MANCHESTER, Maine — Three pros are tied for the lead of the 94th Maine Open Golf Championship after Tuesday’s opening round at Augusta Country Club.
Jesse Larson of Mendon, Vt., Jeremiah Shields of Ottawa, Ontario, and Kevin Roy of Syracuse, N.Y., each turned in 2-under-par 68s in the first Maine Open held at Augusta since 1960.
Six other players, including 1981 Maine Open champion Don Robertson of Irving, Texas, and amateurs Jack Wyman of Portland Country Club in Falmouth Foreside and Peter Wright of Dunegrass in Old Orchard Beach, are a stroke behind the leaders. The others are pros Maki Kobayashi, Jason Parajeckas and Matthew Baker.
The original field of more than 150 players was cut to 104 players, including enough Maine pros to make 10 and enough amateurs to make 20 as well as any player within 10 strokes of the lead. They will play the final 18-hole round Wednesday starting at 7:30 a.m. The final threesome will tee off at 1:10 p.m.
The low Maine pro is Tim Desmarais of Purpoodock Club in Cape Elizabeth, who heads a group of four at even-par 70.
Dustin Cone of Jensen Beach, Fla., the 2010 Maine Open winner, amateur Ricky Jones of Thomaston, the 2006 Open victor, and 1995 Greater Bangor Open winner Eric Egloff of Sandy Spring, Md., head a large group at 71, well within striking distance on a relatively short but testy layout that measures a little over 6,200 yards.
Larson’s round included five birdies and three bogeys, shooting 1-under 34s on each side.
Shields also posted five birdies and three bogeys, but four of his birdies were on the back nine as he came home in 33. He was even on the front.
Roy started on No. 10 and made all pars on the back except for an eagle 2 on the 458-yard, par-4 13th hole. He was even on the front nine.