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Darling takes three stroke lead to win his sixth State of Maine Championship

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (August 12, 2015) - With clearing skies and temperatures in the 60s, five-time champ Bob Darling of Fox Ridge Golf Club, fired a one-over par 73 in today's final round of the State of Maine Championship at Sugarloaf, to finish three strokes ahead of runner-up, Shawn Warren. 

Following a challenging weather day in round one that left Darling in second place with a four over par 76, the five-time champ came out firing today, notching four birdies in the first nine holes to finish two under par. Heading into the back nine, Darling maintained sub-par until two bogies and a double in the last four holes put him three out.  

2013 state champion, Shawn Warren of Nonesuch River Golf Club jumped into second place today with a three-over par 75. Warren who started the day with a birdie on the first hole, followed by a double bogey on the next, found his stroke later in the day and maintained an even par though the second nine.   

Amateur Reese McFarlane, who held the lead after yesterday's first round, dropped two double bogeys on holes 6 and 11, to finish with a with a two-day combined score of 154-tied with three-time runner-up, Jeff Seavey who scored an even-par 72 in today's final round.  

Defending champion, John Hickson of Dick's Sporting Goods in Topsham, fired a second round 74 to finish in 5th place today after a seven-stroke deficit in the first round put him in a three-way tie for 6th place.

Sugarloaf has hosted this event, consecutively, for the last 13 years, and more than 20 times since the course was constructed in 1985.

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.

Now in its 30th season, the Sugarloaf Golf Club has been recognized by Golf Digest as Maine's #1 Golf Course 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 2015 State of Maine Championship, visit http://www.nepga.com/mechapter/

To view and download additional high-resolution photos from today's final round, click here

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

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Noelle Tuttle | Sugarloaf Communications Manager | 207-237-6989 | ntuttle@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.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine.