Executive Director Kristopher T. Saunders


Kris is originally from South Central Connecticut, but was transplanted to Maine at age 6. 

As a junior athlete, Kris won several state titles as a 'trapshooter" and set a record for the largest whitetail deer ever taken in Maine with a bow and arrow at age 16. Kris graduated Bangor High School as a Bangor High Scholar as an academic and accomplished baseball player. Kris attended the University of Maine at Orono earning a double degree in Political Science and Psychology earned Summa Cum Laude. He was also inducted into the prestigious Ph Beta Kappa society and the Phi Kappa Phi academic honor societies. Phi Beta Kappa is the most recognized academic honor society in the United States. Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest in the United States and was originally founded at the University of Maine. 

Kris is adamant that the playing field for Maine kids needs to be leveled and the Maine Youth Golf Development Foundation is the platform that will make that happen. Kris is the founder and Executive Director of the Maine Youth Golf Development Foundation and is currently a graduate student at the University of Maine at Orono, earning a MaineMBA with a focus on not for profit management. Kris is also working on multiple golf certifications including TPI and PGA and will looking to play professionally in coming years. Ideally, the nationally recognized First Tee will see the potential in Maine and allow a chapter to establish for good. 

Board Member Paul Partridge

Paul Partridge

Sales Leader, Life Sciences

BP Logix, Inc.


Phone: 617.733.2731

Paul Partridge is a 1993 graduate of the University of Maine in Orono, ME and a 1997 graduate of Bentley University in Waltham, MA. Partridge has spent his entire career in high technology, working for companies like Thomson Reuters, Oracle Corporation, and he is currently employed by BP Logix, Inc.

Partridge played high school Baseball in Bangor, Maine under legendary coach Robert (Bob) Kelley. Following undergraduate school in Maine, Partridge moved to Massachusetts where he married his college sweetheart, Kristen Bassi Partridge. They currently reside in North Andover, MA where they are raising three teenage boys. Andrew (19) attends the University of South Carolina where he studies Finance. Cameron (17) is a senior at North Andover High School where he plays varsity football and baseball. Nolan (13) attends middle school and plays baseball, basketball and football. 

Partridge is the current head coach of the Nor’Easters 13U baseball team. Previously, Partridge served as coach for Legends Baseball, Academy Baseball and Knight Rider Baseball, where his team won the Division 2 state championship in 2020. All four teams compete in the New Balance Select Baseball League and compete against teams across the east coast.

“Nor’easter baseball is an extremely competitive program and widely recognized as New England’s elite baseball club. With three indoor facilities, we are able to simulate real baseball practice in a controlled environment, 12 months per year”, stated Partridge. Without these world class facilities and dedicated coaches, we would struggle to compete against teams and players who come from warmer, drier climates”. Partridge saw first hand the huge disparity between kids growing up in Central Maine vs. kids who grew up playing in warmer climates with full-time, fully dedicated coaches. “I want to bring this level of expertise and this level of commitment to kids across the state of Maine. Through golf, we will help kids build the strength of character that will empower them throughout a lifetime of challenges”, concluded Partridge.

Board Member Chris Hamilton


PHONE (603) 646-2254 

DARTMOUTH 22nd Season (1999-2020, 2021-) January 2022 Chris Hamilton completed his 22nd season as the men's and women's diving coach in 2021-22. 

In April of 2015, Hamilton was inducted into the Maine Hall of Fame for his accomplishments both on the diving board and as a coach. During his 22 years at Dartmouth, Hamilton has had 39 divers qualify for the NCAA Zone Championship. In the all-record book, 31 of the 40 records (1- and 3-meter boards for men and women) are held by his divers.

Hamilton has more than 30 years of coaching experience, having assisted for several years at the college level prior to Dartmouth. In New Haven, Connecticut, Hamilton coached at Albertus Magnus before moving on to Southern Connecticut State in 1996-97, where he coached six Division II All-America divers and one national champion. 

Hamilton was the head swimming and diving coach (1993-96) at Foran High School in Milford, Conn., and the girls' diving coach (1997) at Wilton (Conn.) High School. 

Before coming to Dartmouth, Hamilton was an assistant diving coach at Brandon (Fla.) Swim and Tennis Club, where he worked with the U.S. Diving and summer camp divers. One of the divers he worked with is 2005 NCAA Champion and Olympic Diver, Chris Colwill of Georgia. He spent his summers in 2004-2006 working at the University of Texas Longhorn Diving Camp. 

A 1995 graduate from Southern Connecticut State, Hamilton was an accomplished collegiate diver. In 1993, Hamilton was National Champion in the 1-meter and was named Division II "National Diver of the Year". He was a five-time Division II All-America selection his final three years. He was named "New England Division I and II Diver of the Year" in 1993 and was also the New England Division I and II 3-meter champion in 1991 and 1993. 

Hamilton has an undergraduate degree in human performance and earned a master's degree in education from New Haven in 1998. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in White River Junction, Vt. with their children Tyler, Kyle, and Caroline. Tyler and Kyle attend Bates College and play football there, while Caroline is playing field hockey at Hamilton in New York. 

At Bangor High school 1985-1987, Chris was anAll-State State Champion 1985-1987champion in Diving and Football 1987 All-State Football player ADIDAS All America honorable mention football

He also did a PG year at MCI in Pittsfield 1987-1988 and was named“Defensive Player of the Year.

Board Member Mark Greenleaf's

Mark Greenleaf's

Mark grew up in Bangor, playing sports locally, graduated from Bangor High School, attended Northeastern University and owns and operates Carolina's Sports and Spirits in Downtown Bangor. This a famous local haunt.