Friday, April 18, 2014
Next Thursday will be a big night for golf professionals Tim Angis of the Biddeford-Saco Country Club and Dick Browne of the Natanis Golf Course. They'll be inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame at the Poland Spring Golf Club and Resort.
The 21st annual celebration of Maine golf begins with a tournament at noon. That's followed by a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m., dinner from 6 to 7 and the induction beginning at 7. There are still openings for the tournament and banquet. For more information, call Gary Rees at 368-4907.
Harry C. Webber, one of the first promoters of golf in Maine, will be inducted posthumously. Webber first published the Golf in Maine booklet in 1930 and kept it going for 20 years.
He was an original member of the Maine Seniors Golf Association.
Angis, who has been the head golf pro at Biddeford-Saco for 18 years, remembers going to the course when he was 8 or 9 and receiving instruction from the pro at the time, Bryce Roberts.
The Angis family has been deeply involved in the game. Tim's brother, Chris, is a golf professional and his late brother, John, was also a golf pro. Chris Angis works with his brother at Biddeford-Saco as the teaching pro.
"My brothers dabbled in golf when they were young. They gave me a club when I was little," said Angis. "We lived behind the Thornton Academy football field and I would hit shots. I liked doing it."
That was the beginning of a career that took him to the highest level when he played in the 1993 PGA Championship. Angis also got a taste of the life of a pro golfer when he played off and on for three years on the Nike Tour, now the Web.Com Tour.
Angis also played in the 1980 U.S. Amateur and is a seven-time Maine chapter PGA champion.
As for being inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame, Angis said: "I'm absolutely thrilled. It puts me with a class of people I'm extremely proud of being part of."
Browne will feel a range of emotions when he receives his honor.
He joins his late father, Paul, and his brothers, Robert and James, as inductees.
The Browne family are owners/operators of Natanis Golf Course, a 36-hole facility in Vassalboro.
Browne has been the director of the high school state golf championships at Natanis for 25 years.
"I wish my father and two brothers were around to see my induction. I'm really not big being in the spotlight but I'm definitely going to enjoy it because a lot of people made it possible."
TEE TO GREEN: Matt Greenleaf of Portland followed up his win in the state Match Play Championship with a victory in the St. John Valley Open at Aroostook Valley in Fort Fairfield a week ago. Greenleaf shot 67-75-142 for a two-shot margin.
The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame golf tournament, postponed last month because of rain, was rescheduled for next Saturday. There are still openings for the tournament at Aroostook Valley. For more information, go to www.maine basketballhalloffame.com.
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