BANGOR — Jason Harvey of Bangor will be among the favorites when the inaugural Bangor Golf Classic opens today with a field of 88 players at Bangor Municipal Golf Course.
“Harvey certainly has to be considered one of the favorites,” said Bangor Muni head pro Brian Enman.
Harvey, the Husson College baseball coach, won the 2009 Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament, but he isn’t lacking for potential contenders, including Thomas Murray, Nick Carparelli and Brian Johnson of Bangor.
“Thomas Murray is 15 and a member of the Bangor High golf team,” said Enman. “He shot 69-71 to win the club championship by three strokes.”
Carparelli is at the other end of the age spectrum, but he has been playing well, too.
“He shot a [6-under-par] 65 here [recently], and he’s 65, too,’’ said Enman.
Enman pointed out that Carparelli has been playing at Bangor as long as it has been open.
“Nick said he [and a friend] played the first 18-hole round here,” added Enman. “They were in the third or fourth group off [in July 1964], after the dignitaries, but [the dignitaries] quit after nine holes, so he said they were the first to play 18.”
The field will have four divisions, three for men and one for women.
Only eight women signed up, but Enman said that was due to a conflicting local event.
Liz Coffin will be carrying the banner for the Bangor women, while Micki Meggison and Katherine O’Grady will challenge her.
Enman was pleased with the turnout of players from the host club. That doesn’t always happen at clubs that host tournaments because some members wonder why they should pay to play at their own course.
“There are quite a few members playing,” said Enman. “They’re doing well to support it.
“They thought this was something we should be doing, and they were asking for it really.”
Play starts at 7 a.m.
For Sunday’s final round, Enman expects that only the final group, maybe two, will be re-paired.
There is a crystal trophy for the gross winner in each division.
“We wanted something that was nice,” said Enman.
Besides the merchandise credit prizes, there are also raffle prizes.
“Most everybody should walk away with something,” said Enman.
With good weather forecast for the weekend and the course in good condition, Enman is looking forward to a good tournament.
“We want people to have a good time and a good experience,” he said. “We want to make it a yearly event people look forward to.”