Fourth Annual cPort Credit Union Junior Golf Classic Raises Money, Increases Opportunities for Kids to Compete
PORTLAND, Maine (August 11, 2010) – Four years in a row cPort Credit Union has been blessed with a picturesque day on which to hold their annual Junior Golf Classic. This year was another success, as young golfers converged on the Riverside North and South courses to participate in the fun and friendly competition.
The 18-hole Boys’ Division finished in exceptional style, with only one shot differentiating each place. Held at the Riverside North Course, past top finisher Kyle Bourassa of Falmouth shot a 74 to claim victory and the first place trophy. Mike Arsenault of Gorham placed second with a score of 75, and young Zack Luce of Portland placed third with a 76. Elena Ritter, in her first year playing golf took the Girls’ Division first place trophy.
Experienced players 12 and under participated in the 9-hole tournament played at the Riverside South Course. The 9-hole Boys’ Division provided a great opportunity for up-and-comers on the golf circuit to showcase their skills. First place went to Daniel Molokie with a score of 42. Molokie is a member of the Northern California First Tee program in Sacramento and was in Maine visiting relatives. Cumberland’s Tate Porter and Eric Clemens claimed the second and third place trophies respectively, rounding out the 9-hole boys’ play.
The 9-hole Girls’ Division winner was Savannah Schelling of Westbrook, who improved on her score and second place finish in last year’s tournament. Second place went to Taylor Veilleux of Buxton and Leea Moody of Portland placed third.
Eight beginner players, many of whom are students in Portland’s First Tee Program, participated in a putting contest on the First Tee putting green. Dylan King placed first, and was followed by Caleb Cholod and Gabe Russey in second and third, respectively.
All putting contest winners reside in Portland.
Gene Ardito, President and CEO of cPort Credit Union exclaimed, “cPort is pleased to run this tournament offering children of all ages and golfing abilities the opportunity to enjoy the game of golf and to heighten the camaraderie and sportsmanship the game instills. This is a unique event and once again the Riverside staff and head pro Ron Bibeau provided a terrific venue for the juniors to enjoy.”
In addition to the tournament, cPort Credit Union hosted a free barbeque for all participants and their parents; participants also received a gift bag with golf-related materials. cPort Credit Union raised funds from sponsors and made donations to The First Tee of Maine - a partner in the junior golf efforts - and its elementary school college scholarship program.