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Maine's top golfers gather at Sugarloaf for State of Maine Championships

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (July 15, 2013) - Maine's top professional and amateur golfers are arriving at the Sugarloaf Golf Club today as they prepare to compete for cash, prizes, and ultimate bragging rights as the state's top golfer in the 2013 State of Maine Championship, July 16-17.

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. 

Among this year's competitors will be defending champion John Hickson of Dick's Sporting Goods, 5-time champion Bob Darling of Fox Ridge Golf Club, as well as several top amateurs including Sam Grindle, who is coming off of a fourth place finish at the recent Maine Amateur. 

Competitors will get a first look at the course in this afternoon's Pro-Am, before the Championship begins tomorrow morning. The tournament will conclude following the second round on Wednesday. 

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 follow live tournament scoring throughout the 2013 State of Maine Championship, visithttp://www.nepga.com/mechapter/.

High resolution photos will be available to download following each round of this week's tournament atwww.sugarloaf.com/media

For more information on the Sugarloaf Golf Club, please visit www.sugarloaf.com, or call 1.800.THE.LOAF. 

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Media Contact:
Sugarloaf
Ethan Austin
Sugarloaf Communications Manager
207-237-6899
eaustin@sugarloaf.com 

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About Sugarloaf - Located in Carrabassett Valley, ME, Sugarloaf is largest ski area in the East, and is home to the only lift-serviced above treeline skiing and riding in the East, as well as the number one golf course in Maine, according to Golf Digest. Sugarloaf is a member of the Boyne Resorts family of resorts and attractions. Follow: www.sugarloaf.comwww.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine