Maine Junior Amateur Round 1 Recap
GORHAM, ME – The first round of the 2020 Maine Junior Championship is in the books after a warm day at Gorham CC, and the scoring was great for the state’s top young golfers. This annual event is a 36-hole championship and has been crowning state junior champions dating back to 1934.
In the Boys 16-18 age group, a trio of players managed to break par to lead the way. Armand Ouellette, fresh off a victory in the Biddeford-Saco club championship this past weekend, led all scorers with a blistering round of 66 (-5). He finished the round birdie-eagle on the last two holes to carry a one shot lead into tomorrow’s final round.
Just one shot back is Brunswick GC’s Caleb Manuel, who has been in top form of late with a 4th place finish at the Maine Amateur Championship and 3rd place finish in the New England Amateur last week. Manuel shot even par on his first nine before making four birdies on the back to shoot a round of 67 (-4). The two will be joined by Manuel's fellow Brunswick member Cade Charron, who fired a round of 70. All three players are 18-years-old and are trying to claim their first Junior Championship in their last year of eligibility.
In the Girls 16-18 age group, Lindsay Cote had the low round of the day, carding splits on both sides of 36 for a round of 72. The 17-year-old from Newport holds a five-stroke lead over Ruby Haylock (77), who is fresh off of a win at last week’s Maine Women’s Amateur. They will be joined by Morghan Dutil (79) in the final girls pairing.
The Boys 14-15 flight is being led by Elliot Spaulding after an opening 77 that included a back-nine score of one-under par. Russell Dalton, Baker O’Leary and Charlie Austin sit two shots back after rounds of 79.
The Girls 14-15 flight has Ruth Weeks in the lead after a first round 85. She is one stroke clear of Jade Haylock in second place at 86.
Marc Twombly has the lead in the Boys 12-13 division after a 78. That leaves him three shots clear of second place held by Edward Goff V at 81.
The youngest flights of the Maine Junior Championship play just nine holes a day and are playing this year on Gorham CC’s back nine both days. In the Boys 11 & Under flight, Drew Mertzel leads after shooting 39 today. Leading the Girls 13 & Under flight is McKenna Castle with a 48.
The second and final round will commence tomorrow morning at 7:30 am.