BANGOR – Qualifying for the Maine Amateur Championship is now in the books, after the fourth and final qualifier returned to Bangor Municipal on Thursday.
The hand shakes were few and far between, the flag sticks stayed put, and the bunker rakes were gone from the sand, but qualifying for the Maine Amateur went almost as usual on Thursday in Bangor. “Golf in my opinion is one of those sports you can get away with playing, it’s not a basketball that everyone is touching, you have your own ball, you’re outside so you can space yourself from other people,” said UMaine-Farmington senior golfer Charlie DeHaas.
For the first time in a number of years, Bangor Municipal Golf Course hosted the final qualifier for the Maine Amateur Championship, an event that would not have been able to happen without the recent change to the state restrictions against playing golf outside of your home county. “We have a long rich history with tournament golf, the [Maine State Golf Association] knows that we enjoy hosting these type of events, we opened our arms to them and they wanted to come to Bangor,” said Bangor Municipal head PGA professional Rob Jarvis.
After an uncertain start to the season due to COVID-19 restrictions, Bangor Municipal has now successfully hosted two tournament style events this month. The course hosted the Downeast Metro Amateur in June, with Kebo Valley Club. Jarvis says it feels normal to have golfers back on the course safely, “to see the MSGA tent up and the scorers table, and going through the pomp and circumstance of having a real quality event is a big deal for us and I think we’ll appreciate a lot more as a result moving forward.”
Jarvis said 63 golfers took to the course Thursday for a shot at the final spots in the Maine Amateur field, starting July 7. Sixteen made the cut, but those we spoke to enjoyed the day regardless of the score.
The 2020 Maine Amateur Championship is scheduled for July 7-9 at the Biddeford-Saco Country Club.