A rite of summer and a winter tradition will share center stage Friday when the first Maine Basketball Hall of Fame Golf Scramble is held at the Aroostook Valley Country Club in Fort Fairfield.
The tournament will feature a four-person scramble format beginning with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Registration numbers are strong, but some openings remained as of Wednesday afternoon, according to tourney organizer Larry Gardner, The entry fee is $50 per person and includes a steak or chicken barbecue.
While golf may be the lure, getting the word out about the organization, purpose and vision of the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame now under development is the primary goal of this event.
“We see the hall as a lasting memorial to a Maine tradition,” said Maine basketball commissioner Peter Webb, who with former Fort Fairfield High School and University of Maine men’s basketball coach Skip Chappelle are the chief organizers of the hall of fame effort. Both will be in attendance at Friday’s tournament.
“We see the golf tournament as a promotional tool to let folks in the County and others learn about what the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame is all about,” Webb added. “We want to preserve the history of basketball in Maine as well as recognize all those who have been part of that basketball history in Maine.”
The Maine Basketball Hall of Fame is set to be housed in a wing of the new Bangor arena that is scheduled for completion in 2013.
Webb encourages anyone in the general public interested in the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame to stop by the Aroostook Valley Country Club at 5 p.m. Friday for a post-tournament program of events that includes an information session, social hour and auction.
Auction items will include Boston Red Sox tickets, Boston Celtics tickets, University of Maine all-sports ticket packages, Bangor area hotel packages, Bangor area restaurant certificates, and Bangor and Bar Harbor area golf packages.
Special guests in attendance will be University of Maine men’s basketball coach Ted Woodward and new UMaine women’s basketball coach Richard Barron.
Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the hall of fame, and prizes will be awarded to the top two gross teams and top eight net teams. Participants also will have a chance to win a 2011 Ford Focus supplied by Griffeth Ford-Lincoln-Honda of Caribou and Presque Isle for a hole-in-one. Closest to the pin, longest drive and other contests will be held.
To register for the golf tournament, contact Gardner at 551-5001. For more information about the Maine Basketball Hall of Fame, go to www.mainebasketballhalloffame.com.