The Star-Herald

Michaud wins 19th Mars Hill Open

MARS HILL, Maine — The 19th Annual Alton McQuade Mars Hill Open was held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 14 and 15, at the Mars Hill Country Club.  This event was sponsored by the Mars Hill Rotary Club.

More than 100 players enjoyed the warm weather and beautiful scenery as they went around the course, renewing or making new friends even if they had to social distance.  Saturday’s play was delayed periodically due to rain, but the players continued to complete the course after the showers ended.

The Mars Hill Rotary Club acknowledged the efforts of the Mars Hill Country Club staff in preparing the course and assisting with the scoring. Rotary also extended heartfelt appreciation to Harry Orser for his efforts to organize the tournament and provide assistance during the event.

When the tournament ended, there was a tie for the winner, and after a one-hole playoff, Ralph Michaud of Presque Isle was named the overall winner. 

The following golfers won in their division:

First Division

First gross, Jamie Leavitt; second gross, Mike Vanadestine; third gross, Lance Bernier. First net, Randy Gifford, second net, Brandon McLaughlin; third net, Stephen Clark. 

Second Division

First gross, Kyle Grooms; second gross, Adam Orser; third gross, Dawson Watson. First net, Dave Nadeau; second net, Kirk Thibeau; third net, Casey Estes.

Third Division

First gross, Tony Bernardini; second gross, Jonathan Dumas; third gross, Tim Lynds. First net, Glen Mahan; second net, Dennis Anderson; third net, Tracy Grass.

Seniors Group 1

First gross, Andy Vanadestine; second gross, Phil Pelkey; third gross, Hiram Towle. First net, Peter McPheters; second net, Tom Trafford; third net, Michael Fountaine.

Seniors Group 2

First gross, Walt Gallant; second gross, Charlie McPhee; third gross, Gerald Robertson. First net, Romeo Nelson; second net, Dawn Kinney; third net, Bruce Hussey.

The Rotary Club thanked all who came to raise money for the many different projects they sponsor, which include the Mars Hill Food Cupboard, Aroostook House of Comfort, Project Graduation, Meals on Wheels and scholarships for graduates. 

The 20th annual Mars Hill Open will be held Aug. 13 and 14 next year.  

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