Maine Amateur Championship Underway
The Maine State Golf Association is pleased to be hosting the 102nd Maine Amateur Championship at Kebo Valley Golf Club in Bar Harbor on July 13-15, 2021. Kebo, as it is affectionately called by most, is the oldest golf club in Maine and the eighth oldest in the United States. Situated on Mount Desert Island, the club opened in 1888 and has had U.S. Presidents and Tour pros alike on its grounds. Adding to the club’s history, this year will mark the eighth time the MSGA has hosted the Amateur at Kebo.
Despite its long history, Kebo Valley didn’t host its first Maine Amateur Championship until 1960, won by Jim Veno. The club hosted again in 1962 (Veno), 1964 (Todd Read), 1981 (Ralph Noel, Jr.), 1988 (Sean Gorgone), 1998 (Eric Crouse), and most recently in 2010 (Ryan Gay). Crouse won in a playoff in 1998, and surprisingly that is the most recent playoff in the Amateur, a stretch of 23 years.
Last year’s Maine Amateur Championship was held at Biddeford-Saco CC and was won by Camden’s Cole Anderson. The 19-year old representing the Samoset Resort shot rounds of 71-67-65 en route to a score of 203 (-10), carding the lowest score in relation to par in tournament history. Anderson beat runner-up John Hayes by six strokes to win his second consecutive Amateur title. Anderson is not in the field this year, as the Florida State University player will be competing in Mississippi in the Southern Amateur. Ryan Gay, John Hayes, Ricky Jones, and Andrew Slattery are the only former champions in the field of 132 players.
This year saw 306 players register for a chance to compete in the championship, including 54 players who were exempt. The other 78 players earned their spots at qualifiers across the state of Maine in June, held at Biddeford-Saco CC, Fox Ridge GC, and Bangor Municipal GC.
The tournament will begin on Tuesday, July 13. with winners from 2020 MSGA championships in the first group. John Hayes (Mid-Amateur), Will Kannegieser (Match Play), and Caleb Manuel (Junior) will get the tournament going at 7:00 am. Round two will feature former champions Gay, Jones, and Slattery going out first.
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 2022 Maine Amateur Championship at Webhannet GC in Kennebunk. Additionally, the top 16 and ties will earn a berth in the 2021 Match Play Invitational, to be played at Fox Ridge GC in August.
- The field is comprised of 132 players representing 40 different golf clubs from across the state of Maine.
- Biddeford-Saco CC has the most players in the field with 15, followed by Brunswick GC (11), Fox Ridge GC (8), Val Halla (7), Portland CC and The Woodlands Club (6). Host club Kebo Valley GC has four players competing.
- Eleven of Maine’s 16 counties have at least one player in the field.
- There is one father and son duo in the field; Andy Spaulding and his son Elliot. There are two sets of brothers competing in the championship; Michael and Joe Walp, and Jace and Vance Pearson.
- The oldest player in the field is Jim Quinn (73), and the youngest is Kellen Adickes (14). The average age for the field is 35.4.
- There are 30 players in the field with a Handicap Index of 0.0 or better. The average Handicap Index for the field is 2.1.
Field: The field is made up of 132 players from the following golf clubs, with the number of players from that club in parentheses: Augusta (3), Bangor Municipal (2), Barnes Brook (4), Bath (1), Belgrade Lakes (2), Biddeford-Saco (15), Blue Hill (2), Brunswick (11), Cape Arundel (2), Deep Brook (1), Fairlawn (1), Falmouth (4), Fox Ridge (8), Goose River (1), Hermon Meadow (1), Hidden Meadows (1), Island (1), Kebo Valley (4), Martindale (5), Natanis (1), Nonesuch River (2), Norway (2), Penobscot Valley (4), Point Sebago (1), Poland Spring (1), Portland (6), Presque Isle (2), Prouts Neck (2), Purpoodock (5), Riverside (3), Samoset (3), Springbrook (3), Turner Highlands (1), Val Halla (7), Waterville (2), Wawenock, (1), Webhannet (5), Willowdale (4), The Woodlands (6), 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 70 and will measure around 6,100 yards for the championship.
Tuesday, July 13 7:00 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.
Wednesday, July 14 7:00 a.m. to 2:10 p.m.
Thursday, July 15 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (approx..)