2017-08-09 / Sports & Outdoors

2017 State of Maine Golf Championship

Maine’s top golfers are gathered at Sugarloaf Golf Club

CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Maine’s top professional and amateur golfers are at the Sugarloaf Golf Club competing for cash, prizes and ultimate bragging rights as the state’s top golfer in the 2016 State of Maine Championship, Aug. 8 to 9.

The State of Maine Championship is an annual 36- hole medal play tournament, which matches Maine’s top professional and amateur golfers in junior, senior and 18-50 year-old categories. To compete in the tournament, professionals must be a member of the Maine Chapter of the New England PGA, while all Maine residents are eligible to compete in the amateur category.

The Sugarloaf Golf Club has hosted this event, consecutively, for the last 14 years, and more than 20 times since the course was constructed in 1985. The course has proven to be a challenge for even the best players, rewarding good shots while punishing poor ones.

Among this year’s competitors will be three-time champion John Hickson of Dick’s Sporting Goods, as well as two-time champion Jeff Seavey, of the Samoset Resort in Rockland.

The championship began Tuesday morning. The tournament will conclude following the second round today, Wednesday.

The Sugarloaf Golf Club was named the number one course in the state of Maine by Golf Week for 2017, and has also been recognized by Golf Digest as Maine’s #1 Golf Course an impressive 29 times since its 1985 debut. Sculpted into the mountainous terrain that lies in the Carrabassett River valley, this Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course is also one of the most challenging in the state. The most memorable holes on the course, the String of Pearls, feature a six-hole sequence that runs alongside the Carrabassett River.

To follow live tournament scoring throughout the 2017 State of Maine Championship, visit www.nepga.com/mechapter/.

For more information on the Sugarloaf Golf Club, visit www.sugarloaf.com or call 1-800-THE-LOAF.

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