cPort's 5th Annual Junior Golf Classic Raises $3,000 for the First Tee of Maine


cPort Credit Union presented The First Tee of Maine with a $3,000 contribution, the proceeds from the 5th Annual cPort Credit Union Junior Golf Classic held at Riverside Municipal Golf Course on July 19th. The Junior Golf Classic was another success this year, marking the fifth consecutive year of close-to-perfect weather for the tourney. Over 80 junior golfers of all ages and abilities competed on the Riverside North and South courses in 18-hole, 9-hole, and Putting Contest divisions.


“cPort is proud to support The First Tee with this tournament, and to provide a great day for the kids. It’s a great opportunity for kids of all ages and skill levels to experience the feel of a tournament, which is like 3 tournaments in one,” said Gene Ardito, President and CEO of cPort Credit Union. The First Tee of Maine is an educational nonprofit that offers programs and instruction which focus on developing Life Skills using the game of golf as its vehicle.


The tournament committee included Ron Bibeau, Golf Professional, Ryan Scott, General Manager, and Chris Nappi, Asst. Golf Professional of Riverside Municipal Golf Course; Dave Cross, Executive Director, and Brian Bickford, Director of Golf, at The First Tee of Maine; Nancy Storey, Executive Director of the Maine State Golf Association; Kyle Bourassa, a tourney participant and golf management student, and cPort Credit Union staff.


Placing first in the 18-hole Boys’ Division was Mike Arsenault of Gorham, shooting a 70, while Rocco Spizuoco edged out 2010 winner Kyle Bourassa for second place in a putt-off; they both shot a 72. In the 18-hole Girls’ Division, Emily Lunt of Yarmouth took home the first place trophy, shooting a 90. Maria Cianchette won second place with 101, and Rebecca Goodman won third with 108.


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 Matthew McDevitt of Cumberland with a score of 45. Dex Demann and Connor Buckley claimed the second and third place trophies respectively.


The 9-hole Girls’ Division winner was Jenna Pavis of North Yarmouth, shooting a 48. Second place went to Erin Holmes and Isabel Porter placed third, both from Cumberland.

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. Ryan Stimson of Scarborough won first place.


In addition to the tournament, cPort Credit Union hosted a free barbeque and raffle for all participants, who also received a golf gift bag for participating. Said Ardito, “It was a fun and educational day on the golf course for the kids.”


For more information, click here to visit the tourney's page.


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