Maine Mixed Championship
July 31, 2016
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2016 Mixed Championship Wrap-Up
The team of Jace Pearson and Pennie Cummings were sitting on a three shot lead for most of the morning with the 2016 Mixed Championship seemingly wrapped up. Then the team of James Frost and his mother Lori came in to match them with a score of 67 (-4). Their fantastic play at the end of the day had them finish as co-champions of this annual competition, held this year at Martindale CC in Auburn.
Pearson appears to be enjoying his return to the amateur game this season, as his effort today with Cummings was his second team victory in MSGA championship play this year. Pearson, a former assistant professional at the Mixed Championship host club Martindale CC, just got his amateur status back in time this spring to win the Club Team Championship with fellow members Joe Baker, Brian Bilodeau and Andrew Slattery. Winning today’s event wasn’t all on him though, as Cummings’ impressive resume includes, but is not limited to, six state women’s amateur titles.
The Frosts aren’t unfamiliar with the winner’s circle either. James was the medalist at a Maine Amateur qualifier this summer, and a past runner-up in the Maine Amateur Championship. Lori is twice a winner of the Women’s Amateur. This is the fifth time Cummings has won the Mixed Championship, but the first time with Pearson. It's the first win for both of the Frosts.
In solo third at 70 (-1) were Martindale members Will and Kristen Kannegieser.
Teams competed in today’s event in a modified Pinehurst format of alternate shot. In this exciting form of alternate shot, both players tee off then play their partner's ball for the second shot. Teams then decide which ball to continue with and alternate shots until the ball is holed.
Many thanks to Martindale CC for their golf course today and for hosting this great event.
For live scoring updates throughout the day, click here.
The Mixed Championship is open to all Maine amateur golfers. Sides will consist of two players, one male and one female, where at least one of the players is a member of the MSGA, SMWGA, or WMSGA. All players must have a valid USGA Handicap to apply.
All sides must file an entry for the championship. Players may apply for the championship either online at www.mesga.org or by paper application. Entries will not be taken over the phone.
The field is limited to 54 sides. Sides do not need to consist of players belonging to the same club. Substitutions will be allowed as long as the substituted player meets the eligibility requirements prescribed above.
An entry form where any player on the side is not active in GHIN at the home club will be considered incomplete.
Cost: The entry fee for the championship is $110 per side.
Entry deadline for all sides is July 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm.
Players are reminded to apply early to allow time for resolving any errors, an incomplete application, or for not adhering to the eligibility as prescribed above.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The championship will consist of 18 holes of Scotch Ball Modified Pinehurst. In this format, both players hit drives from the appropriate tee and then play their partner’s ball for the second shot. One ball is then selected and players alternate shots until the ball is holed. Net scores will be determined by taking 60% of the lower handicap and 40% of the higher handicap.
Sunday, July 31: First round, 18 holes
In the event of a two-way tie, both sides will be deemed co-champions.
If more than two sides tie, a tie-breaker will decide the winner using Rule 33-6.
Winner: Crystal trophy for every member of the side.
Runner-up: Silver medal for every member of the side.
Top finishers: Prize money, determined by finishing position, in the form of a voucher added to their MSGA account.
Prizes will be awarded for both gross and net divisions. There will also be a division for couples.
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