14 Year Old Local Golfer Wins 38th Cary Classic
Pictured left to right are: Craig Staples representing Katahdin Trust Company, tournament major sponsor and a member of the Jefferson Cary Foundation Board of Directors, Pam Scheppele, President of the Jefferson Cary Foundation Board of Directors; Michael Bruce, Overall Tournament Champion with a score of 72 (parred the course); Jane Hunter, Ladies Tournament Champion with a score of 91; Kris Doody, RN, CEO of Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services; Jennifer Quinlan, member Jefferson Cary Foundation Board of Directors, and Tami Kilcollins, Executive Director of the Jefferson Cary Foundation.
14 Year Old Local Golfer Wins 38th Cary Classic
Tournament Draws 90 Golfers to Annual Event
In a remarkable performance, 14 year old Michael Bruce shot a 72, parring the Caribou Country Club Golf Course, and took the Cary Classic Tournament Championship on Saturday July 9th. Playing in considerable windy conditions Bruce bested some 90 golfers in the annual event to benefit the Jefferson Cary Foundation. Jane Hunter took the Ladies Division 1 title with a score of 91. The tournament featured golfers from across the County, Millinocket, North Carolina and Utah. Tami Kilcollins, Executive Director of the Jefferson Cary Foundation said the tournament continues a tradition of great golf for a good cause.
“We were so excited to see Michael Bruce take home the championship this year”, said Kilcollins who coordinates the annual tournament. “He is an amazing young man and it is our hope that by being so successful he may bring other young people into the tournament.”
The Cary Classic, a one day, 18-hole event features a play your own ball format. A number of former tournament champions participated in this year’s event. Over the years the tournament has featured exciting finishes including a number of playoffs. Kris Doody, RN and CEO of Cary Medical Center and Pines Health Services said that she was so impressed with the play of Michael Bruce and that it made this year’s event very special.
“It was just amazing to watch this young man play”, said Doody who also participated in the tournament. “He really added something special and just did not seem to be rattled by the wind and just played so consistently. We have tried for some time to bring more ‘junior’ golfers in to the Cary Classic and we hope that Michael’s performance will encourage other young men and women to compete”.
Michael Bruce and Jane Hunter both received $300 VISA Gift Cards and beautiful glassware bowls as tournament champions. Some $6,000 in prizes were distributed to the four men’s and two ladies divisions. The tournament also featured closest to the pin and longest drive competitions. Prizes were made possible thanks to the corporate tournament sponsor Katahdin Trust Company, 10 major sponsors and nearly 50 hole sponsors. Each golfer participating in the event and the volunteer tournament committee received embroidered polo shirts. Golfers were given a gift bag which included sleeves of three golf balls. A reception was held at the conclusion of the tournament where winners were recognized.
Tournament coordinator Kilcollins said that the generosity of the community, and other corporate sponsors make the tournament possible as one of the premier golf events in the County every summer.
“The Cary Classic has established a tradition of great prizes and some of the best golfers in the region”, she said. “The tournament has raised many thousands of dollars over the years to benefit health care services at Cary Medical Center. This includes helping to purchase new medical equipment for Cary’s Women’s Imaging Center, the Jefferson Cary Cancer Center and more. We are so grateful to our sponsors, particularly Katahdin Trust Company that has been our Major Corporate Sponsor over the past eight years”.
Kilcollins also praised the Caribou Country Club staff, particularly the grounds crew, and all the volunteers, including the tournament committee, who work together to make the tournament happen.
“Every year the folks at the Caribou Country Club work so hard to get the course in the best shape of the season. This year the course was in exceptional condition and many golfers remarked on the quality of the greens. So many people are involved in this event and are so great to work with. It is something we look forward to every year”.
The $15,000 hole in one prize went unclaimed again this year. Since the tournaments inception only one hole in one has been hit. The Cary Classic Benefit Golf Tournament has been held at the Caribou Country Club for all 38 years of its history. The event is always held the Saturday after July 4th unless the 4th falls on a Friday. The rain date is Sunday. Dates for next year’s event have already been posted and the tournament will be held on Saturday, July 8th with a rain date of Sunday, July 9th.
Other tournament winners included: Men’s Division 1 Low net, Phil Pelletier, 71.6; Men’s Division 2 Low Gross AJ Edgecomb 76, Low Net Eric Anderson 72; Division 3 Low Gross Mike Green 85, Low Net Miles Collier 70; Division 4 Low Gross Erik Van Brocklin 86, Low Net Jason Gurley 61.