Wyman Wins 98th Maine Amateur Championship
Jack Wyman Wins 98th Maine Amateur Championship
Brunswick — It’s never easy to win your first Maine Amateur Championship. It’s even harder to win when a hard rain falls on the most demanding stretch of the golf course, but Jack Wyman (Portland CC) prevailed over Sam Grindle (Island CC) despite the weather to win his first title in the state’s premier amateur championship.
Despite the unseasonably cold July temperatures in the low 60s, Wyman got off to yet another hot start on the front nine, carding birdies on his first three holes. He quickly extended his overnight lead of three shots to six before dropping a few coming in. In total, Wyman made ten birdies, one eagle and two bogeys on the tournament’s front nine for an astonishing ten under on the par 35 outward side.
Grindle made a few birdies around the turn and trimmed Wyman’s lead to two shots after birdieing the 12th hole when the hard rain began to fall. They stepped to the demanding 216 yard par-3 13th hole and Grindle hit his in the water. Wyman made par and extended the lead back to three. Both parred 14, and Grindle bogeyed the long par-4 15th to drop another shot to Wyman.
At that point Wyman had four shots to play with, and he used a few of them in safely getting to the house. Despite a double bogey on the final hole, he won by two shots over Grindle with a score of 211 (-5). Grindle had the lone round of the day under par, and his final round 71 gave him a score of 213 (-3). Sixteen year-old Cole Anderson (Samoset Resort GC) birdied the final hole to finish in solo third at 214 (-2). Ricky Jones (Samoset Resort GC) and Joe Baker (Martindale CC) rounded out the top five, both finishing T4 at 215 (-1).
The top sixteen finishers earned a berth at the Maine Match Play Invitational, to be played in August at Waterville CC. The event features 32 of the top players in the state in a single elimination match play bracket .
The MSGA would like to thank the entire staff at Brunswick GC for going above and beyond to provide a wonderful atmosphere for the players and spectators. Thanks are also in order for course superintendent Allan Greenleaf and his staff for providing excellent course conditions for the tournament. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to all the volunteers who showed up to help in every capacity to make this event run so smoothly.
Day Two Notes:
Brunswick — To say that Jack Wyman got off to a hot start during the second round of the Maine Amateur Championship would be an understatement. The 26 year-old from Portland CC scorched the front nine with six birdies at Brunswick GC to shoot 29 en route to a round of 68 to take the lead going into the final round of the 98th Maine Amateur. Wyman got it to seven under at one point before dropping three shots down the difficult finishing stretch. Despite the late bogeys, his two round score of -7 (69–68 -- 137) gives him a three stroke lead with one round to go.
In second place sits Joe Alvarez (Webhannet GC), who matched Wyman with a 68 for the low round of the day. Both Wyman and Alvarez have been MSGA champions in the past, but both are looking for their first title in the premier amateur event in the Pine Tree State. Alvarez sits alone in solo second at 140 (-4) after rounds of 72-68.
First round leader Sam Grindle (Island CC) slid back today with a round of 74, but sits tied for third with Cole Anderson (Samoset Resort GC) and three-time Amateur champion Ricky Jones (Samoset Resort GC). The trio sits at 142 (-2) after two rounds.
The cut fell at 152 (+8) for this year’s championship, with 41 players making it through to the final round on Thursday. With the cut comes an exemption for all players to play in the 2018 Maine Amateur Championship. And while the lead may be too far out of reach for most of the field, there is still plenty to play for in tomorrow’s final round. The top 16 players (and ties) earn a berth in the Maine Match Play Invitational, to be played in August at Waterville CC with 32 of the top players in the state.
Be sure to follow all the action tomorrow as the tournament wraps up and a champion is crowned. Live hole-by-hole scoring will be available for the last groups, keeping everyone up-to-date on the tournament as the leaders get around the venerable Brunswick GC.
Day One Notes:
Sam Grindle is no stranger to strong finishes in the Maine Amateur Championship, and set himself up for another run at the title after opening with a bogey-free 68 in the first round at Brunswick GC today. The 22 year-old from Deer Isle has finished 4th on three occasions in the last four years and is poised for another run at the title going into the second round.
Joe Baker, Jack Wyman, Will Kannegieser, and Judd Parsons all sit one shot back after rounds of three-under 69. In all, 8 players broke par in the first round, meaning this championship is still anyone’s for the taking with 36 holes to be played.
Rain threatened in the morning but never arrived, leaving the field with great scoring conditions on the course to take advantage of. This is the second time Brunswick GC has hosted the Amateur, twenty years after the first playing in 1997. The winning score that year was +1 for three rounds, a number that looks to be surpassed based on today's first round scores.
Play will resume at 7:00 tomorrow morning for the second round. The top 40 players and ties will continue to Thursday’s third and final round. Continue to check in tomorrow as players continue to chase the most prestigious amateur title in the state.