Anderson Goes Wire-to-Wire to Win Maine Amateur
FALMOUTH – Cole Anderson (Samoset Resort) came to Portland CC for this week’s Maine Amateur Championship with one thing on his mind, and that was to win the trophy that had barely eluded him over the past two years. Following a 3rd place finish in 2017 and a runner-up placing last year, the 18-year old from Camden was able to finally lay claim to Maine’s top amateur golf prize today, winning the championship with an amazing score of 201 (-9).
Starting the day with a six stroke lead over a trio of golfers, Anderson wasted no time getting things going, birdieing the short first hole out of the gate. His lead was never in doubt, as the Florida State University freshman cruised for the entire day without dropping a single stroke.
With birdies on 1, 11, and 16, Anderson fired a final round 67 to win by eight strokes over Reese McFarlane (Purpoodock Club). Anderson, the 2018 MSGA Match Play Invitational champion, had all three rounds in the red this week, shooting 65-69-67—201 for the championship.
McFarlane, who won the 2018 New England Amateur Championship at Portland CC, had his best career finish in the Maine Amateur. He was the only other player in the field to finish under par for the week, shooting scores of 71-69-69—209 (-1). Playing alongside Anderson and McFarlane was home clubber Jason Gall, who rounded out the top three with a final round of 73 to finish at 213 (+3) for the event.
Joe Alvarez (Webhannet GC) finished in solo fourth at 214 (+4) after three days, followed by Scott Sirois (The Woodlands Club) and defending Maine schoolboy champion Caleb Manuel (Brunswick GC) at 215 (+5).
The MSGA would like to extend its sincere gratitude to Portland CC for providing warm hospitality and an amazing venue for the historic 100th playing of this event. This was the 14th time in the event’s history that the club has hosted, and players were treated to a fair but stern test, as evidenced by the fact that only two players finished under par for the week.
All players who made the cut will earn an exemption into next year’s Maine Amateur at Biddeford-Saco CC. Additionally, the top-16 players and ties will receive an invitation to the Match Play Invitational on August 27-29 at Point Sebago GC.