Barrett, French Lead Charlie's Maine Open
Headline: Barrett, French Lead After First Round of Charlie’s Maine Open
For immediate release: August 7, 2018
Manchester , ME--On a day when the caliber of play was just as hot as the August temperatures in Maine, two players with New England ties sit atop the leaderboard after the first round of the 2018 Charlie’s Maine Open. Playing in the day’s third-to-last pairing, Peter French of Franklin, MA matched Chelso Barrett of Henniker, NH with a score of 64 (-6) to share the overnight lead.
French is coming off some recent success in New England, starting with a top ten in the Mass Open in June. He then went to the New Hampshire Open and shot an opening round 62 on a golf course he’d never seen before that day. Tomorrow he will hope to improve on those two strong finishes of recent past by claiming the Charlie’s Maine Open trophy.
Although he was one of those still on the course when play was halted in the early afternoon for a passing storm through the capital region, French wasn’t fazed, putting up a bogey-free 64 despite “hitting the ball a little streaky today,” he admitted after the round.
Barrett too is used to playing golf in northern climates, especially of late. In addition to his past as a junior golfer competing regularly while growing up in his native New Hampshire, he has spent most of this summer playing tournament golf on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. Barrett came out firing in the first round today with a solid 64 of his own. After a bogey on the par-4 4th hole, Barrett was flawless the rest of the way, carding 7 birdies to finish the first round atop the leaderboard.
Jack Wyman leads all Mainers—both amateurs and professionals—after round one and remains firmly in contention entering tomorrow’s final round. The lefty who’s captured the last two Maine Amateur Championships fired 66 (-4) despite bogeying his last two holes. “I’m still happy, though,” Wyman said. “I played really well.”
He’s already won low amateur at the Charlie’s Maine Open three times in years past, but this year he finds himself in contention for the more coveted overall title. “I’ve always kind of played well at Augusta, so it’s one I mark on the calendar,” Wyman said after his round.
Wyman will head to the west coast at the end of this week to compete in his first U.S. Amateur Championship, slated for August 13-19 at Pebble Beach Golf Links on California’s famed Monterrey Penninsula. He will be joined by Will Kannegieser of Minot, who will be playing in his first USGA Championship. Kannegieser opened with 71 in today’s round and is third among amateurs. Aiden Boyce was the only amateur other than Wyman to break par, carding 69 (-1).
Tied with Wyman—and a slew of others—at 66 is John VanDerLaan of Southbury, CT, who’s had a whirlwind couple of weeks leading up to this year’s Maine Open. The 22-year old recently graduated from Florida Southern University and won the 2018 NCAA Division II title. He then won the Barbasol Shootout, an event for college standouts that earned him an exemption into the PGA Tour event opposite the Open Championship two weeks ago. He finished T31 in his tour debut to earn his first check as a professional.
Fresh off his PGA Tour debut, VanDerLaan returned to his native Connecticut and shot -16 over three days to win the Connecticut Open and earn the first win of his nascent professional career. He came to Maine and kept his foot on the gas pedal, opening with a 66 that leaves him tied with Wyman and a host of others at -4. Also shooting 66 were Matthew Campbell (the 2015 champion), John Elliot, Matthew Hardman, Michael Kartrude and Kevin Benstead.
JD Dornes, the champion from last year’s Charlie’s Maine Open, shot 67 in the first round to remain in contention in his title defense. With 23 players under par in today’s first round, tomorrow has the makings of a shootout where players will have to go low to earn the trophy and winner’s check that goes with it.
The tournament week began with a Pro-Am on Monday that featured 13 teams in a friendly competition to kick off the championship. Charlie Shuman, the namesake of the Charlie's Maine Open, helps to make the Pro-Am serve as a fundraiser for the MSGA Scholarship Fund through his generous sponsorship of this event. Click here for results from the Pro-Am.
Play was suspended at 3:31 as a thunderstorm moved through the Capitol region. Play resumed for those still on the course at 4:01.
Shot of the day honors went to T. Jay Fairlie of Broomall, PA, who made a hole-in-one on the 197-yard 7th hole. Fairlie finished with a score of 67.
The amateur field was cut to the low 20 (and ties) to advance to tomorrow’s final round. This year’s amateur cut fell at 74.