Caleb Manuel Leads Maine Amateur With Opening 68
BAR HARBOR – Caleb Manuel came into the first round of the 102nd Maine Amateur Championship as one of the favorites, and the 19 year-old from Topsham lived up to the hype. Manuel birdied the final three holes at Kebo Valley in his opening round to fire an opening round 68 (-2) to set the early lead after the first day of competition.
Playing in the first group of the day, Manuel had six birdies on his round. Despite a double bogey on the difficult 6th hole, the rising sophomore at the University of Connecticut played a steady round to open up a one shot lead after the first 18 holes.
The only other red number of the day came from Scott Stone (Val Halla GC), who fired a 69 in the afternoon wave. While the wind came up for players teeing off later in the day, Stone had a clean card through the first 17 holes, but despite the bogey on 18 he sits in solo second entering tomorrow’s second round.
Two players posted a round of even par to sit tied for third after day one. Proving that age is just a number, Mike O’Brien (57) and Kent Johnson (59) fired rounds of even par around the venerable Bar Harbor course. The two stand in third place with 36 holes left to play.
Lance Bernier (Barnes Brook GC), Mike Doran (Brunswick GC), and Joshua Trivilino (York G&TC) sit three shots back with opening rounds of 71.
Play will commence again tomorrow at 7:00 am for the entire field. After 36 holes, the field will be cut to the low 40 players and ties, who will advance to Thursday’s final round.