Alvarez wins rain shortened Maine Mid-Amateur
02 Oct 2011
see also: Maine Mid-Amateur Championship, Sunday River Golf Club


KENNEBUNK BEACH, ME (Oct. 2, 2011) - - Joe Alvarez of Penobscot Valley Country Club has become just the third player in the 21-year history of the Maine Mid-Amateur Championship to win more than two championships.Alvarez shot a three-under- par 68 at Webhannet Golf Club in Kennebunk yesterday, two better than his fellow playing competitor Ricky Jones who had the unfortunate luck of finishing with a pair of bogeys.

    When Mother Nature lashed the golf course with heavy rains overnight and into Sunday, the course became unplayable and the MSGA was forced to shorten the tournament to 18 holes, declaring Alvarez the victor. His other two victories came back to back in 2006 and 2007.    

img    Three players -- the ever-present Keith Patterson of Biddeford-Saco, Ryan Wingard of Val Halla and John Hammontree of Falmouth -- tied for third with even par scores of 71 while Pat Keeley of the Woodlands was alone in sixth place at 72.

    Wingard, Hammontree and Keeley will receive exemptions into the 2012 Maine Amateur Championship at Sunday River for their finishes, as they met the criteria of being the top three players not otherwise qualified.

    Several groups had already teed off on Sunday before the 13th hole became submerged and greens that in normal rain never puddle had no areas from which to take relief of standing water. With heavier rains forecasted for this afternoon, the call was made.

    It's a shame to have to shorten the tournament as the golf course, despite the rain, was beautiful and the players were treated yesterday to some of the best green conditions they've seen all year. Thanks to Webhannet Superintendent Greg Holder and his staff for doing everything in their power to try and host 36 holes of Maine men's amateur golf's third biggest championship. Additionally, the players were really looking forward to playing Webhannet, which was evidenced by the fact that this was the first time in several years that this tournament has been sold out.

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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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