Maine Amateur Championship Round 1 Underway

Jul 7, 2020

The first round of the 2020 Maine Amateur Championship is currently underway at Biddeford-Saco CC. The field of 132 of the best players in the state of Maine take to the golf course today in search of becoming the 101st champion of this storied event. Be sure to follow the action all day with live scoring from the entire field.

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Event Preview

The Maine State Golf Association is pleased to be hosting the 101st Maine Amateur Championship for the fourth time in the event’s storied history at Biddeford-Saco CC on July 7-9. The southern Maine club opened in 1920 as a nine-hole golf course designed by Donald Ross. In the 1980’s the club brought in architect Brian Silva to finish the second nine using Ross’ original blueprints, and the back nine opened in 1986. Biddeford-Saco has hosted the Maine Amateur previously in 1930, 1991, and 2008.

Last year’s Maine Amateur Championship was held at Portland Country Club and was won by Camden’s Cole Anderson. The 18-year old representing Samoset Resort shot rounds of 65-69-67 en route to a score of 201 (-9) to beat runner-up Reese McFarlane by eight strokes. Anderson is in the field again this year to defend his title, and will join John Hayes IV, Ricky Jones, Mark Plummer, and Andrew Slattery as the only former champions in the field of 132 players. 

This year saw 364 players register for a chance to compete in the championship, including 53 players who were exempt. The other 79 players earned their spots at qualifiers across the state of Maine in June held at Willowdale GC, Brunswick GC, Poland Spring GC, and Bangor Municipal GC. 

The Maine Amateur is a 54-hole stroke play competition. The field for the championship will be cut to the low 40 players plus ties after two rounds, who will advance to Thursday’s final round. Any player that makes the cut will be exempt from qualifying for the 2021 Maine Amateur Championship at Kebo Valley GC in Bar Harbor. Additionally, the top 16 and ties will earn a berth in the 2020 Match Play Invitational, to be played at Spring Meadows GC in August.

 

Fun Facts:

• The field is comprised of 132 players representing 40 different golf clubs from around Maine. 

• Host club Biddeford-Saco has the most players in the field with 15, followed by Martindale CC and Brunswick GC with 14. Falmouth CC and Val Halla GC have 8 each.

• Ten of Maine’s 16 counties have at least one player in the field.

• There is one set of brothers competing in the championship; Alex and Nick McGonagle from Val Halla GC.

• There is one father and son duo in the field; Andy Spaulding and his son Elliot, both from Brunswick GC.

• The oldest player in the field is Jim Quinn (72), and the youngest is Elliot Spaulding (14). The average age for the field is 35.2.

• There are 24 players in the field with a Handicap Index of 0.0 or better. The average Handicap Index for the field is 2.1.

• The last time the Maine Amateur was decided by a playoff was back in 1998, when Eric Crouse defeated Mark Plummer on the third playoff hole at Kebo Valley GC.

 

Field:

The field is made up of 132 players from the following golf clubs, with the number of players from that club in parentheses: Aroostook Valley (1), Augusta (3), Bangor Municipal (1), Barnes Brook (3), Belgrade Lakes (1), Biddeford-Saco (15), Blue Hill (2), Brunswick (14), Cape Arundel (1), Deep Brook (1), Dunegrass (2), Falmouth (8), Fox Ridge (2), Hermon Meadow (1), Island (1), Kebo Valley (1), Mars Hill (1), Martindale (14), Natanis (2), Nonesuch River (2), Norway (1), Penobscot Valley (4), Point Sebago (1), Poland Spring (1), Portland (6), Presque Isle (2), Purpoodock (5), Riverside (5), Salmon Falls (1), Samoset (6), South Portland Municipal (1), Springbrook (3), Spring Meadows (1), Turner Highlands (1), Val Halla (8), Waterville (2), Webhannet (2), Willowdale (2), The Woodlands (2), York (2).

 

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 71 and will measure around 6,350 yards for the championship. 

Tee Times:

Tuesday  July 7 8:00 to 9:50 a.m.; 12:30 to 2:20 p.m.
Wednesday  July 8 8:00 to 9:50 a.m.; 12:30 to 2:20 p.m.  
Thursday July 9 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (approx..)

LINKS: Tee Times | Past Champions | Results from 2001 to Present