The Golf of Maine News for May 28, 2017

Par for the Course: Fenn-Ross tourney a real throwback — In 1896, a nine-hole golf course was opened, making Poland Spring the oldest resort course in the United States. The purpose of the golf tournament is to raise funds for the Poland Spring Historical Preservation Society, which supports the Maine State Building and All Souls Chapel, two of the most striking buildings on the resort’s beautiful grounds.

How often should you change your golf ball? — And here we thought it was as simple as replacing our ball each time it goes in the pond!

Toledo was born in poverty, now he’s playing a Trump course for himself and others — Donald Trump wants to build a wall between Mexico and the United States. The whole world knows that. Toledo is fine with it. “A wall is a boundary. Just like the wall of your house.”

The Golf of Maine News for May 27, 2017

Two veterans watch President Bush tee off during the Warrior Open in Irving, Texas, 2011. [PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS]

Golf tournament keeps alumni coming back — A group of Scarborough High School alumni will convene at Willowdale Golf Club in Scarborough next month for much more than a round of golf. Over the past three years, the event has raised $65,000.

Heroes on the Golf Course — Nick credits his family and golf for his recovery. While he brags that he “played great” this year, the highlight was having his daughter meet the former president, who he says “inspires me every day to get better in life.”

Columnist calls Fred Funk’s remark sexist, elicits reaction from Funk’s son — The columnist’s agenda drove the narrative. At The Golf of Maine, we will resist any efforts by SJW’s to infiltrate the world of golf.

Clearing Up Some Myths About Preferred Lies — “Preferred lies”, “Lift, clean and place”, “Playing the ball up”. Whatever you call it, your scores can be posted.

So, You Want To Have A Backyard Putting Green? — Yes we do!

Golf’s Global Reach: Just How Many Of The World’s 245 Countries Have Courses? — There are a total of 33,161 global facilities and 567,111 golf holes. Western Sahara is waiting for an architect to design an all-bunker course.

Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail celebrates 25 years — We launched this site with the goal of seeing Maine become a golfer’s destination vacation. “The Trail hosts more than 1,100 events each year. Almost 12 million rounds of golf have been played on the courses. More than half a million golfers play on the trail each year. It hosts visitors from all 50 states and an average of 20 foreign countries.”

What to wear on the golf course — Please just stop wearing blue jeans on the course unless you’re replacing the irrigation system, okay?

The Real Cost of Hosting a USGA Event —  Hosting a USGA National Championship can bring a club notoriety and prestige—along with a major financial headache

Sometimes a Cigar is Just a Work-out Aid…

The Golf of Maine News for May 26, 2017

Summer is a Rumor at this Point [image courtesy of]
A Few Upcoming Golf Events in Maine — Next weekend’s Mid Coast Amateur Championship at Bath Golf Club is sold out, but Bob Marley tickets for Saturday, June 3rd are still available; 20th annual Fort Fairfield Athletic Boosters Club Memorial Day Golf Scramble will be held Saturday, May 27, ​at Aroostook Valley Country Club; 24th annual David R. Harding Memorial Golf Tournament with a noon shotgun start on June 6, at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor; 15th annual Golf Fore a Cause tournament will be held Monday, June 12, at Waterville Country Club; 28th annual Bethel Area Chamber Golf Classic, June 19, Bethel Inn Resort; Brewer Parks & Recreation Department, in cooperation with Pine Hill Golf Club, is offering golf lessons for women, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, beginning June 8; Aroostook “House of Comfort” will host its fifth annual charity Golf Classic on Saturday, June 17, at Presque Isle Country Club; Pine Tree Hospice shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, June 10, Foxcroft Golf Club.

Gavin Dugas enjoys strong debut season for Husson — The Maine Central Institute graduate and Husson sophomore placed 16th in a field of 215 golfers at the NCAA Division III Championship last week in Howey-In-The-Hills, Florida. Dugas plays for his father, Mike Dugas, the pro at JW Parks Golf Course in Pittsfield and Husson’s golf coach.

95% of parents think golf is good for kids — Good for the kids = good for the family = good for the game = good for society.

Arizona State wins 8th NCAA women’s golf title — It came down to Strom, who was all square in her match. Strom rolled in a 7-foot par putt on the 18th to extend the match, and she won in 19 holes, with Madeline Chou of Stanford three-putted from 40 feet away on the fringe.

