Wyman Leads in Maine Amateur Defense
Belgrade Lakes – It’s said in golf that the hardest thing to do is defend a title, but Jack Wyman has put himself in position to do just that after a 68 today at Belgrade Lakes GC. His second consecutive round of three under par left him with a one stroke lead going into the final round of the 99th Maine Amateur Championship.
Wyman made four birdies in his second round against only one bogey to keep himself in position to defend the title he earned at Brunswick GC last summer. Dating back to last year’s Amateur, the lefty from Portland CC is a combined -11 in his last five rounds in this championship. Through 36 holes this year, he’s only made two bogeys and one double bogey, keeping a clean card the rest of the way.
With 18 holes still to play, Wyman has his work cut out for him if he’s to successfully win his second straight Maine Amateur Championship. First round leader Cole Anderson (Samoset Resort GC) bounced back from a tough front on his second round with a back nine of two under to finish the day at even par and at 137 (-5) after two rounds. The 17 year-old from Camden looks to improve on his finish last year at Brunswick where he finished in third place. Joining Wyman and Anderson in tomorrow’s final pairing will be Drew Powell (Penobscot Valley CC), who shot 70 today for his second straight round under par and a two-day total of 138 (-4).
John Hayes (Sable Oaks GC), the winner of the 2015 Maine Amateur at Waterville CC, sits one further back at 139 (-3). Perrenial contender Joe Baker (Martindale CC) is at 141 with Caleb Manuel (Brunswick GC) and Joe Alvarez (Webhannet GC) as the only other players under par through 36 holes.
The cut fell at 153 for this year’s event. The 42 players who made it through to the final round will earn an exemption into next year’s Maine Amateur Championship at Portland CC. In addition to that, the top 16 (and ties) will gain an automatic entry into the 2018 Match Play Championship at Falmouth CC in August.