Fireworks, barbecue to highlight Orono country club open house Friday

Posted Aug. 16, 2012, at 7:34 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Penobscot Valley Country Club will hold an open house Friday, including its first professional fireworks display, to show off all of its facets.

“This is a chance for people to come out and experience” PVCC, said Charles Melino, the club’s general manager. “It’s all about showcasing the club.”

The event, for members and nonmembers, kicks off at 5 p.m. with a nine-hole scramble tournament, followed by music at 6:30.

There will be activities for children as well, and golf skills challenges with prizes.

No celebration is complete without food, and a barbecue also will be provided.

The fee for the golf tourney is $10, while the barbecue is $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 or younger. A cash bar also will be available.

There is no charge, however, for just showing up, checking out the place — the pool also will be open — and watching the fireworks, which will be launched from the first fairway after dark.

“It’s just a fun night out,” said Melino. “We like to have a party now and then.”

While it’s PVCC’s first time holding such a celebration, Melino expects a strong turnout, based on Harris Golf’s experiences in the past. Harris Golf owns or manages several golf courses in Maine, including PVCC.

“We’ve done it at other of our clubs, and they have been well attended,” said Melino. “Lots of country clubs around the country have an open house like this.”

Response has been good so far, he said.

“People seem to be excited. I expect we’ll have a couple hundred or so,” said Melino.

Anyone planning on attending, especially for the golf and barbecue, should call 866-2423 to let the staff know.

First Tee at Bangor postponed

Thursday’s rain postponed the introduction of The First Tee of Maine program at Bangor Municipal Golf Course until Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The first day of the two-day introduction was held Wednesday afternoon next to Mansfield Stadium during the Senior League World Series.

“I figure we had 60 or so kids” check it out, said Bangor Muni assistant pro Rob Jarvis. “We stayed busy until the [1 p.m.] game ended.”

Jarvis expected many of the youngsters who came by Wednesday to attend Thursday’s session as well, and he hopes the kids will keep their enthusiasm up enough to come back Tuesday.

“I expect we might lose a couple [because of prior commitments],” said Jarvis, “but everybody seems enthusiastic, so I wouldn’t expect them to lose interest over a couple of days.”

Jarvis enjoyed Wednesday’s session.

“We had a lot of kids who had never even touched golf equipment before,” he said. “It was a very manageable way for them to get used to it.”

The children soon started competing among themselves.

“Before I knew it, a bunch of kids were playing a game for points,” said Jarvis. “It was nice to see them creating their own playing environment.”

Tourney benefits Jimmy Fund

A tournament organized by Tim Richardson to raise money for The Jimmy Fund was a huge success, he said in an email this week.

The tournament, held Saturday at Piscataquis Country Club in Guilford, drew 88 players. According to Richardson, the final tally showed the golf and a dinner auction netted more than $7,600 for the Jimmy Fund, which raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Two $100,000 prizes at tourney

A couple of companies are sponsoring $100,000 hole-in-one prizes as part of a fundraising tournament that benefits residents at the Maine Veterans’ Home in South Paris.

The tournament, organized by the Western Maine Veterans’ Advisory Committee, is planned for Aug. 25 at Fairlawn Golf and Country Club in Poland.

There will be two hole-in-one shootouts with four names drawn for each one. If any of the four players aces the 165-yard hole, that person wins the $100,000. Oxford Casino and the WMVAC are the two sponsors.

Goodwin’s Chevrolet is sponsoring a hole-in-one prize of a new Chevrolet Sonic during the tournament, and WMVAC is selling raffle tickets for a second Chevrolet Sonic or $5,000, depending on how many raffle tickets are sold.

Entries of $65 per person still are being accepted. It’s a scramble tournament with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. To register as a player or sponsor, call 744-9156.

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