Manuel Wins 2021 Maine Amateur With Closing 68
Manuel Wins 2021 Maine Amateur Championship
For immediate release: July 15, 2021
BAR HARBOR – A trio of players entered the final round of the 102nd Maine Amateur Championship tied for the lead, but at the end of the day, 19-year old Caleb Manuel (Brunswick GC) claimed the title with a final round 68 to win the tournament by one stroke over Will Kannegieser (Portland CC).
Manuel had the first round lead after an opening 68, but faltered in round two with a 75 to come back to the field. After two days, he was tied with Kannegieser and Joe Alvarez (Webhannet GC) at 143 (+3). The winner looked like it would come from the final pairing all day long, as all three players had the lead or share of the lead throughout the final round. But despite a birdie on 18 from the chasing Kannegieser, Manuel’s bogey-free round of 68 was enough to win the title by one stroke.
Manuel, who is a rising sophomore at the University of Connecticut, shot rounds of 68-75-68—211 (+1) over three days at Kebo Valley. The Bar Harbor golf course held its own over the week, testing players with difficult weather conditions on top of the always difficult greens that have been challenging players for over a century.
Kannegieser finished in solo second for the week, improving each day with rounds of 73-70-69—212 (+2). He had twice defeated Manuel over the last two seasons in the Match Play Invitational, but on this Thursday in July on MDI Manuel finally got his revenge. Kannegieser bogeyed the 17th hole while within one shot of the lead, so despite a birdie on the closing hole of the event, he came up one shot short.
Alvarez finished T3 after a round of 73. He was in contention early, but a double bogey on the 9th hole set him back and chasing the leaders the rest of the day. Tied for third with Alvarez was Alex Mcgonagle (Val Halla GC), who tied for the low round of the championship with a closing 68. In all, seven players broke par on the final day, when the wind finally laid down and the sun came out, allowing players to get after the golf course after difficult conditions on the first two days.
Closing out the top of the leaderboard were Mike Arsenault, Jr. (Val Halla GC) at 217, followed by former champions Andrew Slattery (Portland CC) and John Hayes (Purpoodock Club) at 218.
In addition to the final results, the top 16 players and ties from this week’s Amateur will earn a berth in the 2021 Match Play Invitational to be played at Fox Ridge GC on August 3-5.
The MSGA would like to thank the entire staff and crew at Kebo Valley for being hospitable guests for the entire field, providing a great championship environment for everyone who played this week.