A Champion in the Making

Hi Everyone:

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.

Mike Marshall

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.

President Sue Gordon’s Update

Here is the fall edition of Sue Gordon’s “What’s Happening at Northport?”

Our Olympian

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.

Project Update

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.  

Real Estate 

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.

New Members  

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.

Winding Down

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. 


Travis Curtis wins Maine State

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.

2021 End of the Year Awards & Scramble: Part 2 – The Scramble

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 ScrambleSeptember 12, 2021
1st Low GrossS & M Marriner, S Bartlett
2nd Low GrossR & T Whitney, A Fritz, P Bowen
1st Low NetE Bielenburg, K Dains, S Drake, N Wienges
2nd Low NetB Norman, T Riley, B Littlefield, J Herzberg
3rd Low Net – 3 way tieJ Sapoch, D Marston, B & B Barrett
J Mehuren, K Ashey, H Clark, G Cushman
M Knox, G Monroe, H Homans
1st Cumulative PinsS 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.

2021 End of the Year Awards & Scramble: Part 1 – The Awards

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 the Year – 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 FlightMark WallaceAlex Carroll
Men’s Club Champion – First FlightTerry WhitneyAlan Blood
Men’s Club Champion – Second FlightKeith ParkerPaul Doody
Men’s Club Champion – Third FlightScott HawthorneLarry Jones
Ladies Club Champion – Championship FlightJenna CalerLisa Desmarteau
Ladies President CupLisa DesmarteauJenna Caler
Men’s President CupRick CroninScott Hawthorne
Four BallChase/SadyBerry/Johnson
SeniorsPreston WardDave Wentworth
Super SeniorsRick CroninPhil Bowen
Member Member – MenBob Delio & Harvey PetersonParker / Bartlett
McCay / Doran (tie)
Member-Member – LadiesSue Hodgkinss & Roxie WhitneySheila Mariner & Pat Wood
Lothrop Member GuestMike Marshall & Nate Teitelbaum (1st Net)Bruce Spaulding & Grandson Ely (1st Gross)
Member-GuestPreston Ward & Eric LacroixSteve Drake & Carmen Logan
Player of the YearMark Wallace
Most ImprovedElaine Bielenberg & Paul Doody
Hole-in-OneJohn O’Reilly, Mike Marshall, & Mike Lannan
COUPLES EVENTFirst PlaceSecond Place
Scotch Foursome GrossJenna Caler & Randy BerryLeslie Eaton & Ian Sady
Scotch Foursome
Brenda & Bob BarrettPhyllis 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 😊

What is Happening at “Northport”

We are pleased to post a second newsletter update from our NGC Board President, Sue Gordon. Thank you for the update, Sue. Also, all of us at NGC would like to send good wishes to Sue as she recovers from shoulder surgery.

Project Update – New Maintenance Building

Steel for the new building arrived on Friday, August 20th! Installation has already started, and is expected to take about a month to complete.  Your patience is appreciated during the construction as you play your round. The new power line has been completed and electricity is once again flowing to the maintenance shed. Thank you to Terry Whitney for loaning his generator while this work was in progress.                                                            

The photos below show the construction progress from August 17th to August 26th (click on a photo to scroll through the gallery and see larger versions of the photos):                                                                                                                                                                         


Feeling Lucky???

The ladies’ group is sponsoring a 2022 membership raffle.  Tickets are $20 each and are available in the pro shop.  You may buy more than one if you wish.  The value of the membership is $650 and may be applied to a couple or family membership if desired.  The drawing will be held at the awards ceremony on September 12th.  In order to hold the raffle, 33 tickets need to be sold.

New Crew

Donnie Pendergast has joined the crew to mow fairways.  Give him a wave if you see him in action while you are out playing. Donnie came on board in July.

Other new staff members are Carla Noyes and Tyler Herron. Carla is helping in the Pro Shop. Tyler is the son of Robb and Paula, and he will be helping out for the rest of the season.  Welcome Don, Carla, and Tyler!


