ORONO, Maine (September 3, 2014) — Coming out of the fourth-to-last group of the day, Lowell Watson recovered from an opening round 78 to shoot the low round of the tournament, a stupendous two-under 70 to finish at 148 to win the Maine Senior Amateur Championship at Penobscot Valley on Wednesday.
He edged out first-round leader Mike Norris, who left his final putt on the 18th hole on the lip. If he had made the putt, the two players would have headed back to the first hole for the playoff. When it stayed on the high side, Watson won his second title, the first coming in his first year of eligibility when he turned 55 in 2001. This win marks 13 years between his two Senior Amateur titles. He is also the current president of the MSGA.
Norris ended up winning the 55-59 division. Gary Manoogian finished third overall at 152 while Tom Bean finished fourth.
Watson, Manoogian and Bean will now represent Maine as three of the four senior competitors in the Tri-State Championships in Concord two weeks from now as Maine tries to win its third consecutive title for the first time ever.
Finishing first in the 60-64 division was Dale Bragg at 157 while Tom Kus garnered the first in the 65-69 with a 155. Finally, the 70 plus division, it was Dale Brown's 167 that took top honors.
The players enjoyed a near-perfect day at Penobscot Valley with great conditions and beautiful, albeit a little windy weather. Thanks to PVCC for hosting this championship.
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