Wyman Wins Mid-Amateur Championship at Sunday River
Wyman Concludes Summer of Success With Mid-Amateur Championship at Sunday River
NEWRY—On a Sunday in late September down in Atlanta, GA, a familiar face lifted a trophy at the end of the day, as Tiger Woods won the 80th PGA Tour event in his storied career. Some 1,000 miles north at Sunday River CC in Maine, another familiar face took home another trophy, as Jack Wyman (Portland CC) continued his torrid play of late by winning the 2018 Mid-Amateur Championship. The 27-year-old southpaw won by a huge margin after rounds of 72 -69 – 141 (-3) left him nine strokes clear of runner-up Scott Sirois (The Woodlands Club).
Wyman has been the man to beat in MSGA championships dating back to last summer when he won the Maine Amateur Championship at Brunswick GC. He successfully defended his title this summer at Belgrade Lakes GC and also qualified to compete at the U.S. Amateur Championship at Pebble Beach. The two-time reigning Dr. Leonardo Buck Player of the Year winner came to the Mid-Amateur at Sunday River this year having finished second in last year’s Mid-Am at Dunegrass CC.
Wyman also joins some exclusive company with this win as he joins Ricky Jones and Mark Plummer as the only players to win the Amateur and Mid-Amateur in the same year.
"It's been one heck of a summer," said Wyman after the round.
His opening round 72 in strong and gusty winds left him with the overnight lead by two strokes. He came out firing in round two in perfect scoring conditions and birdied four of the first six holes. The lead was insurmountable and Wyman cruised on the back nine before signing for the only sub-par round of the championship with 69. Sirois finished in 2nd after rounds of 74 -76 – 150. Mike Doran (Sable Oaks GC) finished in 3rd after rounds of 77 -76 – 153.
In the tournament within the tournament, three players earned a berth into the 100th Maine Amateur Championship next year at Portland CC. Three exemptions are given in the Mid-Amateur every year to the top finishers that aren’t otherwise exempt for next year’s Amateur. Earning their spots next year at Portland are Doran, Jason Macdonald (Brunswick GC) and Bob Langlois (Fox Ridge GC). Langlois was outside the cut line for one of the exemptions before holing out on the 17th hole for an eagle 2 that got him in on the number.
This was the last MSGA Championship event of the busy summer season.