98th annual championships

Anderson third, Jones ties for fourth in prestigious Maine Amateur

Wyman wins golf tournament played July 11-13 at Brunswick Golf Club
By Ken Waltz | Jul 14, 2017

Brunswick — Two of the most successful and talented golfers in Midcoast history — Ricky Jones of Thomaston and Cole Anderson of Camden — were in the hunt for the title throughout the three-day, 54-hole, 134-golfer, 98th annual Maine Amateur Golf Championships at the Brunswick Golf Club.

Anderson finished (72-70-72—214, 2-under par) for solo third and Jones (72-70-73—215, 1-under par) to tie for fourth. Only five golfers finished under par, with Anderson and Jones two of them.

The two Midcoast golfers, Jones in his 40s and Anderson age 16, played in the same group the final day.

The tournament began on Tuesday, July 11 and concluded on Thursday, July 13.

Jack Wyman of the Portland Country Club prevailed over Sam Grindle of the Island Country Club (Deer Isle-Stonington) despite inclement 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 another hot start on the front nine, as he carded 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 10 birdies, one eagle and two bogeys on the tournament’s front nine holes for an astonishing 10-under par on the par-35 outward side.

Grindle made a few birdies around the turn and trimmed Wyman’s lead to two shots after he birdied the 12th hole when the hard rain began to fall. The duo 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 clubhouse.

Despite a double-bogey on the final hole, Wyman won by two shots over Grindle with a score of 69-68-74—211 (-5).

Grindle had the lone round of the day under par, and his final round 71 gave him a score of 68-74-71—213 (-3).

Anderson birdied the final hole to finish in solo third. Jones and Joe Baker of Martindale Country Club rounded out the top five, as both finished tied for fourth.

The top 16 finishers earned a berth at the Maine Match Play Invitational in Augusta at the Waterville CC. The event will feature 32 of the top players in the state in a single-elimination match-play bracket .

After 36 holes, Anderson and Jones sat five strokes off the lead at 142 — or 2-under par. Anderson and Jones shot identical 72-70–142 the first two days. The two are members at the Samoset Resort Golf Club in Rockport.

Jones is a three-time Maine Amateur champion and multi-time runner-up in the prestigious competition. Jones is perhaps the best amateur golfer ever to hail from the Midcoast.

Anderson is a Camden Hills Regional High School junior and two-time defending state Class A champion. He also recently won the New England PGA men's junior title and will play his future Division I college golf at Division I Florida State University.

Jones played his Division I golf at the University of Maine in Orono.

The other known golfers, with Midcoast ties, in this year's Maine Amateur field included: James Anderson (77-72–77—226, tied for 21st), Jamie Boutin (81-81–162, missed cut), Jon Hardy (82-81–163, missed cut), Perry Goodspeed IV (85-86–171, missed cut) and Chris Seavey (82-88–170, missed cut).

Stating Wyman got off to a hot start during the second round would be an understatement. The 26-year-old scorched the front nine with six birdies to shoot 29 en route to a round of 68 and the lead into the final round.

Wyman got it to 7-under par at one point before dropping three shots down the difficult finishing stretch. Despite the late bogeys, his two round score of 69–68–137 gave him a three-stroke lead with one round to go.

In second sat Joe Alvarez of Webhannet Golf Club (Kennebunk), who matched Wyman with a 68 for the low round of the day.

Wyman and Alvarez had been Maine State Golf Association champions in the past, but looked for their first title in the premier amateur event in the Pine Tree State.

Alvarez sat alone in solo second at 140 (-4) after rounds of 72-68.

First-round leader Grindle slid back with a round of 74, but at tied for third with Cole Anderson and Ricky Jones.

The cut fell at 152 (+8) for this year’s championship, as 41 players made it through to the final round on Thursday.

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Ken Waltz has been member of the media nearly 35 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon, who lives in North Carolina.

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