The annual Tri-State men’s competition brings together a group of leading amateurs from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont for two days of competition in a Ryder Cup style format.

This year’s tournament will be played Sept. 14-16 at Jay Peak Resort in Vermont. Each year the competition rotates among the three states. New Hampshire hosted last year at Portsmouth Country Club. Maine will be host in 2013.

Maine team members are Joe Alvarez, Matt Greenleaf, Mike Doran, Mike O’Brien, Andrew Slattery, Curt Jordan, Brian Bilodeau, Joe Baker, Judd Parsons and Ashley Fifield. The team also includes four senior golfers and two juniors. The senior representatives are Lowell Watson, Ron Dery, Mike Doucette and Randy Berry. Junior players are Reese McFarlane and Brad Smith.

Friday will be a practice round. On Saturday, the format will be alternate shot, with a twosome from each state paired in groups. On Sunday, it will be singles competition.

New Hampshire won last year, followed by Maine and Vermont. New Hampshire has a big edge in Tri-State tournament wins.

SENIOR GOLFERS in the state, those aged 55 and up, have plenty of opportunity to play in tournaments. There’s the Maine State Golf Association Senior Tour, which has 17 tournaments this year, the Southern Maine Seniors, the Central Maine Seniors, the Srixon Tour and the Maine Seniors, the oldest senior golf organization in the state.

With the aging baby boom population, these tournaments are well attended. Golfers in this demographics have been avid players for years.

“There’s no shortage of tournaments for seniors in the state,” said Mike Doran, the senior and junior tournament coordinator for the MSGA

On Aug. 27, the MSGA senior tournament at Waterville Country Club had a field of 140 players. The overall title was won by home clubber Dan Proulx with a 5-under 65. He had seven birdies and two bogeys.

Other than the 64 that Ricky Jones shot in a weekly MSGA tournament at Natanis Golf course, Proulx’s round was the lowest in an MSGA event this year. Mark Plummer posted an early 69 at Waterville and had the lead for several hours before Proulx posted his number.

Doran said the oldest player the MSGA has in its senior tournaments is 86. George Carpenter, 83, of Rockland is one of the most consistent in senior tournaments. Carpenter has shot his age hundreds of times in the last 10 or more years.

TEE TO GREEN: The first Mid-Coast Veterans Golf Tournament will be played Oct. 5 at Brunswick Golf Club. This scramble tournament will serve as a fundraiser for the creation of a veterans center in the mid-coast region. The tournament is looking to have a field between 100 to 130 golfers, with the majority filled by veterans and active duty personnel. Tournament organizers will add sponsor and are looking for sponsors for veterans from the Wounded Warriors program to play in the tournament. The tournament will include a live auction, a luncheon and awards. Entry fee is $85 per player. For more information, contact Roger Dumont at 833-6110.

Last Wednesday’s postponed MSGA senior tournament at Brunswick has been rescheduled for Sept. 24. The next tournament will be Monday at Rockland Golf Club, which is also a rescheduled event.

The 20th annual Maine Golf Hall of Fame induction banquet is Thursday at Poland Spring Resort. A golf tournament will be played starting at noon. There are still openings available. For more information, Maine Golf Hall of Fame executive director Gary Rees can be contacted at 368-4907. There will be a social hour from 5 to 6 p.m., followed by the banquet and induction ceremony.

Darren Jensen of Freeport had a hole-in-one playing in a weekly MSGA amateur tournament at Springbrook Golf Course in Leeds. He used a 7-iron on the 185-yard 13th hole. He was playing with Dave Littlefield of Portland, Bob Miles, Yarmouth and Tim Goss of Freeport.

The state Mixed Team Championship is today at Boothbay Country Club. The Senior two-man championship is Sept. 18 at Poland Spring Resort. The deadline to enter the Mid-Amateur Championship is Thursday. It will be played Sept. 29-30 at Webhannet Golf Club in Kennebunk and Prouts Neck Country Club in Scarborough.

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