We celebrated the completion of the new maintenance building on Sunday, May 22nd. An Open House was held in the afternoon, following the Member-Member Tournament.
Terry Whitney served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Terry started the program by recognizing Robb Herron and John Hickson, the NGC Board of Directors, and our Lifetime Members: Ann Collins, Phil and Joan Bowen, Terry and Roxy Whitney, Jeff Dutch, and Karl and Martha Beiser. Terry also thanked Karl and Martha for their help with the property for the new building. Lee Woodward also provided legal support, and the NGC Members appreciate Lee’s assistance.
We were pleased to have several dignitaries join us. State Senator Chip Curry and State Representative Jan Dodge both said a few words. It was an honor to have them at our Open House, and we thank them for their support.
Also joining us was Dorothy Havey, Executive Director of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce. NGC appreciates the support of Dorothy and the Chamber of Commerce (Mark September 9th on your calendar for the Annual Belfast Chamber Tournament).
Ken Gordon served as Project Manager for the maintenance building, and did an excellent job, bringing the project in on time and within budget. Ken thanked those involved in the project success, especially given the unusual circumstances of the times – Covid, supply chain delays, raging inflation of building materials, worker shortages, and so on.
Ken recognized several groups and individuals for their efforts:
– First off would be the Northport Planning Board and Code Enforcement Officer for their assistance permitting the project.
– Next would be Maine Coast Construction and its president John Davee who were dedicated to delivering a cost-effective project.
– And to Alan Blood for all the site work, along with his partner Preston Ward for tree removal.
– Thanks to David Riley for the paving under our material bunkers.
– And thanks to Butch Norman helping to guide us through the installation of a new power line.
– And to Good Deeds for unraveling some property line issues.
The NGC Board of Dirctors would like to once again thank the many members who donated to make this project happen. And special thanks to Paul Doody, Chairman of the fund raising efforts.
The highlight of the day was the actual ribbon cutting. Sue Gordon, President of the NGC Board of Directors, did the honors. She was assisted by Dorothy Havey, Robb Herron, John Hickson, and Ken Gordon. Special assistance provided by Emrick, Sue and Ken’s grandson.
The fun didn’t end with the ribbon cutting. John Hickson presented the results of the Member-Member Tournament. The Men’s Division Champions were Steve Drake and Keith Parker. Jenna Caler and Kelsey Richardson (not shown) won the Women’s Division: (click images for larger versions)
After the announcement of the tournament winners, Paula Herron and Annie Pickford picked the winners of the raffle for gift certificates at the Pro Shop. Representative Jan Dodge was one of the happy winners.
Thank you to the members of Northport Golf Club, and the many project volunteers, all of whom made this new building possible. Thank you to Sue Gordon and Annie Pickford for organizing the successful Open House, to Warren Westbo for promotional efforts, to the NGC Board members who provided refreshments for the event, and to the staff who made sure everything was ready and ran smoothly.
The Best Ball event took place on Sunday, May 22nd. The morning started with low visibility and heavy fog, but cleared by 10am. We had a full field, with both Men’s and Women’s Divisions. The tournament results were announced at the Open House and Ribbon Cutting for the new maintenance shed, which started after the tournament concluded.
The results, as reported by Tournament Director, Terry Whitney:
Champions – Keith Parker, Steve Drake (64) Randy Berry, Ian Sady (66), Bob Delio, Greg McDaniel (66) Dave Potvin, George Cushman (67)
B Flight – Terry Whitney, Phil Bowen (67), Keith Ashey, Howard Clark (67), Preston Ward, Jesse Johnson (68) Jeff Dutch, Barry Porter (68) Tim Riley, Don Pendergast (68)
Ladies Champions Jenna Caler, Kelsey Richards (68), Sue Hodgkins, Roxie Whitney (71) Barb Peaslee, Sharon Besso (79)
Pins A Flight (3) Preston Ward 9-6, (9) Randy Berry 4-3 (12) Jesse Johnson 3-7 (18) Jesse Johnson 0-19
B Flight (3) Dave Potvin 8-11 (9) Larry Gallagher 8-8 (12) Keith Ashey 20-5 (18) Greg McDaniel 4-11
Here are photos from the day. Many of our members are camera shy, so we didn’t catch all the winners.
Sue Gordon, NGC Board President, has a new update, all about What is Happening at ”Northport.”
Welcome new members and staff, returning members and staff, and new directors.
Our new Pro, John Hickson has been settling in and looking forward to warmer, drier weather, along with the rest of us. Joining the Pro Shop staff are Ron Tirrell and Tim Riley, a familiar face. Garrett Hamlin and Dennis Nadeau are working on the grounds crew. New members of the Board of Directors are Keith Parker and Kevin Dains. Let’s all make them feel welcome in their new positions.
A little sprucing up:
The aging gray fence at the entrance and along the front of the parking lot will be replaced with cedar split rail fence. The new fence should weather naturally and will not require painting. Work is scheduled for the middle of July.
