Members of the winning team overall (mixed) included Doug Dick, Ellin Miller, Cindy Swope and Tony Bohannon. PHOTOS COURTESY OF KELLEY COLUMBER, NORTHERN LIGHT HEALTH

Schoodic Scramble raises over $30,000



WINTER HARBORGrindstone Neck Golf Course hosted the 24th annual Schoodic Scramble golf tournament on Saturday, Sept. 10. The event raised more than $30,000 for the Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic in Gouldsboro.

The clinic is part of Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital, and serves as a primary care practice for Winter Harbor, Gouldsboro and the rest of the Schoodic region. This makes the facility of critical importance to the area, and Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital President John Ronan shared his thanks.

“This community’s support of rural health care is critical to our success, and we thank everyone who participated for helping us provide quality care to families in Hancock and western Washington counties,” Ronan said.

The Schoodic Scramble has raised over $360,000 for the Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic over the past 24 years. The proceeds of this annual fundraiser directly benefit patients and have led to significant improvements being made to the clinic over the years.

Seventy-two golfers participated in the Scramble, making up 18 teams. There were three winning teams in the tournament, one each for women’s, men’s and mixed categories.

Polly Beeson, Penny Curtis, Emily Keith and Heather Tooker’s team took first place in the women’s category. Chris Leavitt, Chuck (Charles) Leavitt, Bruce Hardy and Michael Hardy’s team took the victory in the men’s category. Doug Dick, Ellin Miller, Cindy Swope and Tony Bohannon’s team was the overall mixed category winner.

The day was made all the more exciting by the first hole-in-one at the tournament in many years. Bill Putnam shot a hole-in-one on the fourth hole, and in doing so won a scooter that had been donated by tournament sponsor Stanley Subaru. Event organizers said that it has been roughly 20 years since the last hole-in-one was shot at the tournament.

Ronan also gave a shout-out to the sponsors and participants of the event, thanking them for a wonderful day in support of the hospital.

“We could not have asked for a more beautiful day to come together for such a great cause,” Ronan said. “We are grateful for the sponsors and golfers who support us each year.”

Malachy Flynn

Reporter Malachy Flynn covers news on the Schoodic beat, which includes the towns of Eastbrook, Franklin, Hancock, Sorrento, Sullivan, Trenton, Waltham, and Winter Harbor. He also reports on the town of Tremont on Mount Desert Island. He welcomes tips and suggestions about stories in the area. To contact Malachy with tips or questions, email him at [email protected].

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