Tuesday, 10 July 2018 18:11

Anderson leads after first round at Maine Amateur

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BELGRADE -  Belgrade Lakes Golf Club is hosting the 99th Maine Amateur Championship for the first time and if you ask any golfer they’ll tell you to keep the driver in the bag and ball below the hole on this challenging course.

“It’s one of those courses you really have to think your way around it especially off the tee shots strategize point to point,” Penobscot Valley Country Club member Drew Powell said.

 

The Bangor native Drew Powell got out to a fast start firing a 3-under 32 on the front nine. He scuffled a little bit on the back nine, but was able to keep his game in order and finish at 3-under putting himself in great position heading into the second round.

 

“I hit my irons beautifully on the front nine but on the back nine I struggled a little bit so I’ll go to the range tonight and I know what I’m working on so I’ll just work on it a  little harder,” Powell said.

 

Husson’s Gavin Dugas was also in action. He got off to a slow start on the front nine, making the turn at 4-over, but was able to bounce back and shoot a 1-under 35 on the back nine a result Dugas can live with considering his ball striking.

 

“I hit the ball pretty good today I didn't really get my putter working until the back nine, but I’m feeling good about tomorrow and hopefully I can put a good round together,” Dugas said.

 

Dugas and Powell will look to build on their rounds tomorrow, the weather conditions are favorable. 79 degrees and a slight breeze off the lake.

 

Camden Hills senior Cole Anderson is the leader after round one. He fired a 5-under 66.

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