Down East Family YMCA Executive Director Peter Farragher (far left) gives parting instructions to golfers as YMCA board member Harvard Austin (next to Farragher) looks on during the 2017 Bo Lewis Memorial Golf Tournament at Bar Harbor Golf Course in Trenton. This year’s event, the Lewis/Crowley Memorial Tournament, will be held Sept. 20 at Northeast Harbor Golf Club in Mount Desert. FILE PHOTO

DEFY tournament moving to Northeast Harbor Golf Club

MOUNT DESERT — After six years in Trenton, the Down East Family YMCA’s Bo Lewis Memorial Golf Tournament has found a new home.

The tournament will be held under a new name later this year when golfers compete in the Lewis/Crowley Memorial Tournament. It is scheduled to be held Sept. 20 at Northeast Harbor Golf Club in Mount Desert.

The Bo Lewis Memorial Golf Tournament was first held in 2013 following the death of its namesake, Keith “Bo” Matthews Lewis of Trenton. Lewis, an avid golfer, was a regular at Trenton’s Bar Harbor Golf Course prior to his passing on Oct. 9, 2012.

“Bo had such a love not just for the game of golf but for the experience of golf,” event organizer Rebecca Sargent said. “The course, the people and the friendships it brought meant a lot to him.”

With Bar Harbor Golf Course announcing in April that it would be closed for the 2019 season, though, the tournament was set to be without a course for this year’s event. As Sargent and other organizers began searching for a new location, they altered the name of the tournament to include Charlie Crowley, who died last July after operating Bar Harbor Golf Course for three decades.

“We knew we’d be with out a home, but we still wanted this to happen and were willing to accommodate another course,” Sargent said. “We’re very grateful that the folks at Northeast Harbor were so willing to help.”

Because new plans for the tournament came on rather short notice, the event has been moved from its usual date in early July to one in mid-September. Sargent and other organizers have a few changes in mind, but with two and a half months left until tournament day, specifics have yet to be set in stone.

“We’re still early in the process, but half the teams are spoken for already,” Sargent said. “We’ve gotten around 30 teams or so over the past few years. It’s a very popular tournament, and it’s great to see everyone come together.”

Registration for the Lewis/Crowley Memorial Tournament is $60 per individual or $240 for teams of four, and interested parties may also sponsor a hole for $150. Proceeds will go toward the Bo Lewis Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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