Fore score and 14 years
MBTA members and friends ‘Golf for Good’ at the 14th Infrastructure Golf Classic
It was a beautiful summer day to get out of the office, off the work site and onto the golf course. And playing hooky felt even better knowing that it was for a good cause.
The event was the 14th annual MBTA Infrastructure Golf Classic, held this year on July 15 at the Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. The event, thanks to the generosity of members and friends, was a success. More than 140 golfers participated and together they helped raise $20,000 for the MBTA’s Infrastructure Development Fund.
Of course, the tournament is also a chance for friendly-but-fierce competition. This year was no exception with two of last year’s winners battling it out for the top spot. The team from H.O. Bouchard took home the top honors – Low Gross – for the second year in a row but only after securing the return title in a tie-breaker with The Rowley Agency team (last year’s Low Net winners). Teams from Nitram Excavation & GC and Pratt & Sons also made it into the winners’ circle, taking home the first and second prizes in the Low Net category.
The MBTA Infrastructure Golf Classic has been held every year since 1996. That is when the MBTA board decided to build a war chest of sorts to help educate the public about the importance of investing in Maine’s transportation infrastructure. Earle Cianchette of Cianbro, an MBTA past president, was the leading force behind the first tournament.
“This is such a fun event, because it gives members a chance to take a break from what is a very busy time in the transportation industry,” said MBTA President Deborah Dunlap Avasthi.
“But it’s also an event with a message at the core of our mission to advocate for safe, efficient transportation in Maine,” Avasthi continued. “We need to build support in our communities and among our state and business leaders – and the Infrastructure Development Fund gives us the means to do just that.”
1st Place / Low Gross
H.O. Bouchard – Brian Bouchard, Harold Bouchard, Jeff Bouchard and Peter Hughes
2nd Place / Low Gross
The Rowley Agency – Gary LaPierre, Phil Mattingly, Jason Cadorette, Adam Lamarre
1st Place / Low Net
Nitram Excavation & GC – Tom Martin, Steve Martin, Dave Holden, Brent Cross
2nd Place / Low Net
Pratt & Sons – Jonathan Pratt, Reggie Pratt, Jason Griffiths, Dan Ward
Closest to the Pin/Women
Rhobe Moulton (10’ 10”)
Closest to the Pin / Men
Tom Errico (19’ 1”)
Bob Leland (2 putts out of 3 tries)
Casino Hole (3-way tie)
Fred Reichel, Tim Layne, John Wardwell
The Lane Construction Corporation
The Louis Berger Group, Inc.
Casco Bay Steel Structures, Inc.
Fay, Spofford & Thorndike
Hudson Asphalt Group
T.Y. Lin International
Nortrax Equipment Co., LLC
The Rowley Agency, Inc.
Lunch & Beverage Sponsors
Bruce A. Manzer, Inc.
Whited Peterbilt of Maine
Wyman and Simpson, Inc.
Berkley Surety Group
Berry Dunn McNeil & Parker
Ted Berry Co., Trenchless Technologies Team
H.O. Bouchard, Inc.
Brown Industrial Group, Inc.
Chase Excavating, Inc.
Ciment Quebec, Inc.
Clean Harbors Environmental Services
Concord Coach Lines
Dearborn Brothers Construction, Inc.
Down East Emulsions, LLC
Gorham Sand & Gravel, Inc.
Grace Construction Products
R.J. Grondin & Sons, Inc.
A.H. Harris & Sons, Inc.
Macdonald Page & Co LLC
Main Line Fence
Maine Drilling & Blasting, Inc.
Blasting Services, Inc.
Michie Precast Corp.
Nitram Excavation & GC, Inc.
Pike Industries, Inc.
Pratt & Sons
E.J. Prescott, Inc.
Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc.
Skillings Shaw & Associates, Inc.
Swardlick Marketing Group
Golf Planning Committee
John Paradis, Chair, Nortrax
Deborah Dunlap Avasthi, Willis of Northern New England
Tom Biegel, Shaw Brothers Construction, Inc.
Greg Dore, Town of Skowhegan
Jim Hall, George C. Hall & Sons, Inc.
Jim Hanley, Pike Industries
Larry Hutchins, Hudson Asphalt Group
Eric Martin, The Lane Construction Corp.
Tom Martin, NITRAM Excavation & GC
Larry Roberts, The Louis Berger Group
Tharryn Smith, Cianbro
Scott Warchol, Maine Turnpike Authority
Our gratitude goes to Cross Insurance for donating the $10,000 Hole-In-One prize. And to Concord Coach Lines for providing golf tees and Bangor Truck Equipment for providing water for the golfers’ carts.