97th Maine Amateur Championship


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Maine Amateur Championship

York Golf & Tennis Club

July 12-14, 2016
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Round Three Notes:


Not many golfers in Maine knew the name Matt Hutchins before this week's Maine Amateur Championship started at York Golf & Tennis Club -- but after his stellar play in today's final round, he's certainly on their radar now. Hutchins, who just moved back to Maine from Massachusetts, shot a blistering 65 in today's final round to capture the most prestigious amateur event in the state. imgHe had a putt to tie the competitive course record of 64 on the final hole, but even though it didn't fall, it didn't matter. His score of 204 (-6) edged out runner-up Ricky Jones by six shots. His round included four birdies and an eagle against only one bogey. Jones, who led by one going into the final round by one, shot 72 today to finish the event at 210 (E). In third was first round leader Joe Baker, whose final round 72 left him at 211 (+1) for the tournament.



Sam Grindle had the second best round of the day with a 67. Joe Alvarez and Joe Walp had the other red numbers of the day, both shooting 68.


All 41 players who made the cut will earn an exemption into next year's Maine Amateur Championship. The event will mark the MSGA's centennial year, and will be played at Brunswick Golf Club, one of the founding clubs of the association.


The top 16 players and ties will also earn an invitation to the Maine Match Play Championship, scheduled for August 16-18.


The MSGA would like to thank the staff, grounds crew, volunteers and membership for everything they did to make this an unforgettable week for the players.


Round Two Notes:


Ricky Jones (Samoset Resort GC) finds himself in familiar territory heading into the final round of the 2016 Maine Amateur Championship tomorrow. Jones, already a three-time winner of this championship, shot 68 in the second round at York Golf & Tennis Club to take a one shot lead going into tomorrow's final round. imgHis two day total of 138 (70 - 68) has him one stroke clear of Matt Hutchins (The Woodlands Club) and first round leader Joe Baker (Martindale CC). Hutchins had five birdies on his card today to shoot the lowest round of the championship so far, a three-under par 67. Baker, the overnight leader, sits strong after a second round 71 to follow up his opening 68. The three players are the only golfers in the field under par through 36 holes.



Gavin Dugas (JW Parks GC) continued his solid play with a second consecutive round of 70 to post 140 and remain level par in solo fourth with one round to go. Just one further back are defending York club champion Judd Parsons and former York member Jeff Cole (Sable Oaks GC), who can bank on their years of experience at the club going into the final round.


This year's cut fell at 151, with 41 players making into tomorrow's final round. With this, they earn an exemption into the 2017 Maine Amateur Championship.


Round One Notes:


Joe Baker (Martindale CC) carded five birdies against three bogeys in his opening round at York Golf & Tennis Club to take the outright lead after the first round of the 97th Maine Amateur Championship. His two-under par 68 left him two strokes clear of a group of five players at even par. Shooting 70 today and right in the mix were Mike Doran (Sable Oaks GC), Gavin Dugas (JW Parks GC), Ashley Fifield (Sable Oaks GC), Ricky Jones (Samoset Resort GC) and Luke Ruffing (Belgrade Lakes GC). Three more players sit just one back at 71, well within striking distance of Baker moving into tomorrow's second round. Defending champion John Hayes and 13-time Amateur champ Mark Plummer both were part of a large group at 72.


Players were treated to fantastic weather and course conditions in the opening round. This year's event marks only the second time the Maine Amateur has ever been contested at York. Heat is expected to come with tomorrow's event, and tomorrow's scores may heat up as well as players get acclimated to the classic Donald Ross design.


The MSGA would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at York not only for the golf course and its great condition, but also for hosting a reception for the players after the first round that included food, drinks, and even a little croquet.



The Maine State Golf Association, Inc. is very pleased to be hosting the 97th Maine Amateur Championship at York Golf & Tennis Club on July 12-14, 2016. Despite the fact that York is among the oldest golf clubs in Maine, it has only hosted the Maine Amateur Championship one other time, in 1978, when now Maine Professional Bob Matthews won his only Maine Amateur Championship.


York was one of 399 golf courses designed by Donald Ross, and Ross’ brother Alex served as its first golf professional. Since then only three other professionals have held that position – William “Willie” Wilson, Dick McLeod, and current professional Kyle Paige. York celebrated its centennial in 2000 and was originally designed as a 27-hole course. Despite closing nine holes during the Depression, it is the eighth oldest continually-operated 18-hole golf course in Maine.


