ROCKLAND — Two days and 36 holes of the annual Seacoast Security Golf Classic are in the books and a familiar name sits in the cat’s-bird seat as the 40-plus competitors prepare to tee up for the final round on Sunday, June 19 at the Rockland Golf Course.
And to add excitement to the event, one golfer — namely, Kelly Macomber — recorded the first hole-in-one in tourney history.
In the chase for the overall tournament title, which comes from the A Flight, multiple-time event winner Ricky Jones is first at 153, with Jon Hardy second at 158 and Adrian Morgan third at 159.
Jones shot 73, Hardy 73 and Morgan 77 in the opening round, while Jones followed that with 80 in the second round, while Hardy had 85 and Morgan 82.
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This year’s amateur stroke-play event, contested at the Sheepscot Links Golf Club in Whitefield (Friday), Goose River Golf Club in Rockport (Saturday) and Rockland Golf Club (Sunday), includes previous champions, including defending titlist Jones.
In B Flight, Shane Grindle leads the pack by a stroke at 163, while Randy Mast is second at 164 an Charles “Chum” Berry third at 169. In C Flight, Tom Rowe is first at 173, Paul Lombardo second at 187 and Steve Dailey third at 189.
Macomber aced the 138-yard, par-3 second hole at Sheepscot Links on Friday.
Golfers dealt with a little rain on Friday and cooler conditions on Saturday.
The tourney teed off with more than 40 participants, including a handful of the Midcoast’s most talented amateurs, in the three-day, three-course, 54-hole event Friday through Sunday, June 17-19.
Robert “Bob” Carter directs the event, which supports animal shelter leagues in Knox County and, this year, will hold a 50/50 raffle to support junior golf, in honor of Theodore Hedstrom, a young area athlete who lost his life in a house fire in Camden.
The tourney includes three flights, with prizes for gross and net.
A banquet/awards ceremony will be on Sunday afternoon, following the tourney, at RGC.
In 2021, Jones finished first and James Anderson second. Both, along with handful of other low-handicappers who could challenge for the overall title, are back in this year’s field.
Other 2021 flight winners included Berry in ‘B,’ Dan Umphrey in ‘C,’ and Steve Dailey in ‘D.’
The tourney tests the mettle and skill of the golfers, including an always-strong group of those 60-and-older, on a trio of distinctly different courses over three days — usually in a myriad of conditions, from wind to rain to idyllic early -summer weather.
In last year’s 60-plus-golfer field, Jones led Hardy by three shots and Anderson by four heading into the final round on Sunday at RGC, where Jones holds the course record at 60 for 18 holes.
So catching Jones on a perfect day, with perfect conditions on a course he knows like the back of his hand was, well, too tall a task for the others.
Jones finished 71-78-71—220 for first, while James Anderson ended six shots back at 73-80-73—226 to earn the runner-up spot.
In A Flight, Ricky Jones finished first gross; James Anderson, second gross; Jon Hardy, third gross (matching cards with Adam Lynch); Kyle Weaver, first net; Dan Dalfonso, second net; and Paul Schelble, third net.
In B Flight, Charles “Chum” Berry finished first gross; Dana White, second gross; Lincoln Page, third gross; Isaac Brower, first net; Dylan Morong, second net; and Mike Schroeder, third net.
In C Flight, Dan Umphrey finished first gross; Kelly Macomber, second gross; Harvey Wheeler, third gross; Rogers Wickenden, first net; Bill McCalmon, second net; and Jorge Leon, third net.
In D Flight, Steve Dailey finished first gross; Mark McGuirl, second gross; Henry Garretson, third gross (matching cards); Rick Ericson, first net; Mike Weatherwax, second net (matching cards); and Paul Lombardo, third net (matching cards).
Golfers enjoyed solid weather conditions on Friday, with heavier wind in the afternoon. On Saturday, however, the morning groups had to deal with heavy rain for a period of time, which certainly adversely affected their scores, before the day turned beautiful. Sunday’s weather was idyllic.
In the end, the tourney returned in a significant way for the summer of 2021, with 61 participants, including two multi-time champions and several family members. That again is the case this year.
The 2020 event was canceled due to COVID-19.
Golfers in A, B and C Flight play three 18-hole rounds over three days on three courses, as opposed to the pre-pandemic tourney play of 36 holes over two days and two courses.
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 to create 18 holes. Rockland has 18 separate holes. Two of the courses are located in Knox County and one in Lincoln County.
Tee times on the nine-hole course are staggered in two slots — early and late morning. At RGC, times start and end in the early morning.
Previously, the event was held six years as a two-day, 36-hole event at Goose River and Rockland before the pandemic sidelined the tourney.
Carter said the tourney provides donations to Pope Memorial Humane Society in Thomaston and PAWS Animal Adoption Center in Camden.
A 50/50 raffle also will be held as the proceeds were donated to The First Tee of Midcoast Maine in honor of Theodore Hedstrom, a teenager student-athlete, and avid golfer, who lost his life in a Camden house fire over the winter.
The tournament is open to golfers from any club and area.
The entry fee was $125 for three rounds of golf and banquet. Cart fees are not included. There also is separate, individual action at each course for each round.
In 2019, 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.
For more information, email Carter at email@example.com.
The tee times for the final round on Sunday, June 19 at Rockland are:
8 am — Henry Garretson, Bill Willis and Paul Lombardo.
8:10 am — Craig Stevens, Randy Mast and Peter Smith.
8:20 am — Paul Quijano, Steve Dailey and Warren Marshall.
8:30 am — Tom Rowe, Mike Weatherwax, Dean Sasek and Armand Lesmerises.
8:40 a.m. — Matt McKeon, Ewie Greet, Nate Fowls and Rick Erickson.
8:50 a.m. — Mark McGuirl, Mark Anderson, Lincoln Page and Shane Grindle.
9 a.m. — Mike Schroeder, Kelly Macomber, Richard MacDonald and Charlies “Chum” Berry.
9:10 a.m. — Dante Ravelli, Andy Arey, Mark Manzi and Mike Bonzagni.
9:20 am — Tim Foley, Matt Eldridge and Kerin Resch.
9:30 am — Adam Wilcox, Paul Schelble and Adrian Morgan.
9:40 am — Jon Hardy, Adam Lynch and James Anderson.
9:50 am — Peter Lynch, Jamie Boutin and Ricky Jones.
Plenty of Midcoast spring student-athletes earn KVAC accolades