News from the 2018 State of Maine Championship
Professional Division: Going into the final round with matching five shot leads, the day would pretty much be a match play situation between Jeff Seavey and John Hickson for the title. These two had been there many times before and this one didn't disappoint. Neither player ever got more than one shot ahead until the 17th hole. Hickson carded double bogey, bogey on the last two holes, while Seavey made pars on holes 17 and 18, sealing the victory by three shots.
Amateur Division: Brian Bilodeau playing in the final group with the two Professional Division leaders, was tied for low amateur honors with Justin Beauregard after Round 1. Despite having three 7s on his card, he added three birdies and was able hold on for a one shot victory over charging Jason MacDonald.
Senior Professional Division: Having struggled to a 92 in the first round, Northport Golf Club Professional Robb Herron, came back in round 2 and posted a fine 84 to take Senior Pro honors over Bob Mathews by one shot.
Senior Amateur Division: Ed Grossman, playing out of Mingo Springs GC, nearly matched his 87 from Round-1, posting a second round 88 to take the Low Senior Amateur title over Tom Foley by eight strokes.
The Maine Chapter wishes to thanks the entire Sugarloaf staff, especially head pro Zach Zondlo and Assistant Indiana Jones, for making everyone feel welcome at this spectacular venue.
Final: Overall Championship Results
The start of Round 1 of the 2018 State of Maine Championship began with everything from a quick rain shower to players sleeping in their cars in the Sugarloaf parking lot. By the time the first group hit their opening tee shots, the sun was starting to come out and we were off to a great day at “The Loaf”.
Jeff Seavey, playing with Pro-Am partner Jason MacDonald, set the early pace playing their 18 holes in just over three hours. Despite the torrid pace Seavey managed a 3-birdie, 4-bogey, one-over 73 to set the clubhouse lead.
Seavey’s fine round was quickly matched by defending champion John Hickson, playing in the third group of the day. Hickson’s round was a little more eventful, carding 6-bogeys and 5-birdies. But when the dust settled, the two long time competitors posted matching 73’s which will get them into the last group of the day tomorrow.
On the amateur side of things, Brian Bilodeau overcame two doubles to bring it home in a 6-over 78. Justin Beauregard later matched the 78 and they go into the final round tied for low-amateur honors.
Prouts Neck Pro-Am Wrap-Up
Despite a few showers in the afternoon, 104 players were treated to near perfect conditions as they navigated around one of Maine’s finest tracks, Prouts Neck Country Club in Scarborough. Hats off to Head Professional Chris Trombly and his staff for sharing a small piece of their golfing heaven. It doesn’t get much better than teeing off on the edge of the Atlantic, with the beach a mere few feet away.
This Pro-Am was the Chapter’s first Scholarship Event of the season. Entry fees were increased by $10 per player and a total of $1,040 was realized for the Maine Scholarship Fund. A second Scholarship event is scheduled for September 24th at Portland Country Club.
With a last name starting with “V”, Portland CC head professional, Dan Venezio probably spent a lot of time at the back of the line in his early years, but at Tuesday, May 22nd’s Pro-Am, Dan stormed to the front with four birdies, carding a 2-under 68 to take low Professional honors. Teeing it up in the 3rd group of the day, Dan got it going in the middle of his round, playing holes 8-13 in 4-under par.
Brett Smestad, playing out of Rochester CC, gave the leader a run for his money with an impressive 7 birdies overall. Unfortunately, Brett’s round also included 6 bogies, giving him a final score of 1-under 69. All was not lost however, as Brett’s playing partners all contributed rounds in the 70’s, propelling them into a 2-shot victory, with a 12-under, two-best ball total score of 128, to take the team component of this event.
John Carey, representing our partners Cleveland and Srixon, made it a memorable day, handing out Srixon golf balls to all the amateurs and providing Cleveland putters and wedges for Closest to the Pin prizes and a couple of Srixon stand bags for a raffle drawing.
Prize winners were:
|Kyle O'Bryan||Cleveland Wedge|
|John Hickson||Cleveland Putter|
|Scott Mann||Cleveland Wedge|
|Kevin Gaynor||Cleveland Putter|
|Tyler Baker||Srixon Bag|
|Gary Howard||Srixon Bag|
For complete results click here.
Maine Chapter NEPGA
Pro-Pro Stroke Play Championship
Monday, May 14th
CHAD PENMAN & KEVIN “BLAZE” ELLIS
2018 PRO-PRO STROKE PLAY CHAMPIONS!
The first Championship of the season at Webhannet Golf Club has typically been a chilly one and the 2018 Pro-Pro Stroke Play Championship was no different. But despite an overcast low of 50 °F for the morning round, the sun finally broke out for a pleasant afternoon round in the 60’s.
The teams of Shawn Warren & Sean Barrett and Dan Limauro & Chris Kelloway led the way with the first tee time of the day and set a torrid pace, playing their first round in about 3 hours, all the while shooting a 1-uner 70 and 2-over 73, respectively. But the low round of the morning belonged to the teams of Chad Penman & Kevin Ellis and John Hickson & Kirk Kimball, who both brought it home in 3-under 68’s to tie for the first round lead.
Having posted a 1-under round of 70 in the morning, the team of Ron Bibeau & Scott Mayer made it interesting in the afternoon. Aided by a five hole stretch, starting on hole #4, where Scott went Eagle, Birdie, Birdie, Par, Birdie, the team carded a low round of the day, 4-under 67, to take the clubhouse lead of 5-under 137.
But it wasn’t over, as Penman & Ellis combined for five birdies and only one bogey to match the 67 with their afternoon round and take home the first crystal of the season, with a two shot victory. Interestingly they were the only team of the day to walk and credit must also go to their friend Peter Vreeke who was a big part of the tree man team, looping the 36 holes with both bags.
Maine Chapter Championship
What a week we had up to Rockland area, we got attacked with all sorts of weather, however we were able to trudge through it and finish the Championship. Tuesday was our kickoff day with round 1 of the Chapter Championship as well as our Senior Chapter Championship, which was a one round event. There were 13 individuals vying for a chance to be crowned our Senior Champion of 2017 hosted at Rockland Golf Club. We were pleasantly welcomed with what felt like gale force winds to start the day, which seemed to slightly subside as the round commenced. Besides the wind there were minimal clouds in the sky and warm temperatures surrounding us.
State of Maine Championship
Sugarloaf Golf Club | August 8-9th
The State of Maine Championship kicked off on Monday August 7th with the annual Pro-am event, which consisted of 18 teams. All we heard leading up to the event was rain, rain, rain and luckily only a few groups got damp on their last holes of the day. The event was a 1:30 PM shotgun start. This was a great round for many especially with it being the day prior to the State of Maine Championship. A lot of participants use the Pro-Am as a practice round for the Championship.