Campbell Wins Charlie's Maine Open in Playoff
Headline: Campbell Defeats French in Playoff to Win Charlie’s Maine Open
For immediate release: August 8, 2018
Manchester, ME – Most players in the field at the Charlie’s Maine Open would be content with a 4 on the opening hole at Augusta CC. Matthew Campbell of Clifton Park, NY had an aggregate 4 on the first two holes in the final round of this year’s tournament, starting with a birdie on the 1st and making a hole-in-one on the par-3 2nd hole. In the end the ace made the difference, as his two day total of 129 (-11) was good enough in the end to get him into a playoff with Peter French of Franklin, MA, where he emerged victorious to win this title for the second time in his career.
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Campbell, the 2015 winner of this event, aced the 2nd hole with a 9-iron for his fifth career hole-in-one, and his first in competition. Even though most aces require some luck, the rest of his round put his skill on full display, as he played the entire second round without a bogey, making birdies on 6, 10, 14, and 16 for a final round score of 63. In all, he only carded one bogey on the week in 36 holes.
French, who started the day tied with Chelso Barrett at -6, got off to a solid start with a two-under 33 on his front nine. After a bogey on 13 after a wayward drive right, coupled with a Campbell birdie on 14 on the hole ahead, French was three shots back with five to play. He made a routine par on 14 before making a birdie 2 on the 15th. Knowing he needed to make a push, he pulled driver on the reachable par-4 16th and hit his tee shot to 12 feet and rolled the eagle putt in.
After a par on the 17th, French ripped a drive down the 540-yard par-5 18th hole that left him only a 6-iron into the green. “I asked a rules official on 18 where I stood,” French said, “and was amazed someone had posted 11 (under).” Knowing he needed a birdie to force a playoff, he two-putted from 50 feet to finish his last four holes in 4-under par. His rounds of 64-65—129 left him tied with Campbell and poised for a playoff.
The playoff went to Augusta’s 4th hole. Both players hit iron in the fairway, but Campbell’s found a divot. “That was the best thing that could have happened to me,” Campbell explained. Instead of trying to shape a shot into the green like he normally would, he “just choked down on a little 9-iron” and hit it to three feet.
French’s approach shot came up short, and after he missed his long birdie attempt, the stage was set for Campbell. Being a self-professed quick player, he stepped up and brushed in the birdie putt without a practice stroke to win his second Charlie’s Maine Open in four years.
Still pleased with how he played and impressed with Campbell’s score, French admitted after the round, “I got beat, I didn’t lose that golf tournament.”
Barrett shot 64-68--132 (-8) to finish in tied for third with Michael Kartrude of West Palm Beach, FL, who had matching rounds of 66.
In the tournament-within-the-tournament for the amateurs in the field, Jack Wyman won low amateur honors for the 4th time in his career. Playing in the second-to-last group, the 27-year old southpaw held his own against the professionals in the field. His rounds of 66-70—136 (-4) left him tied for 9th for the tournament. Right on his heels was Will Kannegieser, who shot 66 in his second round to finish one behind Wyman.
It should come as no surprise that Wyman and Kannegieser finished 1-2 as the amateurs, as the two will both depart later this week to compete in the U.S. Amateur at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill on California’s Monterrey Peninsula to play against some of the best amateurs in the world. This will be the first time in the prestigious event for both players.
Jeff Seavey of the Samoset Resort finished as the low Maine Chapter Professional with a score of 144.
The MSGA would like to thank the staff, grounds crew, and membership at Augusta for hosting the event for the 7th straight year. Special thanks to Charlie Shuman of Charlie’s Motor Mall in Augusta for his continued support and sponsorship of this championship.