Bowdoin Invitational
Essex County Club

Essex County

The Bowdoin Invitational, open to all members of the Bowdoin community, combines great golf with great Bowdoin friends from across the generations.  Each year this event is held to foster stronger connections between Polar Bears while raising funds to support the College’s most pressing needs.  Held in September, registration usually begins in July and fills up quickly.

Proceeds from the 2015 Bowdoin Invitational will support financial aid endowment through the Wil Smith ’00 Scholarship Fund. As a student and then Associate Dean of Multicultural Student Programs Wil was a beloved figure and the campus community seeks to honor his memory through this scholarship. The Fund will support students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership within their communities. Read more on Wil and his story. If you are interested in supporting the fund directly, please contact Kate Wight at

With special thanks to our 2015 gift sponsors –

Tejus Ajmera ’04 and fgf brands, makers of Stonefire
Joe Bonasera ’73 and Summit Financial Corp.
Austin Branson ’04 and Peter Carter ’04 and Smathers & Branson
Ralph Crowley Jr. ’73 and Polar Beverages
Scott Caras ’08, Max Key ’08, Ted Upton ’07 and Grant White ’14 and Cheeky Fly Fishing

and raffle donors -

Jack Abbott ’63, David Pardus ’84, Hilary ’86 and Page ’86 Rocket, Ben Small ’97, Stewart Strawbridge ’98, Cliff ’72 and Nora Webster, and Cliff Webster Jr. ’10, Chris Whipple ’97, and Scot Caras ’08, Max Key ’08, Ted Upton ’07 and Grant White ’14 of Cheeky Fly Fishing.

Play at Essex 

Essex County ClubThe Essex County Club in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts, was founded in 1893. The original Club House was completed the same year. At that time, the grounds included a full size polo field, two clay tennis courts, and a nine-hole golf course. Today, ECC boasts an expanded Club House and eighteen-hole golf course designed by Donald Ross. Completed in 1917, the course features design traits recognized as distinguishing Ross’s finest work. Ten grass and ten clay tennis courts, three paddle tennis courts, and a full size swimming pool are also a part of the Club’s amenities, located on 180 acres of pristine landscape. 

Location: 153 School Street, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944 -


2015 Hole Sponsors

Golden Bowdoin Sun ($5,000)

Ralph Crowley, Jr. ‘73
Bill Farley '64
Steve Gormley ‘72
David ’76 & Lauren Herter ‘82
Jim MacAllen ‘66
Steve Marrow '83
Mike Poor ‘64
Al Ryan ‘64
Peter Small ‘64
Fred Thorne '57

Silver Polar Bear

Joe Bonasera ‘73
Jeffrey Busconi '00
Tom Coan ’80
Christopher Clegg P'12
Bill Janes '76
David '99 & Kerri Lovely
Margaret '87 & Emmett Lyne '81
Dick Morse '60
Mike Moynihan '89
Northern Pines Capital
Jonathan Uhrig ‘81

2015 Host Committee Sponsors

Lloyd Byrne ‘88
Lauren Tenney Herter ’82 P’11, ’12, ‘15
Jim MacAllen ‘66
Sue Pardus ‘86
Steve Prinn ‘98
Kate Gormley Saeli ‘09
Ben Small '97
Stewart Strawbridge ‘98