Cole Leads Senior Amateur at Waterville
OAKLAND – Since Len Cole (Falmouth CC) turned 55 years old last summer, he’s been on a torrid pace in MSGA senior events once he started competing against those his age. He’s won more than a handful of Senior Tour and regular Weekend events already in 2018, and sits poised to add the biggest individual win of the year to his resumé after an opening 69 (-1) today at the Maine Senior Amateur Championship.
Cole was part of the winning team from Falmouth CC at the Senior Club Team Championship in May, and the Senior Four-Ball at Purpoodock in June. Both those wins came with teammates on his side, but the Senior Amateur is solely his to win or lose tomorrow. His lead is only one, and the second round promises to be a close race to the end, with six players within four strokes of the lead.
After a round that featured four birdies against three birdies, Cole was the only player under par in the first round. He’ll be joined in tomorrow’s final pairing with none other than his Senior Four-Ball partner Mark Plummer (Augusta CC), himself a five time winner of the Senior Amateur. Plummer carded a round of 70 (E) along with home club member Tom Palmer, who will round out the final group tomorrow.
Gary Manoogian (Falmouth CC) and Tom Bean (Biddeford-Saco CC) sit T4 after opening rounds of 72.
Players will have to deal with forecasted extreme heat in tomorrow’s final round, which will commence at 7:30 am.
About the event:
The 57th Maine Senior Amateur Championship takes place August 28-29 this week at Waterville CC. Maine amateur golfers aged 55 and above are eligible to compete in this championship.
In addition to the overall championship, players will compete for prizes within four flights broken down by age: 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and 70+. The winner of the overall event can come from any flight.