Len Cole Named Senior Player of the Year
Despite a golf landscape that at times felt very unfamiliar this year due to the coronavirus, the caliber of play in the Pine Tree State was superb in 2020. After a delayed start to the season, the MSGA began running tournaments for Maine’s golfers starting on June 1. After countless one day events and a plethora of exciting championship events crowning state champions, three players have earned the title of Player of the Year in their respective categories. We will highlight these players this week for their accomplishments.
2020 Senior Player of the Year: LEN COLE
The Maine State Golf Association is proud to announce Len Cole of Falmouth Country Club as the Senior Player of the Year for a record third straight season. In a wrap-around season much like the men’s Player of the Year, Cole used third place finishes in the 2019 and 2020 Senior Championship to earn the lion’s share of his points. He added to the total with steady play throughout the season in MSGA Play Days, including two wins and a slew of top-3 finishes among seniors in most events that he entered.
Cole, 58, joins elite company in Mark Plummer as only the second player to capture the Senior Player of the Year award three times.
“I’m proud of the fact that it’s a body of work instead of just one tournament,” said Cole on his season. “To win the first Player of the Year was awesome, but to win three, I never thought it would have been possible. Especially against as many good players as there are here in Maine.”
He’s had a successful run as an amateur golfer dating back to his early years growing up in Bangor. As a testament to the longevity with his golf game, he’s one of only a handful of Maine golfers to have won both the Maine Junior Championship (1979) and Senior Championship (2018). He played collegiately in Tennessee and has competed in two USGA championships over his career.
Cole, who now resides in Scarborough, has been playing more in the last decade now that his kids have grown older, leaving more time for the game. He also remains humble and appreciative that he’s been able to play golf despite the difficult year everyone has experienced due to the coronavirus.
“I’ve felt blessed and happy to be able to play golf through all of this,” he explains. “2020 was a different year, and at times I was just happy to be out there with the boys playing golf.”
Cole plans to spend the winter in Florida and is looking forward to a break from the game for the first time in a while after a busy season playing in Maine.