July 11, 2013

Steve Solloway: Maine Amateur the tournament of neighbors

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His wife and daughter were at a figure-skating camp at an ice arena in nearby Hallowell but Michaud lingered, talking to other golfers finishing their rounds.

While Michaud talked, Bob Webber, 56, watched the threesome of Sweet, Plummer and Ashley Fifield from the small gallery that followed that group.

He and Plummer are old friends, playing countless rounds on this course, their home course.

Webber won the 1985 Maine Amateur here. He was second to Rick Ambrose in 1992 at Penobscot Valley Country Club. He no longer plays competitively and the past two days have teased him.

"For golfers like me, this tournament was by far as big as it gets," said Webber. "Once it was over, it always felt like the end of the summer."

The Maine Amateur is a people's tournament.

The field of 132 amateurs are from 51 Maine golf clubs. Between 20 to 30 clubs are represented by just one player. "It's bragging rights," said Mike Doran, the Maine State Golf Association's director of player development. "There are a lot of eyes on each of those players.

"This is the people's tournament."

Steve Solloway can be contacted at 791-6412 or at:

ssolloway@pressherald.com

Twitter: SteveSolloway

 

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