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Hickson fires course record 67 en route to day-one lead in State of Maine Championship

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME - With the storm clouds holding back, John Hickson of Topsham fired a blistering 67 in the first round of today's State of Maine Championship at Sugarloaf Golf Club, tying the course record and finishing the day one stroke ahead of Jeff Seavey.

Seavey, a club professional at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, won the tournament in 2010 and 2011, and was runner-up in 2012 after a devastating put on the first playoff hole missed by inches.  

Hickson and Seavey were the only two golfers to finish the day under par, while David Grygiel of Tee N'Tee Golfland holds on to the third place spot with an even par 72.  

Defending champion, Shawn Warren was three back after the first round, tied for 6th place with amateur Kyle Ladd. Matt Greenleaf, another up and coming Maine amateur, laid down an impressive performance with a 74, tied for 4th place with Jason Harris.  

Both Hickson and Seavey have two Championship titles under their belts, Hickson with 2012 and 2007 and Seavey with 2011 and 2010.  

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 this event for the last 12 years consecutively, and more than 20 times since the course was constructed in 1985.  

The Sugarloaf Golf Club was recognized by Golf Digest as Maine's #1 Golf Course for the 28th time in its 29-year history. 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 2014 State of Maine Championship, visit http://www.nepga.com/mechapter/.  

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

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