BANGOR, Maine — The top prize in the 49th annual Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament has been raised from $500 to $750, according to a press release from Harris Golf, which holds the tournament.
Prizes awarded in the Bunyan are provided as merchandise credit at the clubs hosting the two-day tournament.
“We believe this is already an exciting event for those who participate in it,” wrote Harris Golf spokesman Matt Barnard in the release. “A bigger prize just keeps the excitement growing.”
The dates for this year’s Bunyan are June 1-2 at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono and Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor. Penobscot Valley is one of several clubs in Maine that Harris Golf owns and/or operates.
This will be the fifth straight year that Harris Golf has run the tournament.
The format remains the same — three-person groups divided into four flights by handicap along with a senior flight and a women’s division. The seniors and women are paired among the regular flights based on their handicaps. Gross and net prizes will be awarded in each flight, and those are unaffected by the adjustment in the overall winner’s prize.
The A and B flights will play Kebo on June 1 and finish at PVCC the next day, while the C and D flights will do the reverse.
The entry fee is $99, and the field will be limited to approximately 300 players again.
According to Peiter DeVos, the head pro at Kebo, the Maine State Golf Association will be handling tournament support, including live scoring on its website.
Players can sign up online at bunyangolf.com, in person at PVCC or by calling 442-8725, which is the main office at Harris Golf.
Major tournament dates set
In addition to the Bunyan, dates are set for many of the state’s major golf tournaments.
Among the men’s tourneys, the Maine Amateur Golf Championship is July 9-11 at Augusta Country Club in Manchester; the Greater Bangor Open is July 24-27 (including the pro-am) at Bangor Municipal Golf Course, and the Maine Open is July 29-30 at Augusta Country Club.
The Maine Women’s Amateur is July 29-31 at Brunswick Golf Club.
The Maine State Golf Association, which conducts the Maine Amateur and Maine Open, will start taking entries to all of its special events starting March 1, online and by mail.
Southport man buys Boothbay CC
Paul Coulombe of Southport has purchased Boothbay Country Club after a bank-driven auction brought no bids for the 18-hole golf club.
After the auction, Coulombe’s negotiations with the bank brought about a deal that Coulombe considers important to the Boothbay region.
“It’s worth saving,” Coulombe said in a press release from Harris Golf. “I feel the club is a critical component of our community that attracts both out-of-state visitors and Maine residents.”
Harris Golf will manage the club, which is an ironic twist, since Harris Golf had revitalized the club years ago, including the expansion to 18 holes. Under the Harrises, Boothbay hosted the Maine Amateur in 2005.