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Maine’s top golfers gather at Sugarloaf Golf Club for 2017 State of Maine Championship

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME (August 8, 2016) - Maine's top professional and amateur golfers are arriving at the Sugarloaf Golf Club today as they prepare to compete for cash, prizes, and ultimate bragging rights as the state's top golfer in the 2016 State of Maine Championship, August 8-9.

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, consecutively, for the last 14 years, and more than 20 times since the course was constructed in 1985. The course has proven to be a challenge for even the best players, rewarding good shots while punishing poor ones.  

Among this year's competitors will be three-time champion John Hickson of Dick's Sporting Goods, as well as two-time champion Jeff Seavey, of the Samoset Resort in Rockland.

Competitors will get a first look at the course in this afternoon's Pro-Am, before the Championship begins tomorrow morning. The tournament will conclude following the second round on Wednesday.

The Sugarloaf Golf Club was named the number one course in the state of Maine by Golf Week for 2017, and has also been recognized by Golf Digest as Maine's #1 Golf Course an impressive 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 2017 State of Maine Championship, visit http://www.nepga.com/mechapter/.  

High resolution photos will be available to download following each round of this week's tournament at www.sugarloaf.com/media.  

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:

Noelle Tuttle | Communication Manager | 207-237-6989 | nututtle@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