BANGOR — Jason Harvey of Bangor took advantage of perfect timing to win the inaugural Bangor Golf Classic by two strokes Sunday.
He posted an even-par 71 at Bangor Municipal Golf Course for a two-day total of 141.
Harvey held off Nick Carparelli of Dedham and first-round leader Todd Lee of Bangor for the A flight (handicaps 0-8) title. Carparelli, who started the day tied for second with Harvey, shot a 73 Sunday for 143, while Lee registered a 75 for 144. Rob Tiensivu of Orrington was fourth at 145 after posting a 74.
Bob Tweedie of Bangor grabbed honors in the B flight (handicaps 9-15) when he shot a 76 Sunday for 154. First-round co-leaders Eric Fowle of Gorham and John Johnson of Bangor tied for second at 155 after each posted a 78 Sunday.
Joe Rollins of Bangor continued to roll in C flight (handicaps 16 and up). Rollins shot an 83 Sunday for a 164 total and an 11-stroke margin of victory.
Liz Coffin of Hampden powered to victory in the ladies flight after shooting a second straight 76 for a 152 total. She won by seven shots over Micki Meggison of Gorham. Meggison followed Saturday’s 80 with a 79 Sunday.
Harvey is the Husson University baseball coach, and that has an effect on his golf swing.
“I hit fungos for the team, and in the early spring and fall, my baseball swing comes into play,” said Harvey.
The tournament, sponsored by Massimo’s restaurant in Bangor, comes at the perfect time for Harvey, even though he did win the Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament in June 2009.
“The latest we play in the spring is about mid-May,” added Harvey. “I have June, July and August off, so I have a good three months to concentrate on one swing.”
Sunday, he also had to concentrate on his own game because he wasn’t where his closest competitors stood.
Lee and Carparelli were in the foursome behind Harvey, and Tiensivu was two groups behind.
Harvey and Lee were tied at 1 over par for the tournament after 12 holes Sunday, and Carparelli was one back. Tiensivu eventually bogeyed No. 12 as well and was also 2 over at that point.
Starting with 13 was when Harvey got hot — under the collar and on the golf course.
“I wasn’t going to hit driver off 13,” said Harvey, “but I was so hot [mad] coming off 12.”
He drove his ball straight down the middle and was about 30 yards short of the green with an uphill chip.
“It was easy to run it up,” said Harvey, who knocked it within a foot of the cup. He tapped in for an easy birdie.
“I got a little momentum going there,” he said.
Harvey parred 14 and added another birdie on 15 when he rolled in a 20-foot uphill putt from the front fringe.
“That kind of salvaged the round,” Harvey said.
He parred out from there, although he turned 18 into an adventure before stroking in an 8-foot for par.
“I was fortunate the putter got hot the last four or five holes,” Harvey said.
Lee’s bogey on 12 turned out to be the first of three in a row.
He hoped lightning would strike like it did Saturday, when he made two birdies and an eagle on the last four holes. He birdied 15, but parred the last three.
He thought his tournament title hopes started dimming early in the round.
“I missed 4-foot birdie putts on [Nos. 4 and 5],” said Lee.
Carparelli, playing on his home course as were Lee and Tientsivu, bogeyed his first two holes, then parred everything until No. 12.
After Harvey birdied 13, Carparelli birdied 14 to get back within a stroke. He parred the next two, then bogeyed 17 before making birdie on the final hole to grab second alone.
After his bogey on 12, Tientsivu parred five of the last six holes and bogeyed 16.
Coffin, also a Bangor member, was pleased with her consistent play. It paid off.
“I knew Micki and Kathi could play well,” said Coffin, the former University of Maine women’s basketball star.
“The big turning point came on the back when I hit my second shot into 15,” added Coffin. “I couldn’t see it, but it stopped 2 feet from the hole, and I made eagle.
“That relaxed me and took the pressure off.”
Harvey was a member at Bangor for a couple of years.
“It’s always fun to come back and play with the members I played with when I was here,” he said.
He’s already looking forward to next year’s tourney.