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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.
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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:

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
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
Players Determine PRO - PRO MATCH PLAY Players Determine
Wednesday, June 19 Pro-Am #4 KEBO VALLEY GC
Monday, July 29 Pro-Am #6 AUGUSTA CC
  Monday, August 19 Pro-Am # 5 WOODLANDS CLUB
Wednesday, August 28 Pro-Am #7 BATH 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

News from the 2018 State of Maine Championship

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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.


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.