You could say that Winona Davenport and her family are on the verge of breaking a world record for golf foursomes.

Bill Kennedy, golf columnist

Four generations of Davenports are entered as a team in the Aug. 29 Camp Sunshine tournament at Point Sebago. With the Davenport quartet entered in this tournament, he will equal a generational record.

Winona Davenport, 87, resides in the town of Phillips, Franklin County. His partners on the team will be his son, Gordon Davenport Jr., who is flying into the tournament from Bartow, Fla., where he lives. His grandson, Gordon Davenport III, will be driving from his home in Madbury, New Hampshire, with his 10-year-old daughter, Sascha-Belle.

Winona Davenport started playing golf at age 56.

“I was addicted to the game after the first time I played,” she said.

She has been a regular at the Camp Sunshine Tournament for almost 20 years.

“I missed two years due to surgeries,” she said of the hip and knee surgeries she underwent.

She regularly plays golf at a unique course in Phillips, just off Route 4, called “Just A Field.” It’s three holes, with three greens, but 18 tee boxes. Membership is $35 per year. There is a men’s league on Mondays, a women’s league on Wednesdays and there is a race every Sunday.

Commenting on the condition of the course, she said: “It’s very rough. It’s backyard grass on the greens.

Openings remain in the Camp Sunshine tournament, with information available at 207-655-3800, ext. 813. Camp Sunshine, located on Sebago Lake in Casco, is for seriously ill children and their families. There are 40 family units for weekly sessions. Camp Sunshine is one of Maine’s special charities.


The Maine State Golf Association is holding “game days” for men Aug. 26-27 in Springbrook and for women Aug. 23 in Bridgton Highlands and Northport.

Bill Kennedy, a retired golf writer and editor from New Jersey now residing on Lake Thompson in Otisfield, is in his 10th season as the Sun Journal’s golf columnist.

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