SACO, ME (August 24, 2016) -- Ron Dery started the 2016 Maine Senior Amateur Championship at his home track at Biddeford-Saco Country Club in the first group, and fittingly went out in the final group on the last day. It was a tight contest through most of the back nine, but Dery finished in style by birdieing the last two holes for a decisive six shot victory over runner-up Jim Quinn. Sharing joint third in the overall tournament were Jim McFarlane, Gary Manoogian and Daniel Falcone.
Dery shot a two day total of one under par with scores of 70-71--141 to capture his first solo MSGA major. He previously won the 2014 Senior Four-Ball Championship with partner Randy Sawyer at Waterville CC.
With the win, Dery also earned a berth on the 2016 Maine Tri-State team. This year's matches will be contested at Belgrade Lakes Golf Club here in Maine.
Aside from the overall championship, players competed in flights among players their ages. Winning the age 55-59 flight were Manoogian and Falcone; the 60-64 flight was taken by McFarlane; the 65-69 flight by Quinn; and the 70+ flight by Lowell Watson.
ROUND ONE RECAP
Ron Dery hit the opening tee shot in the first round of the Maine Senior Amateur Championship this morning and never looked back. The Biddeford-Saco Country Club member, playing in the first group of the day, shot the only under-par score of the first round and has the lead after an opening round 70. Dery managed to make three birdies today, on each of Biddeford-Saco’s par fives, against just two bogeys. He is looking for redemption after a runner-up finish last year at Brunswick Golf Club, his best finish to date in this championship.
Tom Bean sits alone in solo second after an even-par 71. His front nine was nothing special, shooting three over par, but he made three birdies against no bogeys on the back to get back to level par for the championship. Rounding out the final pairing tomorrow will be Bean’s fellow Augusta CC member Jim Quinn, who’s alone in third after an opening 72.
A host of players sit within four shots of the lead, including past champions in Mark Plummer and last year’s winner Gary Manoogian, meaning anyone who goes low tomorrow could be holding the Senior Amateur trophy by day’s end.
In addition to winning this prestigious event, the winner of the Senior Amateur earns an automatic berth onto the Maine Tri-State team, which is hosting the annual event against New Hampshire and Vermont in a few weeks at Belgrade Lakes GC. The other three players that will comprise the senior contingent of the Maine team will be determined by the Senior Player of the Year points race, which concludes next week.
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