cPort's 6th Annual Junior Golf Classic Raises $3,500 for the First Tee of Maine
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Over 100 junior golfers ages 3-17 competed in the 6th Annual cPort Credit Union Junior Golf Classic at Riverside Municipal Golf Course in Portland on Tuesday, which raised $3,500 for The First Tee of Maine. 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 unique format of the cPort Junior Classic allows junior golfers to participate one of three divisions, which are held simultaneously.
In the 9-Hole boys division for ages 9-12, Hugo Cepeda took the first place trophy, shooting a 43, with Jeremy Baker edging out Ethan Mason for second place in a tie-breaker putt-off. Valerie Doucette won the girls 9-Hole division, shooting a 51; Stephanie Rodrigue and Janelle Bryant tied each with 55.
Participants from the Maine Golf and Tennis Academy in Belgrade swept the girls 18-Hole division, with Victoria Valverde taking first place with an 80, Maria Lopez Ceron in second shooting an 80, and Michele Dicke in third with an 82. Zachary DeBlois won the boys 18-Hole division, shooting a 71, with Andrew Cloutier (72) in second place and Brett Brasch (73) in third.
Golfers ages 8 and younger played in a putting contest, with Jade Haylock coming in first place, Matthew Nowak in second, and Isaac Russell in third.
“The idea six years ago was to give junior golfers of all ages and abilities a chance to play in a tournament format similar to adult tourneys, while raising funds for The First Tee of Maine through sponsorships,” says Gene Ardito, President & CEO of cPort Credit Union. Ardito and Ron Bibeau, then head golf pro at Riverside Golf Course, founded the tournament in 2007.
“Some of the best young golfers in the state have started out playing in the cPort Junior Classic,” says Bibeau, who is now the Executive Director of The First Tee of Maine. “It’s a great first tournament experience for golfers of all abilities.”
The 2012 tournament committee included Ryan Scott, general manager at Riverside Municipal Golf Course; Ron Bibeau, Executive Director, Brian Bickford, Director of Golf, and Phil Gignac, Program Director, at The First Tee of Maine; Nancy Storey, Executive Director of the Maine State Golf Association; and cPort Credit Union staff. Maine State Golf Association interns scored the 18-hole division.
Participants in the Junior Golf Classic paid a $10 registration fee and received a gift bag for playing. The tourney concluded with a free BBQ lunch for all players. Awards were announced and all participants were entered into a raffle for golf prizes including Maine Golf & Ski gift certificates, hats, and golf balls.
For more information, click here to visit the tourney's page.