BRUNSWICK, Maine (Sept. 25, 2013) -- With an amphitheater of spectators watching the finish, Joe Alvarez sunk a downhill 20-foot sliding putt on Brunswick's ninth hole to give he and his teammate Mark Plummer the victory in this year's Two-Man Championship over Jason Gall and Scott Sirois.
Sirois and Gall had the low round of the tournament with a 62 in the best-ball, modified alternate shot format on Wednesday, and then waited for yesterday's leaders to come in to see if there would be a playoff.
Pairing their 65 from Tuesday with the 66 Wednesday, Plummer and Alvarez forced the two teams to go out and play some more.
The playoff format, predetermined by the MSGA, was better ball, starting on Brunswick's original first hole and finishing on the ninth, in front of a deck full of spectators from the field. When all four players made par on the first hole, it went to nine.
With both Plummer and Alvarez just short of the water in two, Sirois and Gall both went for the par-five green with their second shots. While Sirois' ball strayed just right into the hazard, Gall was just short of the green in two.
The first to play from the other side of the pond, Plummer spun a sand wedge back almost into the cup, bringing up a roar from the appreciative crowd. Alvarez then hit his above the hole.
Alvarez continued the stellar putting he showed in helping Maine to its Tri-State victory this weekend by draining the putt, making Plummer's six foot up-hiller irrelevant.
Gall still had a shot to force the playoff to the third hole, but when his chip was a little long, he just missed the tying putt.
Alvarez and Plummer were both competitors on this weekend's championship team, with Plummer playing in the top senior spot and Alvarez playing number two. Between them, they contributed five of Maine's 25.5 points, making it a good week of golf for them and for the MSGA.
Special thanks to the Brunswick Golf Club, which was in exceptional shape for the championship. And the MSGA would like to thank superintendent Allan Greenleaf not only for the condition of the course, but also for waiting for this MSGA championship to unveil their new tee on the original 4th hole, which now stretches to an impressive 215 yards to make it one of the more daunting par three shots in the state.
The MSGA will wind up its championship season this weekend with the Mid-Amateur Championship at Old Marsh. Thanks for your continued interest in Maine golf.
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