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!

Rapid Response Team

Heavy rains on Friday, July 9th, moved the bridge between No. 2 Green and No. 3 Tee off of its supports. There are also some wet areas on the course, and the bunkers will need to be replenished. The course was closed for the day, and this included the driving range, practice green and chipping area. (The Saturday Junior Clinic is not scheduled to meet until the 24th of July)

Robb Herron marshaled a number of volunteers to begin repairs. Alan Blood and Doug Tonner showed up with excavators, and Rick Cronin, Jeff Dutch, and Ken Gordon were on hand to assist as needed.

(Click an image to enlarge)

Putting the Bridge Back in Place

Unfortunately, the fun Caddy for the Shack tournament, scheduled for Saturday afternoon, was also cancelled. The committee will meet this week to discuss the logistics of rescheduling, and finishing the Silent Auction. In the meantime, you still have time to make a bid on the items located in the banquet room at the Pro Shop.

The sun was out on Saturday, and the course was drying out. It is expected to be open on Sunday, July 11th. In spite of a few problem areas, the course still looks great, as you can see from these shots taken at No. 3 and No. 2 green:

A big thank you to all who came out to help, and to many others who called the Pro Shop to see if more volunteers were needed.

4th of July Flag Tournament

The Independence Day Flag Tournament was rained out on Sunday, the 4th. Fortunately, the weather was perfect on the following day, and lots of golfers showed up to plant their flags. The rules are simple – add your handicap to 72, and once you have reached that number of strokes, plant your flag. The flags making it to the farthest distance will be in the winner’s pool.

Winners for this year’s annual flag tournament:

1stTim RileyHole 20$75.00
2ndButch Norman15’ from Hole 19$55.00
3rdRandy Berry20’ from Hole 19$45.00
4thDave HodgdonCollar Hole 19$40.00
5th Tie – Alex CarrollHole 18$32.50
Tie – Mark WallaceHole 18$32.50
7thTie – Jenna CalerHole 17$16.50
Tie – Chad PlaceHole 17$16.50
Tie – Tiffany HodgdonHole 17$16.50

These photos are from last year’s Flag Tournament, well worth another look:

Mike Marshall Scores a Hole-In-One

Congratulations, Mike 🏌️‍♂️⛳️🏅🎉. Mike Marshall scored his first ever Hole-In-One on July 1st. Mike used a 5-iron to hole out his Titleist Tour Soft golf ball on the 154 yard 12th hole at Northport Golf Club. Keith Wass and Richard Dinsmore witnessed Mike’s great shot.

Congratulations, Mike! And thank you for your many volunteer efforts at NGC, including leading the Thursday Rangers. Mike has served on the NGC Board of Directors and also chaired the Membership and Marketing Committee. He continues to serve on the committee and helps with many of the club’s membership activities.

Mike is on a roll this summer, having also won first net in the Roger Lothrop One Day Member-Guest Tournament. Mike credits his grandson, Nate, for their first place net finish, but we suspect Mike contributed his fair share to the win. Keep the magic going, Mike!