February 24, 2018
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Brewer golfer dons skirt, plays in Ladies League match

Randy Chute | BDN
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Gary Chessa of Brewer smiles as he plays while wearing a skirt in Wednesday night's ladies league scramble at Rocky Knoll Country Club in Orrington.
By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

Brewer’s Gary Chessa, a regular at the Rocky Knoll Country Club in Orrington, admits he is chauvinistic when it comes to golf.

He likes to play golf with men. Women can play in their own leagues or scrambles, he says.

Women are allowed to play in men’s leagues at Rocky Knoll.

But he also loves to have a good time and isn’t afraid to answer a challenge.

“We kept teasing him about playing with us,” said Courtney Chute.

So, after the constant chiding, he finally took them up on it Wednesday night during the Ladies League scramble.

“Randy (Chute) and I had talked about it for two years,” said Chessa. “Women had been playing in our leagues and we had this little feud with them. I finally got a chance to play in a women’s league.”

That meant that he had to wear a skirt.

Chute, Randy’s wife, supplied him with one of her skirts. She also wound up being one of his teammates.

“Randy would have played but we didn’t have a baby-sitter and I was playing,” said Courtney. “He got out of it easy.”

“I had no problem wearing a skirt,” insisted Chessa.“ It’s no worse than playing in shorts.”

He did admit he found the skirt somewhat constrictive and binding.

“Oh my God, he was so funny. The skirt didn’t fit him. And he had it on backwards,” quipped Chute.

Chessa said the tight skirt, “probably didn’t hurt (my game).”

Chessa and his teammates, Chute, Ruth St. Pierre and Shelley Drillen, wound up winning the best-ball scramble with a score of 35.

Teams are put together through a draw and Chessa wound up on a team with some top-notch golfers.

It turned out to be a memorable night for most.

“We were all envious of his legs,” chuckled Chute. “He had better legs than we did.”

“I had a great time,” said Chessa. “They were very nice to me. They were cordial. Everyone had a good time,”

“He’s a card. He kept us entertained all the way around the course,” said Drillen. “And he was very gracious. He complimented us when we hit a good shot.”

“We teased him and sang to him (throughout the round),” said Chute.

Chessa, who teed off from the seniors’ tees instead of the ladies’ tees, said he didn’t go all-out.

“I was just out there to prove a point and have fun,” he said.

He also said he was impressed with his teammates.

“They hit some good balls,” he said.

Chessa, Chute and Drillen acknowledged that there were a few women who didn’t like having him out there.

“We had a meal afterward and they thought it was unfair, especially being on the team he was,” said Drillen. “

“In my opinion, we probably would have done as well without him,” said Drillen. “He wasn’t that much of an advantage.”

He hit the ball long but Drillen also pointed out that his drives would also occasionally “wind up in the woods.

“It was a one-time, fun event and if people were upset by it, boo to them,” said Drillen.

A member of the golf staff at Rocky Knoll had some fun with it, also.

When they faxed out the results, they listed him as “Garyce Chessa.”

Chessa had done this once before several years ago at the Bucksport Golf Club.

“There were three girls and they needed someone else so they asked me to play with them,” said Chessa. “So I put on a skirt.”

Chessa said his days playing in a skirt are over.

“Unless I get three more guys to do it with me,” he said.

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