Devereaux Hangs on to Win Mid-Amateur Championship
No one ever said winning a golf tournament is easy.
After an opening 65 in Friday’s first round of the 2021 Mid-Amateur Championship, Derek Devereaux had to sleep on the overnight lead after having the best round of his young career. The 25-year-old member from the host club of Brunswick GC was competing in this event for the first time, as the tournament is only open to players aged 25 and older. It was a tough go from the start of his second round, but at the end of the day his second round 78 was good enough for a two-day total of 143 (-1) to win the event by one stroke.
Playing two hours in front of the last group, fellow Brunswick member Jeff Cole had the round of the day, firing a second round 68. Along with his opening 76, Cole was the leader in the clubhouse for a while with a two-day total of 144 (E). He was joined shortly after by James Frost, Jr. who shot a round of 70 to join Cole for the clubhouse lead.
After three early bogeys on his back nine, Devereaux’s lead had evaporated to just two strokes, but a late stretch of pars was enough to get him to the clubhouse. Despite a bogey on the last hole, his score of -1 gave him the first individual championship of the MSGA season.
In the tournament within the tournament, players in the field were competing for three exemptions into next month’s Maine Amateur Championship at Kebo Valley. Devereaux grabbed one of them, and the other two went to Justin Irish and Scott Nevers, who both finished at 146. Both players finished one shot back of Zach Golojuch, who finished in fourth place at 145.
The MSGA Championship season continues next week, as the first of three qualifiers for the Maine Amateur will take place at Biddeford-Saco CC on Thursday, June 10.