Mike Worroll wins State of Maine Championship
Reigning champ Darling takes fourth; First round leader Plummer finishes fifth
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – Mike Worroll won his second career State of Maine Championship at the Sugarloaf Golf Club on Wednesday after a final round 70 put him at one-under par and three strokes ahead of runner-up Jeff Seavey.
Seavey started the day tied at one-under with Mark Plummer, a four time State of Maine champion, but a three-over 75 in the final round wasn’t enough to hold off Worroll. Plummer struggled early and was six over par after five holes, but was able to turn things around on the second nine to finish with a 78, good for a share of fifth place and a tie with Dave Chambers for the low amateur score of the tournament.
Defending champion Bob Darling of Auburn finished in fourth place after two rounds of 74 left him at four over for the tournament. 2007 champion John Hickson took third place for the second consecutive year, finishing at three-over for the tournament.
Worroll, who is originally from South Africa and is the Head Professional at Purpoodock Golf Club in Cape Elizabeth, was runner-up in last year’s tournament after Darling sank a birdie on the 18th hole to win. On Wednesday the two were paired together once again.
“I made bogey on the eighteenth last year while Darling made his birdie, so a little revenge here feels good,” Worroll said. “I didn’t hit the ball very solid all day, but I putted very well and kept myself out of trouble.”
Although the heat and humidity weren’t as oppressive as on Tuesday, players struggled with blustery conditions throughout the day on a course that is notoriously challenging.
“It was very tough out there all day,” said Worrell, who was the only player to break par on Wednesday. “The wind makes it difficult and the greens were very quick all day. Both days were quite challenging.”
Mark Fogg, David Grygiel, and Mike Baker tied for seventh place at six-over, and Jon Ellis finished at ten-over to round out the top ten for the tournament.
The 36-hole stroke play tournament matches up Maine’s best professional and amateur golfers in junior, senior, and 18-50 year-old categories as they vie for cash, prizes, and ultimate bragging rights as Maine’s top golfer. In order to compete in the professional category, golfers must be a member of the Maine Chapter of the New England PGA or registered apprentice. All Maine residents are eligible to compete in the amateur category.
2009 State of Maine Championship
Sugarloaf Golf Club
August 18-19, 2009
Top ten FINAL
Place Player Final Score Day 1 Day 2 Total
1 Mike Worrol -1 73 70 143
2 Jeff Seavey +2 71 75 146
3 John Hickson +3 72 75 147
4 Bob Darling +4 74 74 148
T5 Dave Chambers (a) +5 72 77 149
T5 Mark Plummer +5 71 78 149
T7 Mark Fogg +6 75 75 150
T7 David Grygiel +6 73 77 150
T7 Mike Baker +6 72 78 150
10 Jon Ellis +10 80 74 154