Four Players Tied After Round 1 of Maine Amateur
SACO – The first round of the 2020 Maine Amateur Championship is in the books, and four players share the lead after opening rounds of 70 (-1). This year marks the 101st playing of the Maine Amateur, and despite a different landscape for golfers to be competing in versus years past, the caliber of play remained solid, and the leaderboard is stacked up with 36 holes left to play.
Among those at the top of the leaderboard are two players who were exempt into the tournament and two players who earned their way in via qualifiers held in June. Alex McGonagle (Val Halla GC) was the medalist at the qualifier at Brunswick GC, and the 20-year old kept up his fine form with a round of three birdies against two bogeys. Jon Humphrey (Presque Isle CC) qualified for the tournament at Bangor Municipal GC for the first time this year, and made the most of his debut in the Amateur with a round of 70 as well.
Drew Powell (Penobscot Valley GC) has been a regular in Maine competitions over the last few years and equaled the group tied for the lead, as did 18-year old Biddeford-Saco CC member Armand Ouellette in front of a hometown crowd.
While the early players dealt with calm weather for the first hour of play, the winds picked up as the day went along, and Biddeford-Saco held its own as players dealt with difficult conditions throughout the day.
Just one shot back sits defending champion Cole Anderson (Samoset Resort), who overcame some early bogeys to shoot a round of even-par 71. He is joined by last year’s Match Play champion Will Kannegieser (Martindale CC), as well as Cade Charron (Brunswick GC) and home-club member Brian Angis at even par after 18 holes.
Moving day begins tomorrow morning again at 8:00 am, as all 132 players in the field will tee it up for the second round. After tomorrow’s play, the top 40 players (and ties) will advance to Thursday’s final round.