Harris Golf has offered a number of very good deals at its golf courses, but there have been none better than the latest special it is promoting to drum up attendance at the Harris Golf Charity Classic.

For $20, a purchaser can obtain a ticket to the Sept. 14-15 event, which will feature a field of 40 legendary LPGA players who are part of the LPGA Legends of Golf Tour.

That is a pretty good price on its own, but with each ticket purchase, Harris Golf is adding a free round of golf at one of its courses — Bath, Mere Creek, Freeport, Highland Green, Old Marsh, Sunday River, Penobscot Valley and Wilson Lake. This does not include a cart fee, but players can walk at all of those courses except Sunday River, where a cart is mandatory.

To show you what a great acquisition this tournament ticket is, Sunday River charges $99 during the week and $129 on the weekends at this time of year, with a cart fee of $25. Old Marsh charges $69 for its greens fees seven days a week all year, with an additional $16 for a cart. Penobscot Valley greens fees are $39 during the week and $45 on the weekend with $18 for a cart. Do the math and you will see how much money is saved for the $20 ticket purchase. It clearly is the Maine golf deal of the year.

These greens fee passes will be good though June 30, 2014, Monday through Thursday all day, and Friday through Sunday after noon.

The tournament, being held for the second year at the Falmouth Country Club, is guaranteed to be exciting. On Wednesday, five players (Jennifer Wyatt, Joan Pitcock, Heather Drew, Dede Cusimano and Janice Gibson) will attempt to qualify to become the 40th woman in the field. Then there is a pro-am tournament Thursday and Friday. The actual tournament is Saturday and Sunday. The $20 ticket is good for Saturday and Sunday, with the pro-am being separate from the ticket promotion.

Sherri Turner is the defending champion, having won $30,000 last year. This year’s champion will earn $25,000 from a purse of $200,000.

The field is packed with great past LPGA players, including five LPGA Hall of Famers: Pat Bradley, Donna Caponi, Joanne Carner, Patty Sheehan and Hollis Stacey. Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, who played last year, is missing because of a family conflict.

Other notables in the tournament are: Jan Stephenson, Rosie Jones, Cindy Rarick, Nancy Scranton, Val Skinner, Sally Little, Sherri Steinhauer, Danielle Ammaccapane, Christa Johnson, Jane Blalock, Kris Tschetter and Jenny Lidback. Also in the field as of three days ago are: Lori Atsedes, Jane Crafter, Alicia Dibos, Judy Dickinson, Cindy Figg-Currier, Allison Finney, Shelley Hamlin, Cathy Forbes-Johnson, Lorie Kane, Laurel Kean, Jenny Little, Marilyn Lovander, Cindy Miller, Barb Moxnes, Barb Mucha, Martha Nause, Anne Marie Palli, Laurie Rinker, Cindy Schreyer, Laura Shannon-Rowe, Lori West and Kathryn Young Robin. Scranton is the 2013 tour money leader, having earned $34,000.

The LPGA Legends Tour contains more than 120 players, and has been in existence for 13 seasons for players past the age of 45. Jane Blalock, through her firm JBC Inc., in Boston, is the founder of the 11-event tour, which has contributed in excess of $13 million to charity.

Proceeds from this tournament will go to a pair of outstanding charities — First Tee of Maine and Camp Susan Curtis.


The Maine State Golf Association tournament schedule resumes after a slight break for Labor Day Week. A Senior Tour event is on tap Thursday at Gorham and the weekly Friday-Saturday tournaments will be at Dutch Elm … In 2012 more than 70 percent of the amateur members of the MSGA won pro shop money playing in tournaments, and this year 579 players have been “in the money” at MSGA tournaments.

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