Defending Maine Amateur champion Ricky Jones of Rockland jumped out to an early start in his final round match of the Maine Amateur Championship against Cash Wiseman of Sable Oaks at the Sanford Country Club on Friday.
Jones birdied the first hole, then just played steady golf against Wiseman -- his main opponent in last year's Mid-Amateur championship -- to garner his second straight Maine Amateur Championship title. He's well on his way to once again becoming the MSGA Player of the Year.
The MSGA was very lucky to have a great crew of volunteers at Sanford, which hosted the tournament for the very first time. Paul Renaud, the Sanford MSGA representative, put together a great volunteer staff while Pro Jon Ellis and his staff coordinated things from the pro shop. Jim Dion, the General Manager/Superintendent, saw three years of planing come to fruition as the tournament came to a close on Friday afternoon after five days of play.
The tournament began with two rounds of stroke play on Monday and Tuesday, with the low 32 players advancing to match play on Wednesday. On Thursday, the players that won played two 18-hole matches, and Jones and Wiseman made it through Friday's semifinal match to meet in the finals.
Special thanks go out to the owners and all the members at Sanford who shared their golf course for this wonderful championship. Once little known, Sanford has proven itself to be a wonderful test of golf, playable by all ability levels, and it's affordable as well. We at the MSGA highly recommend a visit to the club for all those golfers interested in playing a top-quality championship public golf course.
The MSGA was able to follow the results of the final match hole by hole. Please find to follow the complete results of the final match between Jones and Wiseman. Thank you for your continued interest in the MSGA.
At 11:45 this morning, defending champion Ricky Jones and last year's Mid-Amateur runner-up Cash Wiseman teed off in the final round of the 2004 Maine Amateur Championship final round.
On the first hole, Jones birdies while Wiseman bogeys to give Jones the one-hole lead.
On the second hole, both players two putt for par. Jones remains one up.
Jones pars the par-five third to Wiseman's bogey (a third shot lateral pitchout put Cash in jail) to go two up.
On the short par-3 fourth, both players birdie. Jones is two up.
On the par 4 fifth, both players par. Jones is still two up.
On the par 4 sixth, both players par. Jones up two.
On the par four seventh, Jones bogeys, Wiseman pars. Jones is now one up.
On the long par 4 eighth hole, Jones makes birdied to go back up two.
On nine, the longest hole of the tournament at 576 yards, both players par to leave Jones at two up.
Jones runs in a 10-footer for birdie on the par 4 10th hole to go three up, as Wiseman's par is no good.
Both players two-putt for par on the 11th for Jones to remain two up.
The 12th hole, a 200-yard par 3, posed a problem for Wiseman, who doubled it to Jones' par to go four down with six holes left to play.
On 13, Wiseman's two-putt birdie isn't good enough as Jones matches it. Jones is four up with five to go.
Jones' up and down for par on the par five 14th gives new life to Wiseman as he sinks a 15-foot birdie putt to cut Jones' lead to three with four to go.
Jones goes dormie on the 15th hole as both players make par (going to 16, Jones is three up with three to go).
On the 16th hole, Wiseman gets into trouble and makes bogey. Like the gentleman he is, he conceded the birdie putt to Jones for the victory, 4 and 2.
Both Jones and Wiseman accept their trophies and applaud the efforts of Sanford Country Club and the MSGA as the 85th Maine Amateur draws to a close. A perfect ending to a near perfect tournament.