The porch has been rejuvenated with new chairs and tables donated by the Wednesday night Scotch players.
An open house for the new maintenance building will be held on May 22nd after the Member-Member tournament. Come and see the bright, spacious building with mechanical work area and lift, our “new to us” slope mower, a slide show of the project, and enjoy some tasty refreshments. Additional details will be emailed soon.
Bowen Beautification Fund Quilt Raffle
A beautiful quilt made by Joan Bowen is on display in the clubhouse. Proceeds will go to the Bowen Beautification Fund which was established to beautify the course. Joan has dedicated countless hours to planting and caring for many of the colorful plants and shrubs which blossom every year. Raffle tickets are on sale and the winning ticket will be drawn at the Ryder Cup tournament on June 26th.
The spring weather has been a challenge for getting out on the course for a round of golf. Although tee times will not be required until May 20th, please check in at the pro shop before heading out to play.
Enjoy your time on the course!
Here are a few photos of members hitting the course early in the season:
NGC Board President, Sue Gordon, has an announcement:
Greetings Dear Members,
There are some changes coming to Northport Golf Club for the 2022 season. For the last 7 Years, Robb and Paula have put their heart and soul into their work at the club, Robb as Pro and Superintendent, and Paula as Pro Shop Manager.
But, at this point in their youthful lives, they have decided to ease into semi-retirement. Fortunately for “Northport” that does not mean that they are leaving us.
This is not the end of the road, just a turn in the road.
Robb will remain as Superintendent and Paula will continue to help in the Pro Shop. We are extremely grateful that they have decided to stay on at Northport Golf Club.
We are pleased to announce that John Hickson has signed on as our new Golf Pro and Pro Shop Manager.
John grew up in Hampden and graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Business Management. He has been a Golf Pro for 35 years, working at various clubs in New England and Florida. He has an impressive teaching background and is a certified club fitter. John has won PGA Section Player of the Year 5 times and becomes Northport’s 5th Maine Golf Hall of Fame Pro. He is quite personable and will be a great addition to our team.
We look forward to welcoming John to Northport Golf Club in April.
Special thanks to our Pro Search Committee: Terry Fancy, Jeff Dutch, Terry Whitney, Robb Herron and myself for putting the job posting together, screening and interviewing the applicants, and selecting our new Pro.
Most of you likely received your own copy, but I wanted to point out one important item from the Maine State Golf Association December’s Leader in the House Newsletter.
The lead story is about Eli Spaulding who is an amazing young golfer. What you may not know is that Eli is the grandson of NGC member Bruce Spaulding. The list of Eli’s recent accomplishments as shown in the article is truly amazing. However, one highlight that is not listed is that Eli and granddad Bruce posted the low gross score at this year’s Lathrop Member-Guest Tournament at NGC. (Paula Herron also pointed out that Eli’s father, Andy, worked at the golf course in the 1990s.)
I think we’re going to hear a lot more about Eli in the coming years.
Be well and stay safe.
Source: Maine State Golf Association December “Leader in the House” Newsletter
This is a good opportunity to share Photos from the Roger Lothrop Tournament, held on June 13, 2021. Bruce Spaulding and grandson Eli took First Gross. Mike Marshall and grandson Nate captured first net. Jeff “Doc” Dutch and Terry Whitney volunteered for Grillmaster duties.
Here is the fall edition of Sue Gordon’s “What’s Happening at Northport?”
Congratulations to Travis Curtis on winning his 13th consecutive Special Olympics golf championship! Best wishes for a terrific trip to the Nationals in Orlando.
Chamber of Commerce Nomination
Our golf club has been nominated for the Waldo County Business Award. This is a great honor for Northport Golf Club. Thank you to all who voted for Northport Golf Club, and the other great businesses in our community.
The construction of our new maintenance building has taken longer than expected due to delays in the shipment of its components, but it is almost complete. The electric and lighting are now finished. This building is 2 ½ times more spacious than the old one!
Settling in for the winter!
The new roll up doors arrived and were installed in early November as planned. They open with the touch of a button and are whisper quiet… a vast improvement over the old arm strong ones 😉
Thank you for your generosity in making the dream of a new building become a reality. The donor recognition plaque which lists well over 100 donors is on display in the clubhouse.
The board voted to take advantage of the rise in the real estate market, and list the lower lot on Bluff Road. With the help of Bill Pickford and Lee Woodward, the lot has sold and the transaction has been successfully closed.
The fall membership promotion has gone well, with 13 new memberships. Thank you for choosing to play at Northport whether you are a new member, or a not so new member.
As the season has come to an end, please join me in thanking Robb and Paula, who do a fantastic job to keep the course and the club running smoothly and in great shape. Thank you also to the grounds crew and the pro shop staff and our many volunteers.
Congratulations are in order for Northport Golf Club member, Travis Curtis. Travis recently won the 2021 Maine State Special Olympics Golf Tournament which was held at the Poland Springs Country Club. With this victory, Travis has now won 13 consecutive Maine State Special Olympics championships. Amazing!!!