The tournament will be a 54-hole stroke play event with 132 players competing during the first two days. After the second round of competition, the field will be cut to the top 40 players and any applicable ties to compete in the third round. All players who make the cut and play the final round are exempt from qualifying for next year’s Amateur Championship, to be held during the MSGA’s centennial celebration year at the Brunswick Golf Club, one of the founding member clubs of the MSGA.



John Hayes IV from Purpoodock will headline the first group of the tournament as the returning champion from last year’s event at Waterville Country Club. Hayes held off a charging Mark Plummer, himself a 13-time Am champ, for the win. Traditionally, the first group also includes the Senior Amateur champion (Gary Manoogian) and the Mid-Amateur champion (Mike Doran).


Hayes, Andrew Slattery, the 2013 champion, Ricky Jones, 44, and Mark Plummer, 64, are the only three winners in the field since 2000 who still retain their amateur status.


Multiple Maine Amateur Championship winners in the field for this year’s championship include 13-time champ Plummer, three-time winner Jones and two-time winner Ron Brown.


Interesting Facts:

  • A total of 47 MSGA member clubs (out of 124) will be represented in this championship, from as far north as Presque Isle. Two members from the host club, York – Maine’s southern-most club – will be playing…

  • The average age of this year’s competitor is 35 while the median age is 32. Lowell Watson has the distinction of being the oldest player at 70, a mere four months older than Truman Libby. Austin Legge is the youngest player at 15, and he’s just a month younger than fellow junior Cole Anderson…

  • Matt Hutchins from The Woodlands Club has the lowest handicap coming into the championship at +3.4 while the average handicap is around 2.9. Hutchins is new to Maine, having just moved to Falmouth with his family, and was the low qualifier at Poland Spring…

  • Sable Oaks and Val Halla golf clubs have the distinction of having the most players represented with 10 each, followed by Falmouth with eight and Augusta and Martindale each with six…

  • There is only one set of brothers in this year’s championship – Gavin and Eric Dugas from JW Parks. There are also two sets of father and son, with Jim and Mike Caron and Tim and Ben Estabrook…

  • Other relatives playing (that we know about) include Tucker Buteau from Gorham and his uncle Tobey from Willowdale, and Dylan Burton from Waterville and his great-uncle Mark Plummer from Augusta…

The championship is restricted to Maine resident amateurs, except that non-residents who have been members of MSGA-affiliated clubs for ten years and who reside in Maine for at least five months annually are also eligible. Active duty service members who are stationed in Maine, live here, and hold membership with an MSGA-affiliated club are also eligible. All players must be in good standing of an MSGA member club on or before the date they submit their application. All players must have a 2016 MSGA membership and a valid USGA Handicap to apply.

To all 2016 Maine Amateur players:
Here are some details you’ll need to know to get ready for the event:

Practice Rounds: One practice round will be available for PLAYERS ONLY, no caddies or guests. Players can call the Pro Shop at 363-2683 to reserve your times. Practice rounds are $25 walking or riding. Tee times will be available on Monday through Thursday after 12 noon and on Saturday and Sunday after 1 pm. There will be no tee times available on Fridays. Note: York reserves the right to pair players up for all practice rounds.

Caddies and Riding Carts: If you as a player require a cart, you MUST reserve your cart through the Pro Shop at the number above. There are a limited number of carts available, and the Rules Officials will be using several. Players are reminded that there are only two carts allowed per group, so if your group all has caddies, some of you will have to walk. Players are welcome to bring caddies, but any person riding in the player’s cart will be deemed that player’s caddie, and players can only have one caddie at a time.

Practice Facility: There is ample space on the driving range for players to warm up. However, players should be reminded to use their time wisely on the tee and then move on, making room for their fellow competitors. Please be aware of any players who may be coming up the 18th hole who are in range.

Meals and Clubhouse Accommodations: York is opening its club for players and their guests during this championship and will be accepting both cash and credit cards in their grill room and snack shack. Additionally, the club will be hosting a Player’s Reception on Tuesday evening from 5-8 pm at the Original Clubhouse (on the other side of the Tennis Courts from the Pro Shop). All players are invited and encouraged to attend. Please let the club know if you’re planning on attending when you call to make your practice round tee time.

Hotel Rooms: The MSGA has reserved rooms at the Best Western in York (363-8903) and the Courtyard Portsmouth (603-436-2121) for both players and officials. Players will be responsible for securing and paying for their own rooms and you need to call as soon as possible, as they will be releasing rooms at the beginning of the week.



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