The 28th annual Boothbay Charities Classic golf tournament raised a record $65,000 for Special Olympics Maine on Saturday at Boothbay Harbor Country Club.
Spokesperson Leon Blackman said it took 80 volunteers to assist the 23 teams who took to the course in the traditional scramble-style tournament. Each team was matched with a celebrity, most of whom came from the sports world. Many celebrities have returned multiple years.
In addition to the 18-hole match, players were invited to buy a chance to sink a 30-foot putt to qualify for a putt off which carried a $500 prize. Seven players qualified with Brad Pollard taking, but missing, the hole. No prize was awarded.
The overall winner was the team of Scott Price, Mark Gimbel, Charlie Herrick, Rob Wheeler and Mike Hall. Timi Phelan of Methuen, Massachusetts scored a hole-in-one on the seventh hole. Former Red Sox pitcher Matt Kinney compared golf to being a professional baseball player. “If you are confident and feeling good, you will be okay."
Special Olympics Maine President Phil Geelhoed thanked the staff of the country club, sponsors and volunteers for coordinating the event and raising the money for the 4,300 Maine participants in the Special Olympics program.