Belgrade Lakes GC to Host 2018 Maine Amateur
CUMBERLAND, ME – The Maine State Golf Association is pleased to announce that the 99th Maine Amateur Championship will be played at Belgrade Lakes GC on July 10-12, 2018. This is the first time the central Maine course will host the state’s preeminent amateur golf competition.
The golf course opened in 1998 to rave reviews and has featured regularly on Golf Digest’s “Top 100 golf courses” rankings for public golf courses in the United States. The course has hosted the MSGA Club Team Championship in May on 13 occasions, the Senior Club Team Championship three times, and hosts an MSGA junior tournament each year. This is the first individual MSGA major championship the course will host.
“Belgrade Lakes is a great golf course that’s been testing the best players in the state in a team completion for years,” says Randy Hodsdon, Director of Rules and Competitions for the MSGA. “Now the best players will have to play it on their own. Par will be a very good score when it’s all said and done.”
The golf course plays 6,723 yards from the back tees and will offer a stern test for the 132 top amateurs that will tee it up for the title of Maine Amateur champion. Roughly 50 players are already exempt into next year’s championship, with the remainder of the field to be determined from three qualifiers held in June before the event.
“Belgrade Lakes Golf Club is pleased and excited to host their first Maine Amateur Championiship,” says Andy Sibbald, Head Professional at the club. “We look forward to preparing our course for a competition featuring the best players in the state.”
The Maine Amateur Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event. After the first two rounds, the field of 132 players is cut to the top 40 and ties who advance to the final round.