Bean Wins Inaugural Senior Match Play Invitational
KENNEBUNKPORT – On a day where the wind and cold was present right from the get-go on the Maine coast, it certainly felt like the first day of Autumn at today’s Maine Senior Match Play Invitational. But the play was hot at Cape Arundel GC, as the final four players returned to the Kennebunkport golf course to finish up a great start to this new MSGA Championship.
The day started with four players remaining, and the golfers were treated to gusty winds that made ball striking and putting a difficult task from the opening tee ball. In the morning’s first semifinal match Keith Patterson was able to hold off Phil Barter in a tight contest. Barter made the turn one up, but Patterson held his own and made clutch pars around the back nine before holing a birdie putt on 17 to close out the match 2&1. The other semifinal match featured Tom Bean against Gary Manoogian, in which Bean was able to hold off the former Senior Amateur champion by a margin of 3&1.
Patterson and Bean were the last two standing in the single-elimination bracket that started Monday morning with 16 of the Pine Tree State’s top senior players. In the afternoon final, Bean came out firing, and after a birdie on the long 4th hole, he held a 3-up advantage early in the match. Patterson rallied on the rest of the front nine, not dropping any shots and birdieing the 9th to square the match.
The back nine featured some stellar play from both players despite the winds picking up from the effects of Hurricane Teddy off the Maine coast. Bean birdied 10 to take the lead, and Patterson answered on 12 with a birdie of his own to square the match again. After both players made great par putts on 13, Bean regained the lead with a par on 14.
Cape Arundel’s 15th hole proved to be the deciding hole of the championship and featured the shot of the tournament off the clubface of Bean. After laying back on his tee shot, Bean holed his 125-yard approach shot with a knock-down 9-iron for a deuce that put him 2 up with three holes left.
Patterson won the difficult par-3 16th with par, but after failing to get up and down from short of the 17th green, Bean took the hole with a conceded par and a 2&1 victory.
The MSGA would like to thank host club Cape Arundel for hosting this event that is sure to become a mainstay on the championship calendar.