Maine Mid-Am: Jones wins 6th title
WELLS, Maine (Sept. 29, 2013) -- Ricky Jones of the Samoset Resort shot 70 for a two day total of one-under 139 to win his 6th Maine Mid-Amateur Championship. Jones shot a one-under 34 on the front nine to open up a seven shot lead over Ryan Wingard at the turn and never really looked back. In the end he won by six shots over Joe Alvarez, who went 74-71—145 for solo second. Rounding out the top five were Ryan Wingard (147), Gary Manoogian (153) and Scott Stone (154).
Jones is also a three-time winner of the Maine Amateur Championship (2003, 2004, 2013). Winning the Am tends to bode well for Jones, as he has coincidentally gone on to win the Mid-Amateur every time he has won the state amateur title. The only other player to capture both titles in the same calendar year is Mark Plummer, who accomplished the feat in 1994.
Also in the odd coincidence category is the fact that this marks the fourth consecutive year that Wingard has finished third in the Mid-Amateur. Apparently he has a penchant for bronze.
In the event’s sub-plot for day two, three players that didn’t already have exemptions into next year’s Maine Amateur booked their tickets to the Woodlands next year by finishing as the top three players in the field not already exempt. This year the exemptions were awarded to Ryan Wingard, Gary Manoogian, and Scott Stone.
Thus marks the end of the Championship season for the MSGA in 2013. Congratulations to Ricky Jones this weekend, as well as all the other players who competed and won trophies this year. Though the major championships are now done, the MSGA still has plenty of weekend tournaments at some of Maine’s finest courses through the next month, so the tournament season is nowhere near its end. As always, thanks for your interest in Maine golf.
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