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October 22, 2022

Celebrities to tee off in new Maine charity golf tourney

Woman golfer swinging a club Courtesy / Drive Fore Kids Golf Channel host Blair O'Neal will participate in next year's inaugural Drive Fore Kids golf tournament in Falmouth, the Portland-based organizer announced Monday.

Golf Channel host Blair O'Neal and actor and motorsports driver Patrick Dempsey are among the 36 celebrities that will tee off in a new Maine charity golf tournament next year, the Portland-based organizer announced Monday.

Drive Fore Kids, a new event at Falmouth Country Club next June being organized by Shamrock Sports & Entertainment, aims to raise a minimum of $100,000 for a beneficiary or beneficiaries to be named at a later time.

Brian Corcoran portrait
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Brian Corcoran, CEO of Shamrock Sports & Entertainment.

"We are confident we can exceed this goal and related financial impact ... due to the fact that many of the celebrities will defer their prize purse to preferred charities," Brian Corcoran, CEO of Shamrock Sports & Entertainment and executive director of Drive Fore Kids, told Mainebiz.

The Portland sports marketing group announced the full celebrity lineup Monday, months after the PGA Tour pulled the plug on Falmouth as a stop on the Korn Ferry pro golf circuit. 

The Falmouth tournament, organized by Shamrock in collaboration with Live + Work in Maine, raised $135,000 in June for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital at Maine Medical Center.

Looking ahead to the next year's new event, Corcoran said he expects an $8 million economic impact from Drive Fore Kids, driven largely by out-of-state visitors.

"Other celebrity tournaments have shared there is a large draw from bordering states and countries," such as Canada, he noted.

Corcoran was named to the Mainebiz Next list in 2016 for his contributions to Maine's economy. 

Besides O'Neal and Dempsey, a Lewiston native who founded the Dempsey Center for cancer care and support, other celebrities set to hit the links in the the 2022 Drive Fore Kids tournament include former baseball stars Tim WakefieldKevin Millar and John Smoltz and former tennis player Mardy Fish.

More than 15,000 attendees are expected to attend the inaugural event, which is scheduled to take place from June 21-24, 2023.


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