Shawn Warren dominates field en route to State of Maine title
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (August 10, 2016) - Despite lightning-fast greens and challenging pin placements that challenged a field of the state's best golfers, Shaw Warren of Falmouth Country Club put in a dominant performance over two days to win the annual State of Maine Championship here by 6-strokes.
Warren's 2-under-par 70 in the second round was the only round under par all week, and put him at even-par for the tournament. John Hickson of Dick's Sporting Goods took second place at 6-over, while Jeff Seavey of The Samoset Resort finish in third, at 10-over-par.
Warren's victory was his second in the State of Maine Championship; he previously won in 2013. Defending champion and 6-time winner Bob Darling of Fox Ridge Golf Club withdrew from the tournament after the first round on Tuesday.
A trio of amateurs, including Maine legend Mark Plummer, finished tied for fourth-place. Brian Bilodeau and Cole Anderson both matched Plummer at 11-over par for the tournament. Warren proved his mettle in taming a course that left many of the state's best players scratching their heads.
Fast greens and tough pin placements made the notoriously challenging Sugarloaf Golf Club a true test of skill and perseverance throughout the tournament. Only two players finished the tournament better than 10-over, and only 13 players in the entire 57-player field finished better than 20-over.
Sugarloaf has hosted this event, consecutively, for the last 13 years, and more than 20 times since the course was constructed in 1985.
The course now shifts its focus to the AJGA Coca-Cola Championship on August 21-26, featuring many of the best junior golfers from around the world.
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.
For complete results of the 2015 State of Maine Championship, visit http://www.nepga.com/mechapter/.
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