KENNEBUNK, Maine (Oct. 1, 2012) -- A steady rain through the early part of the afternoon Sunday caused the second and final round of the Maine Mid-Amateur Championship to be delayed at Prouts Neck in Scarborough, as the 12th and 13th holes became unplayable.
With the final group only through six holes, the MSGA knew that the round would have to be resumed by 3 pm in order for all competitors to finish before dark. When 3 pm came and the course was still unplayable, the round was called and Ashley Fifield of Sable Oaks was declared the winner for his incredible first-round five-under score of 66 on Saturday at Webhannet.
Ironically, a weak sun shot on Prouts Neck less than an hour after the round was called. But Fifield -- who had amassed another couple of birdies in his first six holes -- would have been very touch to catch regardless. In the first round, Fifield proved once again that birdies are bogey insurance, making eight on his way to his five-under finish.
Tom Bean, the only other player under par at 69 at Webhannet on Saturday -- including an eagle on the first hole -- finished second while Casey Catell, Matt Greenleaf, Ryan Wingard and Peter Wright tied for third with one-over 72s.
This was the second consecutive year the final round was rained out. Last year Webhannet attempted to host both rounds only to have the second round washed out. This year, while the weather wasn't perfect, the golf course nearly was, and remained playable on Saturday. In all, 98 of the 108 players in the field made it through to Sunday's round, although there were a half-dozen withdrawals in the morning.
In all, 57 players completed their round. including Scott Nevers, who combined his 84 from Saturday with an incredible 69 on Sunday. He made eight birdies en route to the score, and retains the bragging rights of leading the field in the second round as he was the only player under par at Prouts Neck.
This championship concludes the MSGA Championship schedule for 2012, although there are still many weekend, special and senior events left to be contested.
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