Company diary: Tournament speakers celebrate the return of professional golf to Maine
About 120 of the people who helped open Live and Work in Maine at the Falmouth Country Club over the past week enjoyed a three-course steak and lobster dinner Tuesday night at the club with an auction to benefit from Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center. .
âWe’re excited to have this here to drive community, economic, charitable and workforce impact,â said Brian Corcoran, executive director of Live and Work in Maine. “And this is the first in five years with this tournament.”
An eclectic mix of corporate sponsors, senior volunteers and other stakeholders who gathered for dinner anticipated the PGA’s first foray into Maine since the New England Classic in 1993 at The Woodlands, also in Falmouth.
âWe are really excited to sponsor this event,â said Bob Montgomery, Managing Director of Bangor Savings Bank. âTo review golf in Maine at the PGA level is amazing.â
Korn Ferry Tour President Alex Baldwin, a Bates College alumnus, said: âThe PGA Tour and the Korn Ferry Tour – our organizations, tournaments and players – have done more for charity and had more impact on community than any other sport. This is our goal and something we are proud of.
Among those attending the dinner was Dean Berman, former tour commissioner for the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), which has raised $ 3.5 billion for charity over the past 35 years.
âIt’s people like you who volunteer and sponsor these kinds of events that make this possible,â he said.
âYes, it’s about seeing some of the best golfers in the world in our state,â said Corcoran. âBut we have a bigger and broader goal. Yes, the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital is the beneficiary. But in the process, our community and our state. We can harness the power of the PGA Tour.
Amy Paradysz is a freelance writer and photographer from Scarborough. She can be reached at [emailÂ protected]