RELATED: Lighten up: Too tough is bad for NCAA women’s optics — “But we’re not at the LPGA level. We’re not the U.S. Open. We’re at a college golf event, and we have to create a situation where it tests the world-class players but we also don’t lose the general population of women’s college golf.”

Golf wants to depoliticize Donald Trump’s U.S. Open. Is it feasible? — With half the nation clearly unable to accept reality, being lead by a hostile media force, is it possible to just have a golf tournament anymore?

RELATED: Players defend Trump at Senior PGA With your Senior Tour Card comes wisdom and maturity. “I believe in almost every policy he believes in,” Funk said. “That he’s, I mean, less regulation, smaller government, protect our border, bigger military, less taxes. I don’t have a problem with anything.”

Off for a Round of Golf? Didn’t Think So — The number of U.S. golfers has fallen about 30 percent since 2002, call it Peak Tiger Effect, but has stabilized recently.

If a snake offers you a golf ball, would you take it?

The Golf of Maine News for May 25, 2017

Our clubs did this a few times during yesterday’s round…

The results in this week’s Golf of Maine poll, regarding the practice of leaving rakes in, or out of bunkers, stands at 66% IN to 33% OUT, which is fine with us! We’ve always felt that once in a hazard, encountering a rake is part of the hazard. But leaving the rake outside the hazard creates a sort of secondary hazard that lies in wait outside the bunker. Vote now before we change the poll question, and leave your remarks in the Comment Bar below!

Goings-On at Point Sebago — DEMO Day this Saturday with the new Callaway, Titleist, Cleveland and Srixon on the range from 10 AM to 3 PM; Memorial Day Scramble, Monday May 29, 8 AM; Member/Member, June 3 and 4; Point Sebago Match Play Championship Begins June 10. Sign up by June 4.  Call the Pro Shop for more details, (207) 655-2747.

Did I Play to My Handicap? — The system is built around the concept of Course Rating, which impacts us all even though its definition ties to a “scratch” golfer. When you are given handicap strokes, you receive the number of strokes necessary to play to the level of a scratch golfer. If the scratch golfer is supposed to shoot the Course Rating, then those handicap strokes relate to the Course rating as well.

10 Things Golfers Really Hate — Even the most ardent golf fan will have a long list of things that annoy them about the game, here are 10 examples you might just be able to relate to.

New Release: Tom Doak’s Little Red Book of Golf Course Architecture — Anyone who has followed Doak knows that he is not shy about offering opinions on course architecture, which is what makes this new collection so enjoyable and educational.

Golf: A team sport in which the player is all alone — More than a game, golf is a way of living life. “For instance, golf is self-officiated,” he said. “The kids are on the course in a foursome. A rule will come up, and they have to call it themselves. They have to call rules on themselves. It’s an honor code.”

USPS To Release Golf Ball Stamp — Recognizing the traditional, old-school values that permeate the golfing universe, the USPS gambles that golfers still write letters, too.

 We Always Wish We Had Spent More Time on the Putting Green. How Much Time Do You Put into Practicing Putting?

The Golf of Maine News for May 24, 2017

Lightning Strikes 13th Green – “Looks like God got a hole in one on 13!” [Click image for story]

Spector among 10 MPA Hall of Excellence inductees — Abby Spector broke new ground for women’s golf in Maine, winning the first of her seven state amateur championships at age 15, and now is the teaching pro at Riverside Golf Course in Portland.

5 Cultural Controls of Golf Course Maintenance — The author’s explanation of cultural controls is rather simple: manipulation of the growing environment. Or, more specifically, manipulating the growing environment using a variety of management techniques.

ASU’s Monica Vaughn rallies to win NCAA women’s golf title — We caught the tail-end of this very exciting match. “In a stunning turnaround at Rich Harvest Farms, Vaughn made up a four-shot deficit with four holes to play with two birdies and a lot of help from Wake Forest sophomore Jennifer Kupcho, who led the entire final round until a triple bogey on the 17th hole.”

15-year-old golfer advances through US Open local qualifier — Akshay Bhatia is like a lot of 15-year-olds. He’s growing taller, growing into his body. He has braces. He fiddles with his phone. But Bhatia isn’t a typical 15-year-old on the golf course.

