs on season long points for a Twilight League  
  • Using the course handicap data to see if your scorecard is stroked appropriately  

The Chapter board would like to thank the sponsors who were present at the meeting. Without these partners our tournament schedule and programs could not exist.
                                                      
 
                                          
                                                       
 
 
2019 Maine Chapter Schedule
DATE EVENT 2019-LOCATION
Tuesday, April 16 SPRING MEETING WOODLANDS CLUB
Wednesday, May 8 Pro-Am #1 OLD MARSH CC
Monday, May 13 Pro-Am #2 FALMOUTH CC
Tuesday, May 21 Pro-Am #3 (SCHOLARSHIP) PROUTS NECK CC
Wednesday, May 29 Pro-Am #13 RIVERSIDE GC
Monday, June 10 PRO - PRO SP CHAMPIONSHIP WEBHANNET GC
Players Determine PRO - PRO MATCH PLAY Players Determine
Wednesday, June 19 Pro-Am #4 KEBO VALLEY GC
Monday June 24 PRO - AM CHAMPIONSHIP LEDGES GC
Tuesday, July 16 PRO - SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP MARTINDALE CC
Mon/Tues  ~  July 22-23 STATE OF MAINE CHAMPIONSHIP SUGARLOAF GC
Monday, July 29 Pro-Am #6 AUGUSTA CC
Thursday, August 8 PRO - LADY CHAMPIONSHIP BIDDEFORD-SACO CC
Monday, August 12 PRO - JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP NATANIS GC - Tomahawk
Monday, August 19 Pro-Am # 5 WOODLANDS CLUB
Wednesday, August 28 Pro-Am #7 BATH GC
Tuesday, September 3 CHAPTER CHAMPIONSHIP ROCKLAND GC
Wednesday, September 4 CHAPTER CHAMPIONSHIP SAMOSET GC
Monday, September 9 Pro-Am #8 - VETERAN            Travis Mills WATERVILLE CC
Monday, September 16 Pro-Am #9 CAPE ARUNDEL GC
Tuesday, September 17 Pro-Am #10 YORK G&TC
Wednesday, September 18 Pro-Am #11 WEBHANNET GC
Monday, September 23 Pro-Am #12 (SCHOLARSHIP) PORTLAND CC
Tue/Wed, October 8-9 Dugas Cup CAPE ARUNDEL GC
Tuesday, October 15 FALL MEETING PURPOODOCK CLUB
Tuesday, October 15 PRO - ASST. CHAMP / MIXER PURPOODOCK CLUB
 

News from the 2018 State of Maine Championship

Sponsored By:      
Five Star

Professional Division:

Going into the final round with matching five shot leads, the day would pretty much be a match play situation betweenSugarloaf Champions Jeff Seavey and John Hickson for the title. These two had been there many times before and this one didn't disappoint. Neither player ever got more than one shot ahead until the 17th hole. Hickson carded double bogey, bogey on the last two holes, while Seavey made pars on holes 17 and 18, sealing the victory by three shots.

Amateur Division:

Brian Bilodeau playing in the final group with the two Professional Division leaders, was tied for low amateur honors with Justin Beauregard after Round 1. Despite having three 7s on his card, he added three birdies and was able hold on for a one shot victory over charging Jason MacDonald.

Senior Professional Division

Having struggled to a 92 in the first round, Northport Golf Club Professional Robb Herron, came back in round 2 and posted a fine 84 to take Senior Pro honors over Bob Mathews by one shot.

Senior Amateur Division:

Ed Grossman, playing out of Mingo Springs GC, nearly matched his 87 from Round-1, posting a second round 88 to take the Low Senior Amateur title over Tom Foley by eight strokes.

The Maine Chapter wishes to thanks the entire Sugarloaf staff, especially head pro Zach Zondlo and Assistant Indiana Jones, for making everyone feel welcome at this spectacular venue.

Final:  
 

Prouts Neck Pro-Am Wrap-up

Despite a few showers in the afternoon, 104 players were treated to near perfect conditions as they navigated around one of Maine’s finest tracks, Prouts Neck Country Club in Scarborough. Hats off to Head Professional Chris Trombly and his staff for sharing a small piece of their golfing heaven. It doesn’t get much better than teeing off on the edge of the Atlantic, with the beach a mere few feet away.

This Pro-Am was the Chapter’s first Scholarship Event of the season. Entry fees were increased by $10 per player and a total of $1,040 was realized for the Maine Scholarship Fund. A second Scholarship event is scheduled for September 24that Portland Country Club.

With a last name starting with “V”, Portland CC head professional, Dan Venezio probably spent a lot of time at the back of the line in his early years, but at Tuesday, May 22nd’s Pro-Am, Dan stormed to the front with four birdies, carding a 2-under 68 to take low Professional honors. Teeing it up in the 3rd group of the day, Dan got it going in the middle of his round, playing holes 8-13 in 4-under par.

 
 

Pro-Pro Stroke Play Results

Despite a few showers in the afternoon, 104 players were treated to near perfect conditions as they navigated around one of Maine’s finest tracks, Prouts Neck Country Club in Scarborough. Hats off to Head Professional Chris Trombly and his staff for sharing a small piece of their golfing heaven. It doesn’t get much better than teeing off on the edge of the Atlantic, with the beach a mere few feet away.

This Pro-Am was the Chapter’s first Scholarship Event of the season. Entry fees were increased by $10 per player and a total of $1,040 was realized for the Maine Scholarship Fund. A second Scholarship event is scheduled for September 24th at Portland Country Club.

With a last name starting with “V”, Portland CC head professional, Dan Venezio probably spent a lot of time at the back of the line in his early years, but at Tuesday, May 22nd’s Pro-Am, Dan stormed to the front with four birdies, carding a 2-under 68 to take low Professional honors. Teeing it up in the 3rd group of the day, Dan got it going in the middle of his round, playing holes 8-13 in 4-under.