Thresher Takes Early Lead at Charlie's Maine Open
MANCHESTER, ME – Jason Thresher has been a force to be reckoned with on the professional golf scene in New England over the last few years, but the Charlie’s Maine Open has been one of the few events that has eluded him. He’ll have a chance to add another trophy to his growing collection tomorrow, as the West Suffield, CT pro opened with a blistering 64 (-6) at Augusta CC in today’s opening round of the 2019 Charlie’s Maine Open.
Thresher wasted no time getting into the red numbers in his opening round, birdieing the first hole right out of the gate. He made two other birdies on his first nine, offset by his only bogey of the day on the par-3 7th hole. He put his foot to the pedal on Augusta’s second nine, carding four birdies against no bogeys to fire 64.
Thresher is a three-time winner of the Massachusetts Open (2016-18) and has also won the New Hampshire Open and Greater Bangor Open in recent years. His biggest win in 2019 was the New England Open in Vermont in June.
Only one stroke behind Thresher is a familiar face from recent years at Augusta CC. The defending champion from last year’s Maine Open, Matthew Campbell of Clifton Park, NY, lurks one back after an opening 65 (-5). Campbell, who also won the Maine Open in 2015, is poised to win this event for the third time. Campbell had a lackluster round by his standards with only four holes to play, but birdies on 15 and 16 and an eagle on 18 vaulted him up the leaderboard and into contention.
Campbell is joined by Jason Millard of Murfreesboro, TN in second place after he also fired an opening 65. Millard made seven birdies against two bogeys and will join Thresher and Campbell in the final pairing tomorrow.
Geoffrey Sisk, the 1996 winner of this event, and Brendan Doyle are T4 after opening rounds of 66.
In the amateur flight, tomorrow will be a shootout for the title of low amateur, as three players carded rounds of 69. Joe Alvarez, Scott Sirois, and Peter Wright all find themselves at 1-under par. John Hayes sits just one further back after shooting 70.
The shot of the day belonged to Mark Purrington of Dartmouth, MA, who aced the par-3 2nd hole early in his round. He used a 9-iron from 163 yards to make his first hole-in-one in competition and fourth of his playing career. He fired 68 in his opening round.
The amateur field was cut after round one to include only players that shot 79 or better in the first round. Tomorrow’s final round will commence at 7:00 am, with the leaders teeing off at 12:10 pm.