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Wyman wins Maine Amateur!

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Brunswick — It’s never easy to win your first Maine Amateur Championship. It’s even harder to win when a hard rain falls on the most demanding stretch of the golf course, but Jack Wyman (Portland CC) prevailed over Sam Grindle (Island CC) despite the weather to win his first title in the state’s premier amateur championship.

Despite the unseasonably cold July temperatures in the low 60s, Wyman got off to yet another hot start on the front nine, carding birdies on his first three holes. He quickly extended his overnight lead of three shots to six before dropping a few coming in. In total, Wyman made ten birdies, one eagle and two bogeys on the tournament’s front nine for an astonishing ten under on the par 35 outward side.

Grindle made a few birdies around the turn and trimmed Wyman’s lead to two shots after birdieing the 12th hole when the hard rain began to fall. They stepped to the demanding 216 yard par-3 13th hole and Grindle hit his in the water. Wyman made par and extended the lead back to three. Both parred 14, and Grindle bogeyed the long par-4 15th to drop another shot to Wyman.

At that point Wyman had four shots to play with, and he used a few of them in safely getting to the house. Despite a double bogey on the final hole, he won by two shots over Grindle with a score of 211 (-7). Grindle had the lone round of the day under par, and his final round 71 gave him a score of 213 (-5). Sixteen year-old Cole Anderson (Samoset Resort GC) birdied the final hole to finish in solo third at 214 (-2). Ricky Jones (Samoset Resort GC) and Joe Baker (Martindale CC) rounded out the top five, both finishing T4 at 215 (-1).

The top sixteen finishers earned a berth at the Maine Match Play Invitational, to be played in August at Waterville CC. The event features 32 of the top players in the state in a single elimination match play bracket .

The MSGA would like to thank the entire staff at Brunswick GC for going above and beyond to provide a wonderful atmosphere for the players and spectators. Thanks are also in order for course superintendent Allan Greenleaf and his staff for providing excellent course conditions for the tournament. We’d also like to extend our gratitude to all the volunteers who showed up to help in every capacity to make this event run so smoothly.

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