July 21, 2013

Golf: Top women amateurs ready for state tourney

By Tom Chard

Emily Bouchard of Saco will seek her third straight Maine Women's Amateur championship beginning July 29 at the Brunswick Golf Club. The tournament is 54 holes.

Bouchard, 23, has won the last two state amateurs by eight shots -- two years ago at Penobscot Valley in Orono and last year at Augusta.

Two weeks ago Bouchard finished fifth in the New England Amateur at the Renaissance Club in Haverhill, Mass. She shot rounds of 74-79-73-226.

"I feel my game is coming around," said Bouchard, who works for the Maine State Golf Association as the director of junior and senior golf. "I'm looking forward to the tournament."

In her two state amateur wins, Bouchard has won in contrasting styles, but both with plenty of room to spare.

Two years in Orono she started hot, then cooled off. She opened with a 66, then went 78-80. At Augusta last year, Bouchard struggled with an 85 in the first round but came back with 77-71.

"I'm hoping for more consistency," she said.

Other possible challenges could come from former champs Lori Frost, Kristen Kannegeiser and Pennie Cummings. Also entered are Leslie Guenther, Mary Brandes, Laurie Hyndman and a junior player, Monica Austin.

Bouchard hasn't played Brunswick but expects to have a practice round this week. She has found that playing less golf actually helps her game.

"I do hit a lot of practice balls and with my job I'm thinking golf 24/7," said Bouchard.

"We're excited to host the Maine Women's Amateur," said Barbara Rondeau, a Brunswick member. "The course is in great shape and should provide a worthy challenge for our top golfers."

The nines will be reversed for the tournament, so the par-5 ninth hole with its dramatic shot across water to a sloping green will provide a strong finish for spectators around the green and on the cluhouse porch.

SHAWN WARREN, an assistant pro at Nonesuch River in Scarborough, continued his strong summer by winning his first State of Maine Championship last week at Sugarloaf Golf Club in Carrabassett Valley. Warren shot rounds of 69-71-140 to win by three shots over Jeff Seavey of the Samoset Resort. Warren finished the tournament at 4 under while Seavey was 1 under. They were the only players to break par.

David Grygiel of Tee N' Tee Golfland took third place after a final-round 75 put him 4 over for the tournament. Jerry DiPhilippo of Portland Country Club was fourth at 5 over and defending champion John Hickson of Dick's Sporting Goods was alone in fifth at 7 over par for the tournament.

Michael Nowak followed his first-round 75 with a final-round 77 to secure sixth place overall and take home low amateur honors. The tournament is an annual 36-hole medal play competition that matches Maine's top professionals and amateurs.

Sugarloaf has hosted the tournament for the past 10 years and 18 of the past 20 years.

TEE TO GREEN: Tim Angis, Dick Browne and Harry C. Webber will be inducted into the Maine Golf Hall of Fame on Sept. 12 at the Poland Spring Golf Club in Poland Spring. There will be an 18-hole tournament followed by a reception and induction banquet.

Angis is the longtime head golf professional at Biddeford-Saco Country Club. He is a seven-time NEPGA Maine chapter champion. Angis played in the 1980 U.S. Amateur and the 1993 PGA Championship, and played three seasons on the Nike Tour.

Browne joins his father and two brothers in the Hall of Fame. The Browne family owns Natanis Golf Course, which has 36 holes.

Natanis has hosted the high school team and individual state championships for more than 20 years, with Browne serving as tournament director. Browne is a member of the Professional Golfers' Association of America.

Webber was one of the first promoters of golf in Maine with his annual Golf in Maine booklets. They first appeared in 1930 and ran for over 20 years. Webber was a longtime member of the Bath Country Club and also an original member of the Maine State Seniors Golf Association.

The golf tournament will start with a noon shotgun. Cost of the tournament and banquet is $90 per person or $360 for a foursome. For the banquet only, it's $40 per person. Checks should be made payable to the Maine Golf Hall of Fame, 900 Elm St., Newport 04953. The deadline is Aug. 31.

The first players to announce they're playing in the Harris Golf Charity Classic are defending champion Sherri Turner, Pat Bradley, Rosie Jones and Nancy Scranton. The second annual Legends Tour event is Sept. 14-15 at Falmouth. Tickets are on sale at www.harrisgolfonline.com.

The 13th annual Matt Gaudet tournament will be played Aug. 9 at Dunegrass in Old Orchard Beach. The tournament benefits the Matt Gaudet trust fund. Gaudet was an All-State athlete at Mountain Valley High and an All-American basketball player at Colby College in the early 1990s. He later, however, was in an accident that left him as a quadriplegic.

The money raised in the tournament goes toward Gaudet's medical bills. The event starts at 1 p.m. and the entry fee is $150. Contact Glenn McCrum at: glennmccrum@hotmail.com or go to gaudetgolf.com for the registration form.

The third annual Maine Basketball Hall of Fame scramble will take place Aug. 2 at Aroostook Valley in Fort Fairfield. Entry fee is $60 per person. Interested golfers should contact Larry Gardner at 551-5001 or go to www.mainebasketballhall offame.com

Tom Chard can be contacted at 791-6419 or at:

tchard@pressherald.com

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