ORONO – Booking a tee time is a relief for some after a hard week’s work, but for the athletic directors of the Penobscot Valley Conference and the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, Monday’s afternoon the links carried more weight than others do.
“You see the hours that athletic directors put in, so this is a nice relaxing day out of the office,” Hermon athletic director and PVC treasurer Rick Sinclair said. “Play some golf. Have some fun. Laugh. And it’s all for a great cause and a great name.”
That name is Joe Paul, a former high school administrator and salesman for Wight’s Sporting Goods. Monday saw the 15th-annual Joe Paul Memorial Golf Tournament, held at Penobscot Valley Country Club. The athletic directors alongside their colleagues formed teams of two or four, with more than 100 taking part in the tournament.
“I knew dad would really think this is a wonderful thing,” Dedham principal and Joe’s son Jeff said. “And to do it in his memory, it carries on his legacy and what he stood for and what he did in his life, and kind of giving back to the kids that need it.”
Each year, 10 to 12 student-athletes are honored with $1,000 scholarships raised in Joe’s name, made possible by the tournament. For those who knew him, this was a no-brainer.
“When we lost Joe, it just made sense to attach his name to it, that way it was a good way to remember him and be able to continue doing things for kids even after he was gone,” Wight’s Sporting Goods president Andy Nickerson said.
The day also provided a chance for the athletic directors to come together, irregardless of their affiliation, and have a day in the links they won’t soon forget.
“It’s good ribbing across the table throughout the year at our athletic directors meeting and it’s all in fun,” Sinclair said. “And we all do our jobs for the student-athletes, and we participate in this event for our student-athletes.”