The Maine State Golf Association has a new name. It’s called Maine Golf.
That said, it involves more than a name change. The MSGA took over the Freeport Country Club, where it established the Maine Golf Center. It has nine holes, a driving range and a putting green.
From this facility there will be instructional programs for men, women and juniors under the direction of AJ Simokaitis, who holds the title of Director of Golf, Maine Golf Center.
Right now it’s the offseason so green fees are $15 for nine holes and $22 for 18 holes, with a fee of $10 for a nine hole cart and $18 to play 18 holes. Individual season dues are $600, with another $250 for range privileges. For a couple, it’s $1,000 with $400 for the range. And there’s a junior membership for $100.
The MSGA continues to have offices at Val Halla Golf Club in Cumberland, and it will continue to run its extensive tournament program. Eventually, the entire operation could eventually be located in Freeport, according to MSGA/Mane Golf executive director Brian Bickford.
“The MSGA is not going away,” Bickford said. “We do business as Maine Golf. We are trying to develop the game and expand our offerings.
The MSGA website (MESGA.org) remains active and the Maine Golf website is mainegolfcenter.org. To contact staff members by email, use that person’s first name “@mainegolfcenter.org”.
In summary: much of what the MSGA has done for decades remains the same, but the creation of the Maine Golf Center means there are new developments.
For the MSGA and Maine Golf, the 2022 golf season is expected to be exciting.
At the MSGA Club Championship on May 22 in Belgrade Lakes, two teams from the region finished in the top 10 among 37 participants.
The Fox Ridge quartet of Craig Chapman, Chris Cloutier, James Frost and Dylan Rodrigue tied for fifth with a score of 134. In seventh place, from Martindale, were Brian J. Bilodeau, Kelly Cates, Bradley Myers and Jace Pearson, posting a score of 136.
At the Senior Club Championship on May 23 in Belgrade Lakes in a field of 26 foursome, the Martindale unit of Stephen Gallagher, Bobby Myers, Roland Myers and Russ Scudder are tied for seventh with 140.
The upcoming MSGA/Maine Golf tournament schedule includes the Mid-Amateur Championship on May 31 in Waterville.
The men’s game days will be June 3 and 4 at Sheepscot Links, while the women’s game day will be May 31 at Springbrook. Questions regarding women’s events should be directed to [email protected]
Bill Kennedy, a retired golf writer and editor from New Jersey now residing on Lake Thompson in Otisfield, is in his 10th season as the Sun Journal’s golf columnist.