BAR HARBOR — The 2023 Maine Senior Amateur Championship was contested on September 19-20 on Mount Desert Island, with the state’s top senior players travelling to the coast for this year’s event. The first round on Tuesday was at Northeast Harbor GC, followed by round two at Kebo Valley GC. Players dealt with soggy conditions over the two rounds, but sunshine came on day two at Kebo, where the tournament came down to the last hole. In the end, Keith Patterson won the title by one stroke with rounds of 73-70–143 (+3), successfully defending his title from the year before.
Day one at Northeast Harbor was played on a wet course that had received rain the night before, adding to the rain from the week before when Hurricane Lee passed through the state. Regardless of the weather, the field took to the course and still put up some good scores in round one. Tom Caron and Ralph Michaud led the way after day one with rounds of 71, followed by Patterson at 73, putting the trio in the final pairing on day two.
Sunny skies followed on day two and the field was treated to a perfect day to take on Kebo, the oldest course in Maine. Most of the day it was Patterson and Caron atop the leaderboard, with Scott Dewitt making a move toward the lead in the second-to-last group. But Patterson played steady all the way through the day, including nine pars on the back nine, to hold on by one stroke. Despite a birdie by Caron on the last hole, he fell short by one stroke to Patterson for the second straight Senior Amateur.
Rounding out the top five were Dewitt at 146 (+6), Michaud at 147 (+7), and three players at 148. In addition to the overall championship, prizes were awarded in four different age flights. Use the scoring link below to see all of the winners from the championship.
Maine Golf would like to thank both Northeast Harbor and Kebo Valley for helping to put on this great championship. Mother Nature has made most of our championships difficult this year, so we appreciate the hard work by the grounds crew and pro shop staff for helping us to get in 36 holes despite the difficult weather.