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Leavitt and Jose lead field in Cary Classic golf tourney

CARIBOU, Maine — Jamie Leavitt of Millinocket and Emily Jose of Caribou claimed top honors in the Cary Classic Benefit Golf Tournament, held Saturday, July 7, at Caribou Country Club.

Steve Clark of Caribou hits his drive from the No. 2 tee box at Caribou Country Club Saturday, July 7, during the Cary Classic. Clark had the second lowest gross score in the Div. I men’s division with a 77. (Staff photo/Kevin Sjoberg)

Leavitt shot an 18-hole score of 75 for Division I low gross honors. He won by two strokes over Steve Clark of Caribou and Ralph Michaud of Presque Isle to earn the $300 grand prize.

Jose defended her title in the ladies’ division by finishing with a gross score of 85, one stroke better than former champion Betty Deveau of Caribou. She also won a $300 cash prize.

Leavitt and Jose each received a commemorative wooden bowl engraved with the tournament’s logo.

This year’s tournament featured a field of 90 golfers, which was the most in over a decade, according to Tami Kilcollins, executive director of the Jefferson Cary Foundation and the tourney coordinator.

The Cary Classic is organized by the foundation and features Katahdin Trust Company as the major sponsor.

“We are so thrilled with the success of the event,” said Kilcollins. “The crew at Caribou Country Club, the JCF board members and everyone associated with the event just did an outstanding job getting the course ready and managing the registration and scoring. We are very grateful for the support of so many people.”

In addition to Katahdin Trust Company’s major corporate sponsorship, more than 50 other businesses contributed corporate and hole sponsorships and a number of other local businesses and individuals made cash donations or provided prizes.

Emily Jose of Caribou attempts a putt on the ninth green at Caribou Country Club during the Cary Classic held Saturday, July 7. Jose was the overall women’s champion with a score of 85. (Staff photo/Kevin Sjoberg)

The $35,000 hole-in-one prize on hole No. 7 was not awarded, but Craig Staples of Caribou came the closest as he put his drive approximately six feet from the pin.

The top three golfers for gross and net in each of the four men’s divisions and two women’s divisions in this year’s tourney were as follows:

Men’s Div. I, first gross, Leavitt, 75; second gross, Clark, 77; and third gross, Michaud, 77. First net, Tyler St. Pierre, 71; second net, Erik Anderson, 73; and third net, Steve Gagnon, 73.

Men’s Div. II, first gross, Mike Gagnon, 82; second gross, Frank Bemis, 85; and third gross, Chris Richards, 86. First net, Jeff Perley, 70; second net, Hiram Towle, 71; and third net, Branden McLaughlin, 72.

Men’s Div. III, first gross, Rick Theriault, 88; second gross, Dale Plourde, 92; and third gross, Dan Cote, 93. First net, Greg Dickinson, 73; second net, Rick Hallowell, 75; and third net, Craig Gustafson, 76.

Men’s Div. IV, first gross, Tyler Dombroski, 87; second gross, Andrew Pelletier, 100; and third gross, Neal Griffeth, 100. First net, Peter Doebener, 72; second net, Jon Langley, 75; and third net, Roger Anderson, 76.

Women’s Div. I, first gross: Jose, 85; second gross, Deveau, 86; and third gross, Lupita Albert, 89. First net, Vickie Boucher, 68; second net, Darlene Higgins, 74; and third net, Jane Hochholzer, 75.

Women’s Div. II, first gross, Judy Dombroski, 91; second gross, Jessie Thompson, 92; and third gross, Jen Flynn, 100. First net, Jane Hunter, 68; second net, Dee Lizotte, 71; and third net, Janice Beaulieu, 72.

Plans are already underway to mark the 36th playing of the Cary Classic on July 6, 2019.

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