The 51st annual Paul Bunyan Amateur Golf Tournament and the inaugural Downeast-Metro Amateur were held the same weekend this year. It appears as though it could very well happen again next June.

“You never really want to be scheduled on top of somebody else’s tournament. That wasn’t our intention,” said Bangor Municipal Golf Course assistant pro Rob Jarvis, who ran the Downeast-Metro Amateur along with Kebo Valley golf pro Peiter DeVos.

“We’re just focusing on our event and what the players want us to do. We’re going to have next year’s tournament on the same weekend barring any weird changes in high school graduations or anything like that,” said Jarvis.

Both tournaments were held June 13-14.

The Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor had been one of the two sites for the Bunyan along with the Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono. But DeVos and the Kebo board of directors had a falling out with Harris Golf for financial reasons, so the Bunyan was played at the PVCC and, for the first time, at Falmouth Country Club.

DeVos teamed up with Jarvis and Bangor Municipal Golf Course head pro Brian Enman to hold the first Downeast-Metro Amateur.

Harris Golf owns or manages 10 courses in Maine including the Falmouth CC and PVCC. Dick Harris, a pro at Falmouth CC, said PVCC and Falmouth intend to host the Bunyan again next June.

“It will probably be the same weekend,” said Harris.

Both tournaments did very well according to the pros, and they feel the future is bright.

“The tournament went great,” said Jarvis. “The weather was perfect, and the golf courses were awesome from my point of view and the players’ point of view.”

“It was a great tournament, and we think there will be definite growth within our tournament. I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re able to grow it by 30 percent for next year,” said DeVos.

Harris said “everything went super” at the Bunyan.

“The courses were in great shape and everybody loved it. They all want to come back,” said Harris.

Harris said they had about 170 golfers, while Jarvis said 122 registered for the first Downeast-Metro Amateur and 117 played in it.

There were a few growing pains for the event.

“The only thing we struggled with was we didn’t get the prize breakdowns as quickly as we wanted to because both golf courses had events immediately after the tournament,” said Jarvis.

He said the most difficult aspect of running the tournament was putting golfers’ tee pairing requests together.

“We had 30-40 people who had tee time requests, and we were able to honor all of those. That was one of our biggest victories,” Jarvis said.

“The most important thing is to take care of the players, and we feel like we did,” he added.

DeVos and Jarvis expect to be able to expand their sponsorship for next year’s tournament after proving they have a bona fide event

“There will be a real big sponsorship opportunity because they can see we’re in it for the long haul now,” said DeVos.

Jarvis is hoping to attract more C and D flight golfers. They are the higher-handicap players.

There were 39 golfers in the A Flight and 36 in the B Flight but just 17 each in the C and D Flights.

“Some aren’t as comfortable playing their own ball in a competition. They think they’re competing against [co-runner-up] Ricky Jones, but they aren’t. They’re competing against players in their own [handicap bracket]. It’s about having fun and the camaraderie,” said Jarvis.

Deer Isle’s Sam Grindle won the Bunyan for the second consecutive year, and Portland’s Matt Greenleaf captured the first Downeast-Metro Amateur.