Anderson Leads Maine Amateur After Opening 66
Belgrade Lakes, ME – Cole Anderson may be relatively new to the Maine Amateur Championship, but the 17 year-old is quickly making his mark in the annual competition among Maine’s best. The Camden resident and member of Samoset Resort GC opened the 99th Maine Amateur Championship at Belgrade Lakes GC with a first round 66 (-5) to open a two shot lead after the first round.
Anderson leads after day one over last year’s winner, Jack Wyman, who carded a 68 (-3) for an impressive start to his title defense. The southpaw from Portland CC sits tied for second with Drew Powell (Penobscot Valley CC) after the first day.
Anderson, who has already committed to play for Florida State University next year, is no stranger at his young age to success on the course. He has won the Maine high school Class A title three straight years for Camden Hills High School, and also qualified and competed in last year’s U.S. Amateur Championship at Riviera CC. He made six birdies in his opening round, against just one bogey en route to his round of 66.
This marks the first time in the history of the Maine Amateur Championship that Belgrade Lakes GC has hosted the tournament. The central Maine golf course was in immaculate shape for the first round, and the players in top form took advantage, as nine golfers in total broke par in their opening rounds.
Sitting in a tie for fourth after the first round are three players, among them one of Anderson’s top high school rivals in Caleb Manuel (Brunswick GC) at 69. Tied with Manuel are former Maine Mid-Amateur champions Ashley Fifield (Sable Oaks GC) and Joe Alvarez (Webhannet GC).
Former Maine Amateur champions John Hayes (Sable Oaks GC) and Andrew Slattery (Martindale CC) remain in contention after opening with 70 to remain strongly in the mix.
Play resumes tomorrow morning again at 7:00 am, as players make a move to compete in Thursday’s final round. The field will be cut to the low 40 players (and ties) after the second round. Players who make the cut will be exempt into the 100th Maine Amateur Championship, slated for next summer at Portland CC.