Greenleaf Wins Mid-Amateur Championship

Day Two Notes: 

Matt Greenleaf had no idea as he walked up the 18th fairway at Kebo Valley that he had a chance to win the 2016 Mid-Amateur Championship. He started the day two shots behind the leaders, and throughout the day remained unaware of what they were doing in the group behind him. He lofted a high wedge into the 18th green that hit near the hole and spun back to six feet. He calmly rolled in the uphill putt in the middle of the cup, and without much reaction, took off his hat to shake his fellow-competitors' hands. When told by a rules official that he had likely just won, Greenleaf did not believe it. Little did he know that the leaders had dropped back early and that birdie putt on 18 was the winning stroke. His second straight round of 73 for a 146 total was good enough to hold off the late-charging Scott Sirois, whose second round 71 left him one back at 147.

Greenleaf, 34, and playing out of Sable Oaks, hadn't been playing much golf as of late, as the birth of his first child a few months ago had taken him from the game. He showed he still has what it takes though, and doing so at what he calls "one of my favorite courses in Maine." This is the second MSGA major for Greenleaf, adding to his breakthrough win at the Match Play Championship at Fox Ridge in 2013. 

A group of four players finished tied for third, led by Mike O'Brien, whose final round 70 was the low round of the championship. Also tied at 148 were Joe AlvarezAshley Fifield, and Judd Parsons. Despite not winning the event, Parsons wrapped up a wonderful 2016 championship campaign, adding this top result to his T5 finish at the Maine  Amateur Championship and run to the semifinals at the Match Play Championship.

This is the final MSGA championship of the 2016 campaign, and with that come the final exemptions into next year's Maine Amateur Championship at Brunswick GC. The top three finishers in the Mid-Am that are not already otherwise exempt get to forego qualifying next summer and earn a berth in the state's premier amateur championship. Earning their exemptions fro this year's Mid-Amateur are Patrick Bucklin (149), Cash WisemanBrandon Wohl, and Kebo Valley's Wyman Tapley (150).

The MSGA would like to thank all the competitors for a great week at Kebo Valley. It was the first time since the 2010 Maine Amateur Championship we have hosted an event there, and the professional Peiter DeVos, staff and grounds crew all made for a great weekend in Bar Harbor.

Though the championships are done for the 2016 season, there are still a month and a half worth of MSGA weekend, senior and mid-week events left to compete in. Fall is a great time to play, so round up a group and get to some of our great fall events before the snow starts to fly.

For complete scoring for the 2016 Mid-Amateur Championship, click here.

For prize distribution for the top finishers, click here.

 

Day One Notes: 

The final MSGA championship of 2016 is currently underway at the venerable Kebo Valley GC in Bar Harbor, and the course showed its teeth in the first round. The course measures only a little over 6,100 yards, but the always-difficult greens, coupled with strong winds and cold fall weather, made the course play tough for the players today.

With the entire field now in the clubhouse, Tim Desmarais is the leader with an opening 71. Desmarais just returned to the amateur game this summer after being a pro at Cape Elizabeth's Purpoodock Club for years, and birdied two of the final three holes to take the lead by one going into the final round. He's in tomorrow's final pairing with 2014 Mid-Amateur champion Keith Patterson II and Curtis Jordan, who carded rounds of 72. Five players sit two back of Desmarais, and with heavy winds and cold weather predicted for tomorrow's final round, an exciting finish is to be expected at Kebo.

Live scoring for today and tomorrow's pairings can be found here.