BANGOR, Maine — Although they number only eight players out of 89 entrants, the women competing in the inaugural Bangor Golf Classic think that total is likely to rise in future years.
The Bangor Golf Classic, being held Saturday and Sunday at Bangor Municipal Golf Course, has four divisions, including one for women. That’s why the ones who took part as it got under way Saturday turned out.
“We want to show if a tournament puts a women’s division in, we’ll support it,” said Marilyn Rice of East Holden.
While most of the women playing are Bangor Muni season passholders, the tournament did draw a couple of tournament veterans from southern Maine, Micki Meggison and Kathi O’Grady.
“They said there aren’t that many tournaments they can play on the weekend in the state,” said Jean Young of Brewer.
Liz Coffin of Hampden remembers back to the former Captain Nick’s tournament that had a similar format.
“It was competitive, and fun, too,” she said.
She sees the same terms applying to the Bangor Golf Classic, which is sponsored by Massimo’s Cucina Italiana restaurant in Bangor.
“I hope [tournament organizer and Bangor assistant pro Rob Jarvis] sticks with it,” said Coffin.
Coffin took care of the competitive part as she posted a 5-over-par 76 Saturday and leads the women’s flight by four strokes over Meggison and five over O’Grady.
Coffin and some of the other women gathered after the round, laughing about the day’s events and looking forward to Sunday.
“I hope it’s a success and can be continued every year,” said Young.
“We like it,” said Rice, “and this is a good time of year for it, too.”
They thought more women would play, but part of the reason why a number of them didn’t was a ladies member-guest tournament Saturday at Hermon Meadow Golf Club. They expect that more local women will play next year if there are no conflicting events.
On the men’s side, Todd Lee of Bangor posted Saturday’s best round and leads the A flight (handicaps 0-8) with a 2-under-par 69. Nick Carparelli of Dedham and Jason Harvey of Bangor are a stroke back, and Rob Tiensivu of Orrington is at even-par 71.
Topping B flight (handicaps 9-15) are Eric Fowle of Gorham and John Johnson of Bangor at 77, and Joe Rollins of Hampden heads C flight (handicaps 16 and up) by four strokes after posting an 81.
Jarvis is going with the sentiment expressed by most of the players and won’t be adjusting any pairings for Sunday’s 18-hole finale.