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Amateur Reese McFarlane takes one stroke lead in State of Maine Championship Round 1

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (August 11, 2015) - Despite today's persistent rain and strong winds, Amateur Reese McFarlane of Purpoodock Golf Club in Cape Elizabeth,  emerged with a one-stroke lead after the first round of the State of Maine Championships at the Sugarloaf Golf Club, with a three-over par 75. Five-time champion, Bob Darling of Fox Ridge Golf Club finished the day in second place, while 2013 champ, Shawn Warren trailed in third with a five-over par 77. 

Defending champion John Hickson of Dick's Sporting Goods is ten-strokes back after a first-round 82 landed him in a four-way tie for sixth place with three-time runner-up, Jeff Seavey, Jason Harris, and Ron Bibeau. 

McFarlane, who finished ninth in the recent Maine Amateur Championship at the Waterville Country Club, came out of the gate hot today, notching 3 birdies over the first nine holes to finish with a one-under 35. Challenges arose on the back nine, when the weather worsened, and he scored three bogeys on holes 11, 13, and 18, plus a double-bogey on 15. 

The Sugarloaf Golf Club affirmed its reputation as one of Maine's toughest courses today as golfers battled the mountainous terrain and challenging pin placements in addition to persistent rain and, at times, high winds-likely contributing to today's high scores. 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 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 first 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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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.