Amateur golf

Heavy hitters in inaugural Seacoast Security Classic field

Multi-time Maine Amateur champion Jones among participants
By Ken Waltz | Jun 23, 2014
Artwork by: Christine Dunkle

The first Seacoast Security Classic golf tournament field is set to tee off Friday through Sunday, June 27-29 and includes a bundle of heavy hitters — led by multi-time Maine Amateur champion and past U.S. Amateur qualifier Ricky Jones of Thomaston — and a slew of experienced Midcoast links veterans and young guns.

The 53-golfer field, which includes three women, will play 54 holes — 18 per day — on the Samoset Resort Golf Course in Rockport the first round, Goose River Golf Course in Rockport the second round and finish at the Rockland Golf Course for the third round.

Among the top golfers in the field are Jones, who plays out of the Samoset and sports a minus-0.8 handicap, which essentially means the talented athlete gives away nearly a stroke to the course before he starts his round.

Also in the field are James Anderson of Tenants Harbor, who plays out of Rockland, who sports a 2.6 handicap; Jon Hardy of West Rockport, who plays at the Samoset, a 4.3; Chris Seavey of Thomaston, who plays at the Samoset, a 5.3; and Jaime Boutin, who plays at the Samoset, a 5.8.

There are others in the 7-to-10 handicap range, including Brian Wickenden of Camden (Goose River), Paul Spizzuoco of Rockport (Rockland), Peter Lynch of Warren (Goose River), Riley Flanagan of Rockland (Rockland), Adam Lynch of Warren (Goose River) and Charles "Chum" Berry of Camden (Goose River), who are topflight golfers and may have a shot at the overall tournament title.

However, with Jones in the field, and if the Thomaston resident is on his game, all others could battle for second before the tourney's first shot is struck. Jones has a boatload of state and New England titles to his credit and has played with and against some of the best amateurs in the country in tourneys.

The Seacoast Classic, spearheaded by director Bob Carter, is a new event with an old, somewhat historic, Midcoast flavor.

The tourney is the next generation of the former Knox County Amateur Championships held in the 1980s and 1990s.

The 54-hole, three-day, three-course competitive individual stroke play event will be contested at the Samoset Resort, Goose River and Rockland.

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 tourney for men and women will award prizes in gross and net. Prizes will be awarded by flights. There will be additional awards for seniors and juniors.

The post-tourney 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 additional golfers to each individual course on only one day of the three-day event.

Carter said the flight handicap cutoffs probably 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 the tourney plans to make a donation to Knox County Humane Society and PAWS Animal Adoption Center.

Tee times are scheduled for the first two days of the event, while pairings and tee times will be changed for Sunday's final round. The tee times for the first two days include:

Friday, June 27, Samoset Resort

7 a.m. —  Ricky Jones, James Anderson and Brian Wickenden.

7:10 a.m. — Jon Hardy, Paul Spizzuoco and Peter Lynch.

7:20 a.m. — Chris Seavey, Riley Flanagan, Adam Lynch and Kyle Durkee.

7:30 a.m. — Jamie Boutin, Charles Berry, Ewie Greet and Mark Manzi.

7:40 a.m. — Charlie LeRoyer, Kelly Macomber, Armand Lesmerises and Art Schrom.

7:50 a.m.  —  Benjie Blake, Sandy Ellsworth, Dave Cook and Chad Blake.

8 a.m. — Roger Wickenden, Justin Brownell, John Spear and Greg Jones.

8:10 a.m. — Kerin Resch, Craig Stevens, Ed Socker and Dean Sasek.

8:20 a.m. — Nick Lapham, John Crysler, Paul Lombardo and Peter Smyth.

8:30 a.m. — Jon Wickenden, Mike Gray, Peter Smith and Dante Ravelli.

8:40 a.m. — David Olivas, Mike Weatherwax, MarkMcGuirl and Henry Garretson.

8:50 a.m. — Jim Annis, Phil Doherty, Steve Roberts and Warren Marshall.

9 a.m. — Mark Haskell, Orrin Parker, Rick Creamer and Paul Quijano.

9:10 a.m. — Brenda Berry, Leslie Spear and Mary Garretson.

Saturday, June 28, Goose River (split times due to 9-hole course)

7 a.m. — Ricky Jones, James Anderson and Brian Wickenden.

7:10 a.m. — Jon Hardy, Paul Spizzuoco and Peter Lynch.

7:20 a.m. — Chris Seavey, Riley Flanagan, Adam Lynch and Kyle Durkee.

7:30 a.m. — Jamie Boutin, Charles Berry, Ewie Greet and Mark Manzi.

7:40 a.m. —Charlie LeRoyer, Kelly Macomber, Armand Lesmerises and Art Schrom.

7:50 a.m. — Benjie Blake, Sandy Ellsworth, Dave Cook and Chad Blake.

8 a.m. —Roger Wickenden, Justin Brownell, John Spear and Greg Jones.

8:10 a.m. — Kerin Resch, Craig Stevens, Ed Socker and Dean Sasek.

12:30 p.m. — Nick Lapham, John Crysler, Paul Lombardo and Peter Smyth.

12:40 p.m. — Jon Wickenden, Mike Gray, Peter Smith and Dante Ravelli.

12:50 p.m. — David Olivas, Mike Weatherwax, Mark McGuirl and Henry Garretson.

1 p.m. — Mark Haskell, Paul Quijano, Rick Creamer and Orrin Parker.

1:10 p.m. — Jim Annis, Phil Doherty, Steve Roberts and Warren Marshall.

1:20 p.m. — Brenda Berry, Leslie Spear and Mary Garretson.

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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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