28th Mid-Amateur Championship Preview
NEWRY, ME – The Maine State Golf Association will conclude its championship season this weekend at Sunday River CC, as some of the state’s top players will tee it up in the 28th playing of the Mid-Amateur Championship. The tournament is open to Maine resident golfers who have reached their 25th birthday by the first round of the event on September 22.
In addition to playing for one of the state’s most coveted titles, players are also competing for the last three available exemptions into next year’s Maine Amateur Championship. The top three finishers in this weekend’s event (who aren’t already exempt) will earn a berth in the 100th playing of the Maine Amateur Championship at Portland CC next July.
The USGA introduced the Mid-Amateur Championship in 1981 after they noticed that the United States Amateur was being won by predominantly college-aged golfers. Their aim was to create a competitive championship for older golfers who never turned pro and played as lifelong amateurs. The MSGA followed suit a decade later, introducing the championship to its schedule in 1991.
- The field consists of 69 players representing 30 different Maine golf clubs;
- Falmouth CC has the most players in the field with seven, followed by Sable Oaks GC with six and Martindale CC and Samoset Resort with five;
- Kyle Bourassa, Jordan Jones and Nate McCue are the three 25-year-olds in the field making their debut in their first eligible year to compete. Jim Raye is the oldest player in the field at 63. The average age in the field is 42.3;
- The average USGA Handicap Index for the field is 4.1;
- There are six former champions in the field: Ricky Jones (2001, ’03, ’04, ’05, ’10), Scott Sirois (2009), Ashley Fifield (2012), Keith Patterson III (2014), Mike Doran (2015) and Peter Wright (2017).
The field is comprised of players from 30 Maine golf clubs, with the number of players from that course in parentheses: Bangor Municipal (1), Bath (1), Biddeford-Saco (3), Boothbay Harbor (1), Brunswick (4), Cobbossee Colony (1), Dunegrass (1), Falmouth (7), Fox Ridge (1), Freeport (2), The Ledges (1), Martindale (5), The Meadows (1), Mere Creek (1), Nonesuch River (2), Old Marsh (1), Penobscot Valley (2), Point Sebago (1), Portland (3), Purpoodock (2), Riverside (3), Rockland (2), Sable Oaks (6), Samoset Resort (5), Sanford (2), Spring Meadows (2), Sunday River (1), Turner Highlands (1), Val Halla (4), Willowdale (2), and The Woodlands (2).
The tournament will consist of 36 holes of stroke play with no cut.
Round 1: September 22, 2018 – 8:00 am to 11:40 am
Round 2: September 23, 2018 – 8:00 am to 11:40 am
Sunday River GC was designed by architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and opened for play in 2005. The course will play as a par 72 for the championship from approximately 6,600 yards.
In addition to this year’s Mid-Amateur Championship, Sunday River CC has previously hosted five MSGA Championship events: 2006 Mid-Amateur Championship, 2007 B&C Championship, 2008 and 2009 Two-Man Championship, and 2012 Maine Amateur Championship.