2004 Maine Junior Amateur Championships
Maine Junior Champion
Girls Division Champion
Age 13-14 Division
12 and Under Division
Jesse Speirs of Bangor said his goodbyes to the state of Maine Thursday afternoon at Val Halla Golf and Recreation Center by doing something that hasn't been done in more than five decades: winning three consecutive Maine Junior Amateur Championships. Speirs, who will be leaving Maine on August 12 to attend his senior year of high school at the Bob Jones Academy in South Carolina, defeated the tough Michael Hersey 4 and 3 in the final round of the 2004 championship after Hersey had come from behind to beat Mike Amato in the semi-finals.
The last time any player won more than two championships was in 1950 when Dick Diversi won his fourth straight; since then, the age limit has been lowered to 17 and divisions have been set up for more juniors to be able to equitably compete. As a 14-year-old, Speirs played up a division to defeat two-time champion Shawn Warren. He has since gone on to be top 16 in the US Junior Amateur (last year) and last weekend competed against top players from the entire east coast, including Canada, at the Barrett East Coast Amateur Championship, where he finished third to Ricky Jones of Rockland and Warren. That tournament finished on Monday and Speirs made the drive from St. Andrews, NB, to defend his title.
In the 13-14 age division, Chris Tucker of Bath hung on to defeat Ben Medina of Rockland, 2 and 1, while in the 12 and under division, Zack Sweet of Madison defeated Nick Finocchiaro of Portland 8 and 6. In the girls division, defending champion Shannon Mitchell of Brunswick repeated her title with a 3 and 2 victory over Whitney Hand of Bucksport. The girls' match was a repeat of last year's high school girls' championship, where the two tied for first place.