ARUNDEL – After three weeks of qualifying over five sites across the state, the field for the 2022 Maine Amateur Championship is set. The final qualifier took place on June 22 at Dutch Elm GC, and Luke Ruffing (Natanis GC) earned medalist honors with the only sub-par round of the day, firing a 69 (-3) in the first group out on the day.
In all, 18 players advanced from Dutch Elm to earn a spot in the 103rd Maine Amateur, to be held at Webhannet GC on July 12-14. This was the only qualifier that did not require a playoff for the final spots, with the cut line falling on 79 and all players shooting that number advancing.
This year Maine Golf saw 352 players attempt to qualify for the championship proper, from which 80 players earned a spot in the tournament through qualifying. Those golfers will join 52 exempt players to round out the 132 player field next month.
Advancing from the Dutch Elm qualifier:
- Luke Ruffing, 69 (Natanis GC)
- Tyler Rivers, 73 (York G&TC)
- Conner Macdonald, 74 (Webhannet GC)
- Daulton Wickenden, 74 (Goose River GC)
- Phil Ingraham, 74 (Val Halla GC)
- Larry Ross, 75 (Poland Spring GC)
- Patrick Bucklin, 77 (Falmouth CC)
- Will Russell, 78 (Prouts Neck CC)
- Anthony Fagone, 78 (Bridgton Highlands CC)
- Cole Merritt, 78 (York G&TC)
- Spencer Brown, 78 (Spring Meadows GC)
- Christian Merritt, 78 (Dutch Elm GC)
- Keith Lefebvre, 79 (Dutch Elm GC)
- Neil Larochelle, 79 (The Meadows GC)
- Chas Gurry, 79 (Webhannet GC)
- Porter Gervais, 79 (Houlton Community GC)
- John Downing, 79 (Purpoodock Club)
- Casey Nava, 79 (Dunegrass GC)