Maine Mid-Am: Higgins tips in debut
05 Oct 2008
see also: Maine Mid-Amateur Championship, Sunday River Golf Club


FALMOUTH, Maine (Oct. 5, 2008) -- In his debut tournament as a Mid-Amateur Eric Higgins of Kennebunk won the Maine Mid-Amateur Championship Sunday at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth. Higgins was the only player under par in Saturday's first round at Toddy Brook in North Yarmouth, then held on to finish at one-under 142 for the victory, edging out last year's champion, Joe Alvarez of Penobscot Valley, and John Bauman of Webhannet.

Bauman and Alvarez finished at 147 while Ricky Jones was 148.

The Mid-Amateur Championship is the final major championship for the MSGA's 2008 tournament schedule. The MSGA will honor all tournament champions at the MSGA Annual Meeting at Martindale, host of the 2009 Amateur Championship, on Thursday, October 9.

In addition, the top three players not otherwise qualified for next year's amateur also earned an exemption for their finish this weekend. Bauman and Craig Briggs earned the exemptions for their play, as did Steve Tsujiura and Scott Dewitt, who tied at 150 for the third and final qualifying spot.

In a year marked by weather delays, Sunday's final day of competition was no exception as play was delayed an hour by frost.

--Courtesy MSGA

ABOUT THE Maine Mid-Amateur

Contestants must be at least 25 years of age. The tournament is restricted to amateur Maine residents, except that non-residents who have been members of MSGA-affiliated clubs for 10 years and who reside in Maine for five months annually are also eligible. Format is 36 holes of individual stroke play.

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