The 93rd playing of the Maine Amateur Championship will be contested next week at Sunday River Golf Club in Newry, Maine.
The field of 132 players is now finalized, with the completion of the third qualifier, held on Tuesday at Penobscot Valley Country Club where 25 more players earned their way to The Show.
Playing in the very last group of the day, Kebo Valley’s Brent Barker fired a three-under-par 69 to lead the way at PVCC. Barker more than made up for a double bogey on the fifth hole with five birdies. Up until his finish, the leaders were Jim Quinn from Augusta and Matthew Loubier from Waterville, who both fired one-under-par 71’s, who played in the same group. The next lowest score came from MSGA Director and PVCC member Jerry Glidden – who had five birdies on the front after starting with a pair of bogeys – at 73. For complete results click here.
Maine Amateur players will have the opportunity to play one practice round for a mandatory cart fee of $25. To book a tee time for the practice round, the player must call Sunday River at 824-4653. The fee is good for the player only, not for caddies or guests, and players can be expect to be paired up.
Discounted hotel rooms have been booked at the Jordan Grand Hotel and more information is available on the MSGA’s web site. Players should call 800-543-2754 as soon as possible to book their rooms.
Defending champion Ryan Gay will try to win his fourth title and his third in a row when the action starts at Sunday River on Tuesday. The 21-year-old is one of four former winners in the field, including Ricky Jones and Ron Brown, both who have two titles, and the all-time leader among Maine champions, Mark Plummer, with 13 victories.
As the defending champ, Gay will be joined in the first group by defending Maine Mid-Amateur champion Joe Alvarez and defending Maine Senior Amateur Champion Mark Plummer.
Players will be allowed to walk in the tournament proper, and shuttles will be available at certain spots on the course if the MSGA has enough volunteers to drive them. However, players who elect to walk will still need to be aware of their pace of play and their position on the golf course, as the MSGA’s championship Pace of Play policy will be in effect. MSGA vouchers may be used to pay for cart rentals at Sunday River.
We hope to see you all next week at Sunday River, but if you can’t enjoy the action live, you can follow it live on the MSGA’s web site at www.mesga.org.