Warren takes one stroke lead at State of Maine Championship after first-round 69
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME - With temperatures creeping into the low 90s, Shawn Warren of Nonesuch River Golf Club fired a blistering 69 in the first round of today's State of Maine Championship at Sugarloaf Golf Club and finished the day one stroke ahead of 2013 runner-up Jeff Seavey.
Seavey, a club professional at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, won the tournament in 2010 and 2011, and was runner-up last year after his put on the first playoff hole missed by inches.
Warren was hot right out of the gate today, notching 3 birdies over the first five holes. The opposite was true for Seavey, who started the day with a bogey 5 on the first hole, but found his stroke and recorded three birdies on the front nine.
Seavey and Warren were the only two golfers to finish the day under par. David Grygiel of Tee N'Tee Golfland stands in third place with a one-over par 73, while amateur Will Kannegieser shot a 2-over 74 to take sole possession of fourth. Amateur Michael Nowak rounded out the top five with a 3-over-par 75.
Warren has a history of fast starts in the State of Maine Championship, but has yet to win it. He has been the first-round leader for three of the past four years, including 2010 when he was runner-up to Seavey.
Defending champion John Hickson of Dick's Sporting Goods is nine-strokes back after a first-round 78 put him in a tie for tenth place.
The final round of the tournament begins tomorrow morning.
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 the event for the past 10 years, and 18 out of the past 20 years. The course has proven to be a challenge for even the best players, rewarding good shots while punishing poor ones.
The Sugarloaf Golf Club was recognized by Golf Digest as Maine's #1 Golf Course once again this year, for the 27th time in its 28-year history. The Robert Trent Jones, Jr. design is sculpted from the natural terrain that lies in the Carrabassett River valley. The most memorable holes on the course, the String of Pearls, is a six-hole sequence that runs alongside the Carrabassett River.
To view the full leader board, and to follow live tournament scoring throughout the 2013 State of Maine Championship, visit http://www.nepga.com/mechapter/.
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