Wednesday, April 16, 2014
The field is nearly set for the second Legends Tour event at Falmouth Country Club. The Harris Golf Charity Classic, with a total purse of $200,000, will have a field of 40 former LPGA players, including five members of the LPGA Hall of Fame.
They will play 36 holes on a challenging course that features traditional New England style holes on the front nine and links style holes on the back nine.
The tournament will be Sept. 14-15, with separate pro-am events on the 12th and 13th. Last year's tournament, called the Hannaford Community Challenge, was won by Sherri Turner, who collected a first-place check of $30,000. Turner, of Phoenix, will be back to try to defend her title.
Hall of Famers in the field are Pat Bradley, Donna Caponi, Joanne Carner, Patty Sheehan and Hollis Stacy. Thirty-nine pros are guaranteed spots in the tournament. The 40th player will come from a qualifying tournament on Sept. 11 at Falmouth. Five players will vie over 18 holes for a chance to get into the field.
Some of the other players in the tournament include Jan Stephenson, Rosie Jones, Cindy Rarick, Val Skinner, Sally Little, Sherri Steinhauer, Christa Johnson, Nancy Scranton, Danielle Ammaccapane, Donna Andrews, Jane Blalock, Kris Tschetter and Jenny Lidback.
For the second straight year, The First Tee of Maine will be one of the tournament's charities. The other charity will be Camp Susan Curtis.
Tickets can be obtained at www.harrisgolfcharityclassic. com or at any of the nine Harris Golf courses. A $20 ticket is good for both days, and also for a free round at any of the eight Harris Golf semi-private courses: Bath, Freeport, Highland Green, Mere Creek, Old Marsh, Penobscot Valley, Sunday River and Wilson Lake.
TEE TO GREEN: Jim Van Fleet captured the Maine Seniors Championship last week at Dunegrass Golf Club in Old Orchard Beach. Van Fleet, an eight-time consecutive Great Chebeague Island golf club champion, had rounds of 74 and 71 for a 145 total. Truman Libby placed second at 150, followed by Alan Bouchard (153), Ron Dery (154), Tom Bean (154) and Gary Manoogian (154). Dunegrass was in good condition for the tournament, with fast and firm greens.
Shawn Warren of Nonesuch River Golf Club captured the Maine Chapter of the NEPGA section championship at Biddeford and Saco Country Club after shooting rounds of 64 and 69. Jerry DiPhilippo of the Portland Country Club and Tim Desmarais of Purpoodock tied for second at 140. Bob Mathews of Rockland won the chapter's senior championship with a 68. DiPhilippo was second with a 71, while Mike Baker of Point Sebago was third with a 72. ...
On the Exotics Tour, an in-state pro-am tour run by Harris Golf, Warren has two solo wins and a three-way tie for first in three events. The tournament is Thursday at Old Marsh. The fifth and final event will be Oct. 2 at Falmouth. ...
The 16th New England Seniors Championship will be played at Portland Country Club on Sept. 17-18. ...
Maine Boys to Men has partnered with The Edge Academy, a baseball and softball training facility in Portland, to host a tournament Thursday at Martindale Country Club in Auburn. There are still openings. The cost is $115 per person. Lunch will be offered after nine holes, and there will be a dinner after the round.
Maine Boys to Men is a Portland based nonprofit organization that seeks to reduce interpersonal violence by providing positive personal development education for both youth and parents. To enter the tournament, call The Edge Academy at 878-2600 or email mcoutts@Maine.rr.com.
Staff Writer Tom Chard can be reached at 791-6419 or at: