Anderson Leads After Round 1 of Maine Amateur
FALMOUTH – Cole Anderson (Samoset Resort) hasn’t played in many Maine Amateur Championships to date, but he knows how to get things done in this event. The 18-year old from Camden shot 65 (-5) in the first group of the day to stake an early three stroke lead after the first day of play of the 100th Maine Amateur Championship. Anderson was runner-up last year at Belgrade Lakes GC and finished third in 2017 at Brunswick GC.
On the day, Anderson made six birdies against only one bogey to set the bar high early in the championship. Sitting three back after day one with rounds of 68 (-2) are Joe Alvarez (Webhannet GC) and Garrett Olson (Brunswick GC).
Alvarez has an impressive track record in MSGA championships, having won the Mid-Amateur multiple times to go with a few team titles over the last two decades. The Amateur has always been in his sights, and with his opening 68 he remains in striking distance with two rounds to play.
Olson, who lives in West Bath, just recently started competing in MSGA championships again after a stint as a minor league baseball player. Injuries forced him away from the diamond and back to the course, and he made the most of his first Maine Amateur he’s competed in since the event was last held at Portland CC in 2011.
Rounding out the top five after the first round are Caleb Manuel (Brunswick GC) and Scott Sirois (The Woodlands Club), who both carded 70 (E). At age 17, Manuel is quite familiar with Anderson and his game, as the two have been competing for years against each other. Manuel narrowly defeated Anderson last fall to win the Maine Schoolboy title, the only time in Anderson’s four years of high school he didn’t claim that title.
Of note in today’s round was the pairing of Kellen Adickes (Samoset Resort) and Truman Libby (Springbrook GC), as the two competitors showed the uniqueness and splendor of golf. Adickes is only 12-years old, and believed to be the youngest competitor in the event’s history. Libby is 61 years his elder at 73-years old, but the two teed it up together as part of the diverse field of 132 players.Play will resume tomorrow morning for the second round at 7:30 am. At day’s end, the field will be cut to the low 40 players and ties to advance to Thursday’s final round.