As Maine State Special Olympics champion, Travis will be representing Maine next summer at the National Special Olympics tournament. The National Tournament is held once every four years and will be played this coming June in Orlando, Florida. Playing at the National Tournament is nothing new for Travis. Over the years he has represented Maine at the tournaments held in Nebraska (2010), New Jersey (2014) where he won a bronze medal, and Seattle, Washington (2018) where he again was the bronze medalist.
Thank you to Mike Marshall for providing the details of Travis’ amazing win! Please congratulate Travis if you see him in the course.
The End of Year Scramble was held after Awards were given on Sunday, Sep 12th. Low Gross winners – the team of Steve Bartlett, Sheila Marriner, and Mike Marriner shot a stunning 63! Low Net winners Elaine Bielenberg, Kevin Dains, Steve Drake, and Niel Wienges shot a Net 57 (and just one shot back with a gross score of 64).
Complete results shown below:
2021 Final Awards Scramble
September 12, 2021
1st Low Gross
S & M Marriner, S Bartlett
2nd Low Gross
R & T Whitney, A Fritz, P Bowen
1st Low Net
E Bielenburg, K Dains, S Drake, N Wienges
2nd Low Net
B Norman, T Riley, B Littlefield, J Herzberg
3rd Low Net – 3 way tie
J Sapoch, D Marston, B & B Barrett
J Mehuren, K Ashey, H Clark, G Cushman
M Knox, G Monroe, H Homans
1st Cumulative Pins
S Bartlett, S & M Marriner
2nd Cumulative Pins
B Delio, G McDaniel, E Roberts, S DeHayes
Robb Herron sent the field off with instructions to play well and be nice to each other. Kevin Nickerson made sure everyone had lunch at the turn. Big thanks to Kevin and all who helped put the event together.
Apologies for not getting more photos of golfers in action – we were having too much fun. Here is just one of the teams which might have placed in the money, had those putts not skimmed the edge of the hole – all day long!!! (G McDaniel, S DeHayes, B Delio, & E Roberts)
This was a great opportunity to play with new people. Thanks to all who joined in the fun, and to our tireless volunteers and staff who made the day a success.
The final awards scramble was held on Sunday, September 12th. Sue Gordon, our NGC Board President gave the opening remarks, and then awards were presented to the winners of the major tournaments held during the year. After the ceremony celebrating our 2021 winners, those present played a fun 18 hole scramble. Players were treated to delicious grilled burgers and hot dogs at the turn, with Kevin Nickerson wearing the grillmaster’s hat. The Scramble Tournament will be covered in a following blog post – Part 2.
There was also a very special award this year. Terry Whitney read a proclamation from the Board of Directors, highlighting extraordinary service by Ken Gordon. Ken is the volunteer project manager for the new maintenance building, and has been instrumental in getting the project done. Ken was presented with the “Claude E. Clement Award for Meritorious Service”.
Terry and Jeff Dutch also presented the special plaque that will hang in the clubhouse, highlighting the many members and patrons whose generous donations made the new maintenance building a reality.
We then moved to the awards presentation for our 2021 season winners. Terry Whitney announced the winners and Robb Herron presented the trophies. A list of winners follows. In addition to the tournament winners, Terry W announced the Player of theYear – congratulations Mark Wallace!Elaine Bielenberg & Paul Doody were named Most Improved for the 2021 season. Hole-in-One commemorations went to John O’Neill, Mike Marshall, and Mike Lannan.
Men’s Club Champion – Championship Flight
Men’s Club Champion – First Flight
Men’s Club Champion – Second Flight
Men’s Club Champion – Third Flight
Ladies Club Champion – Championship Flight
Ladies President Cup
Men’s President Cup
Member Member – Men
Bob Delio & Harvey Peterson
Parker / Bartlett McCay / Doran (tie)
Member-Member – Ladies
Sue Hodgkinss & Roxie Whitney
Sheila Mariner & Pat Wood
Lothrop Member Guest
Mike Marshall & Nate Teitelbaum (1st Net)
Bruce Spaulding & Grandson Ely (1st Gross)
Preston Ward & Eric Lacroix
Steve Drake & Carmen Logan
Player of the Year
Elaine Bielenberg & Paul Doody
John O’Reilly, Mike Marshall, & Mike Lannan
Scotch Foursome Gross
Jenna Caler & Randy Berry
Leslie Eaton & Ian Sady
Scotch Foursome Net
Brenda & Bob Barrett
Phyllis Gaul & Lee Woodward
Here are some photos from the awards presentation. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to attend, but we will add photos if we can catch the missing winners at the golf course. Click on one of the photos for a larger version, or to play a slideshow of the winners.
There was one final award, given in the spirit of fun … The Armpit Award goes to the club member who did something particularly notable during the year. There were apparently several contenders, but the winner was Jeff Dutch. The incident involved a missing Keurig coffee maker, but we are not at liberty to provide more details 😊