FREEPORT – The 2023 Maine Golf season is now complete, and with well over 100 days of tournaments behind us in the past year, we’re pleased to announce the men and women who have earned Player of the Year (POY) honors. Points are awarded in most Maine Golf tournaments, from weekly Play Days that offer small amounts of points based on field size, up to the biggest championships of the year where the best players in the state shine and earn the most points available.
At the end of the year when the dust settled, the following players had amassed the most points in their respective categories based on their play in 2023. Congratulations to the four players below who have earned the distinction of Maine Golf’s Players of the Year.
Dr. Leonardo Buck Men’s Player of the Year: Andrew Slattery, Portland CC
Consistency was the biggest thing of the year for Slattery, who earned his first Player of the Year title in a yearlong Maine Golf season. While the 35-year old from Portland CC didn’t win any majors on the year, he racked up a bunch of top 5s and top 10s in the biggest events of the year, in addition to winning three Play Days throughout the season. On top of his play here in Maine, Slattery earned big points by qualifying for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, where he got to compete at Erin Hills in Wisconsin with many of the country’s best mid-ams. Slattery is a former Maine Amateur champion, winning in 2014 at The Woodlands Club.
Women’s Player of the Year: Erin Holmes, Val Halla GC
While Holmes didn’t play in many events over the summer, she made the most of the biggest tournament she entered. With rounds of 71-73-77—221 (-1) at the 2023 Maine Women’s Amateur at Brunswick, Holmes was the only player under par after three rounds, good enough to win the title by five strokes. The win vaulted her to the top of the Player of the Year points table, where she stayed the rest of the season, capturing her first Player of the Year award. Prior to this year, Holmes is a former Maine Junior Champion as well.
Men’s Senior Player of the Year: Keith Patterson, Biddeford-Saco CC
Patterson was the senior player to beat in Maine yet again, earning the Senior Player of the Year title once more, the third straight year he’s earned the season-long accolade. Highlighted with a win at the Senior Amateur Championship at Northeast Harbor and Kebo Valley, Patterson was in a close race all year long with fellow Biddeford-Saco member Scott Dewitt, but in the end he was able to edge his close friend to win the Senior POY title. On the year he was also on the winning team at the Senior Club Team Championship, in addition to winning numerous Play Days throughout the season.
Women’s Senior Player of the Year: Mary Brandes, The Woodlands Club
This is the first Women’s Senior Player of the Year award for Brandes, who had a great season across all Maine Golf events. She was the inaugural champion of the Women’s Match Play Championship, finished second in the Senior Women’s Amateur, and won five separate Play Days. In addition to the Women’s Senior POY honors, Brandes was also the winner of the yearlong Charlie’s Cup, which spans the entire season and honors the top player of the year in Play Days.