CALAIS, Maine — There were cheers for that perfect shot and groans for the putt that landed on the lip of the cup as more than 135 golfers played in the 11th annual Washington County Community College Golf Tournament at the St. Croix Country Club over the weekend.
As a result of their efforts and the efforts of area individuals and businesses, WCCC raised more than $13,000 for its “Direct-to-Student Scholarship Program.
“This is probably the best turnout we’ve ever had for a tournament,” Club Pro Mike Ellis said Saturday. “It is great to see the support for the club and the college.”
This year golfers were decked out in bright green commemorative T-shirts because of the generous donations of Calais business owners Ed Bell of Bell’s IGA, Ken Thomas of the International Motel, Drew Case of Calais Ace Home Center and Marcia Carlow of H & R Block in Calais and Machias.
“We are absolutely elated with the turnout,” President emeritus and interim WCCC President Bill Cassidy said while looking out over the sixth hole on Saturday. “And we are pleased with the support from those who donated to our scholarship fund. It will be a tremendous help to our students.”
Last year, former WCCC President Joyce Hedlund came up with the idea of the Direct-to-Student Scholarship Program as part of the golf tournament. People stepped forward and last year the college raised $12,000.
Cassidy praised Ellis for his hard work in making the tournament a success and thanked all the golfers for their participation.
“We have friends and neighbors from Charlotte County [New Brunswick] and Washington County having a lot of fun today,” he said.
Golfers who landed on the first hole and hit a hole-in-one had an opportunity to win a flashy new 2012 Buick Verano. The car sat just off the green from the #1 cup. The maroon beauty was provided by tournament co-sponsor Ian Pratt of Pratt Chevrolet- Olds-Buick-Pontiac-Geo on the River Road in Calais.
Although no one hit the dream shot, everyone who participated received a $50 Callaway gift card from the dealership.
“Pratt Chevrolet brings an added dimension to this tournament with the chance to win the car. They have voluntarily done this for years. They sought us out and said ‘let us do this,’ which we very much appreciated,” Cassidy said.
The interim president also thanked everyone who participated in the scholarship program.
Some of the same donors from last year stepped forward again this year to provide scholarships including: A.E. Horne of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Wes and Joyce B Hedlund of Perry, Dr. Brian Hoops of Baileyville, the Eastport Authority, Arlo & Bonnie Smith of Perry, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust in Lubec and Machias, and Diane Barnes, Wesserunsett Consultants, and Geoff and Joyce Maker all of Calais.
Additional past-year donors included: Quoddy Pilots of Eastport and the St. Croix Regional Technical Center in Calais. PCT Communications, Riverside Electric, Calais Motor Inn, Roger’s Auto Sales Inc., Dead River Company, EBS Building Supplies, Calais Ace Home Center all of Calais and Bill & Sue Cassidy and Richard Mingo Construction of Robbinston also contributed scholarships. Also donating again this year: Daylily Dyeworks of Perry, Rayes Mustard Mill of Eastport and Attorney John Churchill, Rogers Auto Sales and the International Motel all of Calais.
New donors this year were: the WCCC Student Senate, Calais Advertiser, Down East Credit Union , Eastern Maine Electric Co-op, Yancy’s Restaurant, Border Electric , WQDY-FM, Thomas DiCenzo Inc., Calais Family Eye Care and Andel Construction Service, LLC all of Calais. Additional donors included the Harold Howland Memorial Scholarship, the Eastland Motel and the Graettinger Family Scholarship of Lubec and Eastport Health Care, the Quoddy Tides in Eastport, Robert Wyatt of Robbinston, Mike Lally of Calais, and the Sunrise County Economic Council.
New this year was the St. Croix County Club Scholarship. Prior to the start of the tournament, golfers generously donated more than $350 to the fund. That scholarship also will be awarded to a deserving student.
A popular part of the scholarship program allows donors to create their scholarship in their name or their business’ name. They can even create a scholarship in honor or in memory of a loved one. Donors choose the program of studies and create the criteria; $250 or more can make a difference in a student’s life.
Last year, scholarships were presented to 35 WCCC students at the Annual Student Scholarship luncheon held in February. At that time, the individuals and businesses that donated had the opportunity to meet the student recipients and program faculty. Another banquet will be held in February 2013 for this year’s donors and students.
Although the golf tournament is over for another year, anyone who would like to participate in the scholarship program can send their donation to Tina Erskine, public information director, at Washington Community College, One College Drive, Calais, ME 04619, or for more information about the golf tournament or the scholarship program call Erskine at 454-1002.