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Shawn Warren leads State of Maine Championship

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (August 9, 2016) - Falmouth Country Club's Shawn Warren took a one stroke lead into the clubhouse following the first day of competition in the State of Maine Championship at the Sugarloaf Golf Club, with a 2-over par 74.

John Hickson of Bob's Sporting Goods, the 2014 State of Maine Champion, was just one shot back in second place, while defending champion Bob Darling stood tied for 12th at 10-over.    Amateur Timothy Desmarais carded the low-amateur round with six-over par 78, which left him in sole possession of third place.  

Despite ideal weather conditions, the Sugarloaf Golf Club maintained its reputation as one of Maine's toughest courses today as golfers battled lightning fast greens and challenging pin placements.

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

Now in its 31st 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 2016 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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Media Contact:
Ethan Austin | Director of Marketing & Communications | 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.com, www.facebook.com/sugarloaf, and http://twitter.com/sugarloafmaine