Entries for the 48th Paul Bunyan Amateur tournament closed Wednesday. The field was limited to 300 players, and that’s the number reached by the deadline.

If any players have to drop out, they will be replaced from those on the waiting list. The tournament is June 2-3 at Penobscot Valley in Orono and Kebo Valley in Bar Harbor.

The A and B flights will open at Penobscot Valley and close the next day at Kebo Valley. Flights C and D will do the opposite. The women’s division will have the same rotation.

Ryan Gay and Micki Meggison, the men’s and women’s defending champions, are entered. There’s a chance Gay, on the golf team at the University of New Mexico, may not be able to play because of a conflict. Gay has won the last two Bunyans and Maine Amateurs. He has three state amateur titles to his credit.

Ricky Jones, the four-time Bunyan champ, is entered with the 2008 champ, Joe Alvarez. Matt Greenleaf, the state match play runner-up last year, and Jason Harris, the Maine Amateur runner-up in 2011, are entered.

Players will be paired in threesomes. Last year, play moved at a snail’s pace in foursomes.

TEE TO GREEN: The Maine State Golf Association’s first championship event of the season, the team championship next Sunday at Belgrade Lakes, will have its largest field with 48 teams and 192 players.

Two teams shared the title a year ago. The Augusta Country Club team of Tom Bean, Ryan Gay, Mark Plummer and Jim Quinn tied with the Biddeford-Saco team of Steve Bouthot, Scott Dewitt, Keith Patterson and David Cook. Those teams will be looking to defend. Jason Gall will replace Gay on the Augusta team. Thirty-one golf clubs are represented.

Players have scored holes-in-one in the first three regular-season MSGA weekly tourneys. Brian Angis had a hole-in-one at Biddeford-Saco, Brian Curry had one the next week at Fox Ridge and Mike Perreault had another at Spring Meadows.

The first MSGA Seniors tournament of the year was postponed Wednesday because of weather. The event at Rockland will be rescheduled. The first MSGA midweek tournament was held last week at the Portland Country Club with 157 players. The next midweek tournament is scheduled for May 22 at York Golf and Tennis.

Amy Alcott, an LPGA Hall of Famer, will play in the Hannaford Community Challenge as part of The Legends Tour at the Falmouth Country Club on June 21-24. The field will be comprised of 40 players. The total purse for the tournament is $200,000 with $30,000 to the winner.

Alcott has five LPGA majors to her credit. She captured 29 wins in 27 years on the LPGA Tour.

Cindy Rarick and Kris Tschetter are also in the field. Rarick won five LPGA tournaments in 23 years and has a win on the Legends Tour. Tschetter won one LPGA event in 21 seasons. Tickets for the Hannaford Community Challenge, presented by Kraft Foods, are available at www.the legendstour.com.

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