Maine Event golf tournament postponed with no catch-up date announced


Last year, Shawn Warren, above, and Jack Wyman were declared co-champions of the Maine Event based on round one scores after rain forced the second round to be postponed. Michael G. Seamans / Morning Watchman

The Maine event, perhaps the most unique tournament on the state’s golf calendar, has been postponed, Maine State Golf Association executive director Brian Bickford confirmed Monday. No catch-up date has been determined.

The tournament was scheduled to take place on Monday and Tuesday, but Bickford said renovations to the bunker at Augusta Country Club, the host course, delayed the event.

“We don’t have a date yet. We have to look, it’s difficult because of all the other events we’re doing,” Bickford said. “We’re looking for a date right now. it’s early fall, but we’re not sure, we want to look at August as well.

“(Augusta) had a delay in their renovation, and that kind of ran into the event. It was a disappointment.

The Maine Event is in its third season. It was created as a replacement for the Maine Open, the annual professional event that came to an end due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. The Maine Event was promoted as a way to determine Maine’s champion golfer, with the field open to pros and amateurs as well as men and women.

Bickford said Falmouth Country Club professional Shawn Warren, along with former women’s amateur champions Bailey Plourde, Ruby Haylock and Jordan Laplume, were among the 94 players entered.

Bickford said finding a time that works with the schedules of participating groups will be the challenge. Junior players, for example, have golf in school starting in the fall.

“We’re trying to thread the needle,” he said. “And trying to put it on again makes it really difficult. We will try to make it work. If we don’t, we’re going to have to regroup and see what we can do for next year. But I would really like to run it this year.

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