An Unexpected Gift

The club has received a very generous donation in memory of a beloved former member.  The board deeply appreciates this gift and has developed a plan to utilize it for the long-term benefit of the club.

Enjoy your time at the course! 

2021 Scotch Championship Results

The rainy weather held off just long enough on August 22nd for the Scotch Championship Tournament to take place. Thank you to all who came out for Scotch this season, and congratulations to the winners:

The 2021 Scotch Champions (Low Gross) are Jenna Caler and Randy Barry. The team of Leslie Eaton and Ian Sady had the second place low gross score.

The first place low net winners are Brenda and Bob Barrett. Brenda and Bob won a playoff against the team of Phyllis Gaul and Lee Woodward, who took second low net.

Other winning teams included

3rd Low Net – Elaine Bielenburg & Jeff Dutch

4th Low Net (Tie) – Shirley Caler & Steve Drake, and Brenda & Jim Boulier

6th Low Net (Tie) – Sue & Peter Hodgkins, and Sheila & Mike Mariner (each won $1 !!!)

Special thanks to Paula Herron for capturing photos of our winners (not only for this tournament, but throughout the season). It is not easy trying to corral these folks for a photo!

2021 Member Guest Tournament

The Member-Guest Tournament, held August 6th through August 8th, was quite a success. The weather cooperated, and a field of 32 teams competed during the three day event.

Preston Ward and Eric Lacroix

The overall winners were Preston Ward and Eric Lacroix – well done, gentlemen! Second place winners were Steve Drake and Carmen Logan. Phil Bowen and Ray Ross followed with third place. Kudos to the overall winning teams, and to all of the flight winners. And let’s not forget Mike Lannan, who scored a hole-in-one on opening day.

Thanks to Terry Whitney and the tournament committee for organizing the event; to Robb, Paula, and the staff for covering all the details, including Shirley and Jenna Caler who served breakfast to the players. Thanks also to Annie Pickford, Kelsey Richards, Megan Ferris, Lisa & Jim Desmarteau, and all of the other volunteers who assisted throughout the weekend. And of course, a special thank you to the course maintenance crew, who have kept the course in such beautiful condition this season.

Paula captured this great video as the teams roared towards their tee assignments on Saturday (Make sure to listen with the sound on).

Women’s Fun Scramble

It was a busy and exciting weekend at the course on August 6-8th . The Men’s Member Guest was quite a successful tournament (more coming on those results). On Saturday, August 7th, the Women’s Group held a fun scramble tournament after the guys finished their first round. The winning team was Vivian Fuller, Nancy Thompson, and Susan Haynes. Claiming second were the Dancing Flamingos – Annie Pickford, Kelsey Richards, Shirley Caler, and Jenna Caler. The bronze medal went to Elaine Bielenberg, Janet White, Edith Roberts, and Mary Ann Darbelnet.

After the fun scramble, Terry Whitney and Paul Doody grilled hamburgers for the ladies. Thank you! Congratulations to the winners, and to everyone who came out for a fun day. If you missed this year’s event, be sure to check it out next year.

Mike Lannan Scores an Ace

Northport Golf Club is happy to announce the third hole-in-one this season. The lucky member of the Ace Club is Mike Lannan. On Friday, 8/6, Mike used his 6 iron on the No. 3 Par 3 hole. He used a pinnacle golf ball. Congratulations, Mike!!!

Mike really knows how to start off the three day Member Guest Tournament! Mike joins Mike Marshall and John O’Neill, all three making a hole-in-one this season at Northport Golf Club.

We also have a photo of Mike and his partner, Vern Rainville, returning to Bayside after their first day of tournament play. (Photo credit to Dan Webster, who shared this photo in his Bayside Picture of the Day. Check out BaysideMaine.com for more stories and information about Bayside.)

Love the matching outfits!