Byrne Medalist at Waterville; Maine Am Field Set
OAKLAND, ME – No matter what sport one is playing, it’s always a bonus to have home field advantage. That was the case at the third and final qualifying tournament for the Maine Amateur Championship today at Waterville CC, as Kevin Byrne from the host club secured medalist honors with a score of 70 (E) to lead all scorers. Carding five birdies against five bogeys to shoot even par on the day, the winner of multiple Waterville club championships led the way among the 24 players who advanced from today’s event.
Just one shot back with a score of 71 was Heath Cowan (Lakewood GC), followed by Waterville’s Nicholas Pelotte who made two late birdies to shoot 72. Byrne and Pelotte led the way among four players from the host club to get through the qualifier. Truman Libby (Springbrook GC) was only three shots off of his age today, as the 73-year old booked his ticket to Portland CC with a score of 76. He will be the oldest competitor in next month’s championship.
At the end of the day the cut for today’s event fell at 79, with Teddy Forsely (Purpoodock Club) earning the final spot in the Maine Amateur field on a match of cards.
The field is now set for the 100th playing of the Maine Amateur Championship on July 9-11. Over the past three weeks and three qualifiers, 85 golfers played their way into spots in the championship proper. They will join the 47 exempt players at Portland CC to round out the 132 player field.