We’re Gonna Miss You Choppy

Kenneth ‘Choppy’ Lucas, who managed Hidden Meadows Golf Course for several years, passed away earlier this week after battling some health issues, which began last fall.

The first time I met Choppy was the middle of December, 2009. I had never been to Maine before, and was here from Washington state to check out Hidden Meadows, which was for sale. After shaking hands, I said, ‘Yankees fan, eh?’ Choppy grinned and said, ‘Oh, you’re a wise-guy I see,’ since he was sporting a Red Sox jacket. We became fast friends on the spot.

December, 2009. Choppy did not want to be mistaken for a Yankees fan.

Choppy, along with his brother Bernie and best friend Rand Trembley, were morning regulars at the course. Choppy would always get here a little bit early, get the carts and coffee ready for Bernie and Rand, and we’d banter back and forth about everything and anything, mostly about the Red Sox and the Patriots (I’m a Mariner, Seahawk and Packers fan). I also learned a lot about the golf course, as he’d spent six years helping to manage the clubhouse and mowing the course.

Bernie Lucas, Choppy Lucas, Rand Trembley

Choppy would help someone at the drop of a hat. Several times over the past seven years, he spearheaded golf fundraisers to help family and friends offset horrible medical bills. He would spend hours and hours rounding up sponsors from local businesses, and getting teams together to come out and play. His fundraisers always had full fields, and he raised thousands and thousands of dollars to help people get through some tough times. He was the kind of person that would always step up to help someone.

Choppy was quite a character, and you always had to stay on your toes around him. He also loved playing golf as much as anyone I’ve ever known. He’d be so disappointed if he couldn’t play because the weather wasn’t cooperating, or if he wasn’t feeling well.

Choppy, it won’t ever be the same around here without you. I’ll miss your quick wit and your mischievous grin. I never did ask how you came to be known as ‘Choppy,’ but I always thought it was a great name for a golfer. Thank you for helping to convince me to buy this golf course, and thank you for your friendship. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace my friend.

Kenneth ‘Choppy’ Lucas

Mizuno Trunk Sale This Afternoon At 1:15 – Save Up To 50%!

Don’t miss our Mizuno 1 Hour Trunk Sale this afternoon. It runs from 1:15 to 2:15 out on the driving range. The Mizuno territory manager will be here with lots of demo and sample clubs, with prices up to 50% off on iron sets, wedges, hybrids, drivers, fairway woods, golf bags and more.

This is a perfect time to round out your bag with that one club you’ve been looking for. And with the weather FINALLY turning to summer temperatures, you can head in to the season ready to get your game on!

Mizuno Trunk Sale Tomorrow (June 9)

We are having a Mizuno ‘trunk’ sale tomorrow (Friday) afternoon on the driving range. Our Mizuno territory manager will be here with salesman samples and demo clubs. Save up to 50% on drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, wedges, golf bags and more.

The sale runs for one hour from 1:15 to 2:15 on the driving range. See you there!

No Carts For The Rest of the Day Today

Due to some unexpected steady rain this afternoon, we are not going to be able to let carts out for the remainder of the day today. We will re-evaluate the course conditions Monday morning and will have an update then.

Sorry folks, Mother Nature has been a bit of a challenge.

Couples League This Afternoon at 4 p.m.

Just a reminder to everyone that the Sunday Afternoon Couples League begins at 4 p.m. today. The cost is $5 per person for members, $15 per person for non-members. We will run a cart special for $5 per person.

Todays format is the Chapman System. Both players hit drives;
each plays the other’s ball for the second shots; the best of the second shots is selected, and from there the two partners play alternate shot into the hole.

There will be food available after the round. Looking forward to seeing everyone here this afternoon!

Fournier/Dennis Team Wins Elks Lodge Scramble

The Old Town Elks Lodge held their tournament at Hidden Meadows Golf Course on Saturday. 20 teams competed for prizes, and helped to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The team of Adam Fournier, Peter Fournier, Darren Dennis and Lisa Dennis took first place honors with a 9-under-par 62. David Thibodeau, David Soucier, Rick Gilman and Tom Harris came in second place with 64. Corey Day, Bob Arsenault, Casey Estes and Gary Powers came in third with 65(3). Jim Evans, Richard Brown, Peter Dubay and Pat Dubay took fourth place with 65(4). David Nadeau, Ron Morin, Ray Hussey and Stacey Hussey round out the top five with 65(5).

Many thanks to Jim Evans, Richard Brown and Ryan Lucas for spearheading the event, as well as lots of volunteers that helped with the pig roast, burgers, hot dogs and chipping contest. Also, a big thank you to all of the players and sponsors for making this event a huge success.