Maine Amateur Championship Round 1 Underway
The 2019 Maine Amateur Championship at Portland CC is now underway, as the morning wave of players is on the course on a perfect Maine summer day. Under warm and sunny skies on the edge of Casco Bay, players from all across the Pine Tree State begin their quest to win the title of Maine Amateur champion in the historic 100th playing of this championship.
The Maine State Golf Association is very pleased to be hosting the 100th Maine Amateur Championship at Portland Country Club on July 9-11, 2019. The venerable club opened in 1895 and was one of the founding member clubs of the MSGA in 1917. This will be the 14th time that Portland CC has hosted the state amateur, the first being in 1919 and the most recent in 2011 when Ryan Gay won his third and final Maine Amateur.
Last year’s championship was held at Belgrade Lakes GC and was won by Jack Wyman with a score of 207 (-6). He defeated runner-up Cole Anderson by one stroke. Wyman, who also won the 2017 Maine Amateur at Brunswick GC, is not in the field seeking a three-peat this year, as he has since turned professional. With Wyman not competing, Ron Brown, John Hayes IV, Ricky Jones, Mark Plummer, and Andrew Slattery are the only former champions in the field of 132 players.
In all, there were 47 exempt players to register, and 85 players who earned their spots at qualifiers in June held at Biddeford-Saco CC, Poland Spring GC, and Waterville CC.
This championship is a 54-hole stroke play competition. The field for the championship will be cut to the low 40 two-day scores, plus ties, for Thursday’s final round. Any player that makes the cut will be exempt from qualifying for the 2020 Maine Amateur Championship at Biddeford-Saco CC. Additionally, the top 16 and ties will earn a berth in the 2019 Match Play Invitational, to be played at Point Sebago GC in August.
• The field is comprised of 132 players representing 38 different golf clubs from around Maine.
• Martindale CC has the most players in the field with 13, followed by Biddeford-Saco CC with 12, and Brunswick GC and Val Halla GC with 10 each.
• 14 of Maine’s 16 counties have at least one player in the field.
• There is one set of brothers competing in the championship; Joe and Mike Walp from Falmouth CC.
• There are ten players in the field named Mike or Michael.
• The oldest player in the field is Truman Libby (73), and the youngest is Kellen Addickes (12). The two players are paired together for the first two rounds.
• The mean average age is 35.9, and the median age is 34.
Field: The field is made up of players from the following golf clubs, with the number of players from that club in parentheses:
Augusta (4), Bangor Municipal (2), Barnes Brook (5), Bath (1), Biddeford-Saco (12), Bridgton Highlands (1), Brunswick (10), Cape Arundel (1), Falmouth (8), Fox Ridge (2), Hidden Meadows (1), Island (1), JW Parks (1), Kebo Valley (1), Lakewood (2), Martindale (13), Natanis (1), Nonesuch River (2), Old Marsh (2), Penobscot Valley (2), Poland Spring (2), Portland (7), Presque Isle (1), Prouts Neck (2), Purpoodock (9), Riverside (5), Rockland (2), Salmon Falls (1), Samoset (3), Spring Meadows (1), Springbrook (3), Turner Highlands (1), Val Halla (10), Waterville (5), Webhannet (2), Wilson Lake (1), The Woodlands (4).
Championship: 132 players with 54 holes of stroke play. The field will be cut to 40 and ties after 36 holes. The course will play as a par 70 and will measure around 6,500 yards for the championship.
Schedule: Tuesday, July 9 7:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. off holes 1 and 10
Wednesday, July 10 7:30 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. off holes 1 and 10
Thursday, July 11 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. off hole 1