U.S. Open Qualifying Three Weeks Out — Here’s a comprehensive look at the Exemptions List. Tour completes first test of range finders — The first of four test events allowing players to use distance-measuring devices during competition on the Tour was held last week with largely positive, albeit incomplete, feedback from players and fans.

DEAN & DELUCA INVITATIONAL Jordan Spieth, the defending champion at Colonial, has missed three of his last four cuts. The exception was a tie for 11th in the Masters.

Our playing partner remarked yesterday that Jordan Spieth seems to never have recovered from his debacle on the 12th Hole at the 2016 Masters. This caused us to go back and watch it again. Golf is a mental game…

The Golf of Maine News for May 22, 2017

Gorham Country Offers Complimentary Rounds to America’s Bravest

Gorham Country Clubs Hosts “Thanking The Men & Women Who Keep Us Safe” — This Memorial Day weekend Gorham Country Club would like to thank veterans and current members of the armed forces, firefighters and police officers with a complimentary round of golf. Contact Gorham Country Club for details.

Par for the Course: Bridgton Highlands boasting new look, less trees — “If you have not played Bridgton Highlands in a number of years, you might not recognize the course. The new look is part of an overall plan of the ownership, general manager Jim Mains, the course management group of Dan Hourihan, and superintendent George Thomas. Their goal was to open the course and make it more playable.”

The New Superintendent’s Survival Guide — This article breaks down the areas of opportunity for a new superintendent and shares strategies and career tools that will help you find success in your new superintendent position whether you are a true rookie or seasoned veteran with a new address.

14 Rules of Golf Etiquette You Are Probably Breaking — These are all good practices to act on immediately, if you haven’t already observed these common courtesies. We’d advise even shorter search times on #5.

RELATED: A Quick Nine: What are your rules on gimme putts? — Situational ethics apply…

This is your turf — How green is your valley, apron, fairway and green? These basics will enhance results for both the professional Superintendent and the suburban lawn warrior.

Regions Tradition 2017: First golf experiences from the gallery — What’s your first golf gallery memory or experience? Share it in the comments. 

This week’s Poll Question regarding rakes and bunkers is currently running 63% IN to 37% OUT – If you haven’t voted yet, watch this video before you decide…

The Golf of Maine News for May 18, 2017

Gavin Dugas teeing off at the 2017 NCAA DIII Championship on May 17, 2017. (Photo by Mike Dugas)

Men’s Golf Places 36th at the 2017 NCAA Championship, Dugas Makes the Cut  Husson’s sophomore Gavin Dugas made the cut as an individual after carding a 148 (72-76), becoming the first golfer in program history to make the cut since Husson joined the NCAA in 2004.

Dugas, Clark, Flynn, Plourde among MSGA scholarship winners — Eric Dugas of Pittsfield, Seth Clark of Seal Cove, Hunter Flynn of Presque Isle and Bailey Plourde of Newcastle are among 13 high school seniors who have earned college scholarships from the Maine State Golf Association Scholarship Fund.

Golf Retail Sales Associate — DICK’S Sporting Goods is seeking a part-time golf sales associate in the Golf Department to join our team in South Portland.

When golf goes to Washington — A golf course is not a massage parlor, hot-tub facility or tanning salon. And yet, since at least the early 1980s, the federal government and specifically the tax code has in fact done just that.

So You Want to Establish a Handicap Index… What’s Next? — Welcome to the club! In order to establish a Handicap Index, a player must first join a licensed golf club. A licensed golf club doesn’t have to be a private golf club or a “green grass” facility.

RELATED: Handicap Chair Occupies Important Seat at the Table — A club’s handicap chair serves as an advocate for golfers while making sure scores are fairly and accurately posted.

659 Venues Spanning 43 Countries Around the Globe To Host Women’s Golf Day Events on June 6 — Is your club participating? Only one location in Maine, Bucksport Golf Club at this date. View the map.

10 Gorgeous Golf Courses For Sale — Have you ever dreamed of owning your own golf course? Well, now’s your chance. For just a small fee, you can turn your dream into reality. Here are 10 notable golf courses currently for sale across the United States.

Playing Golf on Acid with Hunter S. Thompson — George Plimpton, Hunter S. Thompson and this other guy, and one of them has a shotgun in his bag.

Shotgun Start Gets a New Meaning