FALMOUTH, ME (July 12, 2011) — MSGA first-year Junior Coordinator Mike Doran used a three-under-par 32 on the back nine to lead the first round of the 92nd Maine Amateur Championship, currently being contested at the magnificent Portland Country Club in Falmouth. Doran's score of 68 is one of only three red numbers on the day.
Teeing off mid-day, Doran bettered early leader Ryan Gay and Jason Gall, who played in the group right in front of Doran. Both players shot 69. Gay is the defeninding champion while Gall finished second last year.
JJ Harris of Falmouth and Kent St. Charles of Old Marsh finished at even par to round out the top five. The tournament will continue tomorrow morning at 7 am and then will be cut to the low 40 players plus ties for the final round.
Mother Nature was the biggest cooperator during today's first round, holding off thunder showers that threatened for most of the day and allowing all the players to finish in a total of just under 12 hours.
Portland Country Club, which last hosted the Amateur championship in 2004, is in superb shape for the event, thanks to Superintendent JB Christie and his crew. Conditions at this classic, 115-year-old club are so pure that one player remarked, “I don't think I could have placed my ball in a bad lie.”
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